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Modry gets physical on power play

10/22/2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Roman Cechmanek kept his former Philadelphia teammates in check with 22 saves, and defenseman Martin Strbak scored his first two NHL goals as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Flyers 4-0 Tuesday night.

The shutout was the 21st for Cechmanek, who was dealt to the
Kings by the Flyers after another subpar performance in the
playoffs. He is 3-2 in five starts with the Kings and has allowed
12 goals.

Jaroslav Modry and Alexander Frolov also scored for the Kings,
who lost their previous four meetings with the Flyers. Ziggy Palffy and Joe Corvo each had two assists.

Strbak, a ninth-round draft pick playing in his third NHL game,
made two trips to the penalty box in the first period before giving
Los Angeles the lead at 5:24 of the second. His one-timer from just
inside the blue line deflected off a diving Keith Primeau and past
Jeff Hackett.

Modry, criticized by coach Andy Murray on Monday for not being
physical enough, made it 2-0 on a power play at 18:14 of the
second. Modry got the puck from Lubomir Visnovsky outside the left circle, moved in and beat Hackett over the right shoulder with a
slap slot from a sharp angle.

Strbak scored his second goal with 15:45 to play, as his long
wrist shot deflected off the stick of Sami Kapanen and past defensemen Chris Therien as he tried to knock it down in front of Hackett.

The Kings, who failed to record a shot in the third period of
their 4-3 loss to Boston on Saturday, held Philadelphia to two
shots in the second period.

Cechmanek had a couple of close calls in the first period. Eric
Desjardins beat him to the glove side with a slap shot from above
the right circle during a power play less than five minutes in, but
the puck hit the right post. Kapanen was set up in front of the net
by Jeremy Roenick's pass, but his shot was right into Cechmanek's chest.

Cechmanek, an All-Star two seasons ago, was 33-15-10 in 58 games
last season for the Flyers.

But he allowed nine goals on 46 shots in the final two games of
Philadelphia's second-round series against Ottawa. That performance
and others in past postseasons led to the trade.

Game notes
Cechmanek entered this season with a career goals-against
average of 1.96, the lowest since 1943-44 among goaltenders with at
least 150 regular-season games. ... John LeClair (broken foot) is still sore and won't be back in the lineup until next weekend at the earliest. ... Philadelphia LW Simon Gagne sat out with a
bruised right shoulder. He was injured in Saturday's win at Phoenix, when Shane Doan checked him into the boards from behind.