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Viktor Kozlov scored two and Roberto Luongo made 40 saves to lead visiting Florida, which dealt a blow to New York's late playoff drive. The Rangers, who were on a season-high five-game unbeaten streak, are four points behind the Islanders, who hold the final playoff slot in the East.

Flyers land Amonte

Philadelphia's sputtering offense got a boost when Tony Amonte was acquired from the Coyotes on the eve of the trade deadline. Goals have been scarce for the Flyers, who have been coping with the lengthy absences of injured forwards John LeClair (shoulder), Simon Gagne (groin) and Justin Williams (knee).

The deal cost the Flyers left wing Guillaume Lefebvre, their second-round draft pick in 2004 and Atlanta's third-round pick this season, which the Flyers got in a trade last year.

Amonte was in the first year of a deal with the Coyotes that will pay the three-time 40-goal scorer $24-million over four years.

The deadline is today at 3 p.m., but many teams were active Monday when seven trades were completed. Among them, forward Stu Barnes and defenseman Rob Ray were dealt from Buffalo, which has the third-fewest points in the league. Barnes, the Sabres captain, was sent to Dallas for center Mike Ryan and a second-round selection this year. Ray is off to another bankrupt club in Ottawa for future considerations. Chicago traded defenseman Lyle Odelein to Dallas for defenseman Sami Helenius and a conditional draft pick.

BEEZER RESIGNS: Former NHL goalie John Vanbiesbrouck quit as coach and GM of a junior league team after using a racial slur to describe a black player. Vanbiesbrouck will keep his 25 percent ownership stake in the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, team spokesman Gino Cavallo said.

BLACKHAWKS: Captain Alex Zhamnov, 32, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of .08 when he was pulled over early Monday, Sgt. Jim Tomaso of Buffalo Grove police said. He was released within an hour.

COYOTES: The league suspended forward Andrei Nazarov indefinitely pending a hearing on the match penalty he received against San Jose on Saturday. Nazarov received the penalty for intent to injure after elbowing defenseman Dan McGillis in the jaw. McGillis was unconscious a few seconds.

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