NEW YORK - Avoiding the potential of a second embarrassing sexual-harassment trial, Madison Square Garden settled a lawsuit with a former New York Rangers cheerleader who had accused executives of making unwanted advances.
MSG and Courtney Prince, who was fired in January 2004, announced a settlement Wednesday of Prince's federal lawsuit. Identical statements released by the arena and by Prince, 29, said the matter had been resolved "with no admission of wrongdoing on the part of any party." Both sides declined further comment.
After refusing a settlement deal with former Knicks team executive Anucha Browne Sanders when she accused coach Isiah Thomas and MSG of sexual harassment, the team and the Garden endured an embarrassing trial.
A jury awarded Browne Sanders $11.6 million in October; MSG settled with her for $11.5 million.
Prince, the former captain of the Rangers' cheerleaders, said in her 2004 lawsuit that she was fired by the Garden after warning her squad that at least one member of management was a sexual predator.
She had said a member of management tried to kiss her and asked her to have sex with him after a postgame party in 2003.
Crosby leads all-star vote.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby leads the league with 445,144 votes and the Detroit Red Wings look set to have three starters in the Jan. 27 All-Star Game in Atlanta, with balloting ending Wednesday.
Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom maintained his lead in the Western Conference with 420,436 votes, and teammates Henrik Zetterberg (291,952) and Pavel Datsyuk (262,619) were the leaders among forwards.
In the East, Tampa Bay forward Vincent Lecavalier (198,953) trails Crosby, while Daniel Alfredsson of Ottawa is third (197,693), slightly ahead of the Flyers' Daniel Briere (162,019).
Last night's games
Canadiens 5, Lightning 2
TAMPA, Fla. - Andrei Markov and Andrei Kostitsyn scored 24 seconds apart early in the third period, Cristobal Huet made 28 saves, and Montreal beat Tampa Bay.
Panthers 5, Thrashers 3
ATLANTA - Nathan Horton scored two goals to help Florida beat Atlanta. Ilya Kovalchuk scored his league-leading 30th and 31st goals in the third period for the Thrashers.
Senators 5, Islanders 2
OTTAWA - Jason Spezza scored a power-play goal for his 300th NHL point and Dany Heatley had two assists to reach 50 points this season, leading Ottawa to a win over New York.
Penguins 4, Capitals 3
PITTSBURGH - Sergei Gonchar scored in overtime after Darryl Sydor had tied it late in the third period, and Pittsburgh rallied to beat Washington.
Predators 4, Blue Jackets 3
NASHVILLE - Ville Koistinen's first NHL goal was a winner as Nashville edged Columbus.
Red Wings 4, Avalanche 2
DENVER - Valtteri Filppula scored two goals for the second straight game and Dominik Hasek made 22 saves in Detroit's win over Colorado.
Ducks 2, Oilers 1
EDMONTON, Alberta - Doug Weight scored a tiebreaking goal with 3 minutes, 39 seconds left to lift Anaheim over Edmonton.
Wild 3, Coyotes 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Niklas Backstrom had 46 saves in Minnesota's victory over Phoenix.