Hockey Today Wednesday, March 1
Undated (AP) _ Montreal at Edmonton (9:35 p.m. EST). In their only meeting this season, the Canadiens beat the Oilers 7-5 on Nov. 26. STREAKS
St. Louis beat Toronto 7-5 Monday to end a seven-game losing streak. The seven straight losses had tied the club record set in November 1967, the Blues’ first year in the NHL. ... Calgary has beaten Philadelphia eight straight times. STATS
The hat trick on Monday gave the New York Rangers’ Guy Lafleur 535 goals for his career, moving him past Frank Mahovlich into 10th place on the all- time NHL list. Lafleur has 17 career hat tricks ... With his three assists Monday against the Rangers, Wayne Gretzky broke Marcel Dionne’s Los Angeles team record with 137 points in a season. ... The New York Rangers (33-23-8) are 16-15-4 outside the Patrick Division. SHOTS ON GOAL
Calgary’s Lanny McDonald needs one more point for 1,000 in his NHL career. The right wing has been stuck on No. 999 since Feb. 15, when he had an assist in a game at Winnipeg. SLAP SHOTS
Prior to Monday’s three goals against Los Angeles, the last hat trick for Guy Lafleur of the New York Rangers came on Feb. 9, 1984, while a member of Montreal against goaltender John Garrett of Vancouver. SWINGS
Bernie Federko of the St. Louis Blues has 15 goals and 34 assists in 53 games. Last season, Federko scored 20 goals and had 69 assists in 79 games. SLUMPS
The Los Angeles Kings are 0-3-1 in their last four games. STARS
-Tim Kerr, the Philadelphia Flyers’ right wing who scored five goals and added three assists in two road games, was named the NHL Player of the Week Monday for the period ending Feb. 26. Kerr, who has 39 goals, has collected 11 points in four games since returning from a shoulder injury Feb. 18. It was the same troublesome shoulder that limited his action to eight games last season.
-Bernie Federko scored three goals as the St. Louis Blues beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-5 Monday. SIDELINED
Referee Rob Shick was cut on the left side of the head by a shot off the stick of a Philadelphia player late in the first period at Calgary Monday night. He finished the period, took four stitches during the intermission, then left for hospital and a precautionary CAT scan. SCOUTING
Ed Cristofoli and Dave Shields scored goals 31 seconds apart and goaltender Lucien Carignan made 47 saves as Denver beat North Dakota 3-2 Monday for a berth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals. SPEAKING
″Great players ... you always know when they have that extra zip.″ - Wayne Gretzky on the play of Guy Lafleur on Monday. SEASONS March 1
1988-Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe’s all-time record for assists in the Oilers’ 5-3 victory over Los Angeles. Gretzky’s assist on Jari Kurri’s goal at 12:44 of the first period surpassed Howe’s mark of 1,049. Gretzky needed less than nine seasons to break the mark it took Howe 26 seasons to set.