Bruins F Jason Allison will miss the rest of the season after deciding to have surgery--first on his left thumb and then on his right wrist. Allison, bothered for some time by the torn wrist tendon, had hoped to make it through the season without surgery. Allison has led the Bruins in scoring in each of his two full seasons.

SMITH STILL AILING: Flames D Steve Smith will be out indefinitely after bruising his spinal cord in a collision during Saturday's game against the Lightning, the team said. The injury could force Smith, 36, to retire for the second time in three years.

FRESHMAN IS NO. 1: University of Wisconsin LW Dany Heatley is the top-ranked player eligible for this year's NHL entry draft, the first time a U.S. college player has ever topped the rankings. The 19-year-old Heatley, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman who was born in Freiberg, West Germany, and raised in Calgary, has 16 goals and 12 assists in 20 games with the Badgers.

POLICE CLEARED IN LINDROS CASE: Voorhees, N.J., police properly handled an investigation into a New Year's Day crash involving Flyers captain Eric Lindros, authorities said. Physical evidence and independent witnesses confirm that Lindros's girlfriend, Jessica Lloyd, and not Lindros, was behind the wheel of his 1995 Mercedes Benz when it jumped the curb at about 2:30 a.m.