Wednesday, Oct. 23 Hockey Today
Undated (AP) _ San Jose at Hartford (7:35 p.m. EDT). The Sharks begin the first long road trip in their history, a seven-game Eastern swing, against the Whalers, winners of four in a row. STATS
Vancouver’s 7-1-1 start is the best in the franchise’s 21-year NHL history. Goaltender Kirk McLean has all seven wins. STREAKS
Toronto has lost six straight after winning two of its first three. The Maple Leafs are 0-5-0 on the road. ... Vancouver is 4-0-1 in its last five games. SHOTS ON GOAL
Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers leads the NHL with 44 shots in 10 games. However, he has just three goals - one less than Toronto’s Rob Pearson managed on just eight shots in seven games. SLAP SHOTS
Dale Hunter of Washington and Gary Suter of Calgary share the NHL lead in assists with 11. Between them, though, they have scored just one goal - by Hunter. SLUMPS
Toronto has not won a game since its captain, Wendel Clark, went down with a knee injury two weeks ago. STARS
Pat Verbeek, Whalers, was named the NHL’s Player of the Week. Verbeek, who rejoined the team last Monday after walking out of training camp, had four goals and four assists in three games. SOCKED
Toronto coach Tom Watt says goaltender Grant Fuhr will be fined for missing the team’s flight from Winnipeg to Vancouver. Fuhr took a later flight and joined the team midway through Monday’s pregame practice. He’s unable to play due to an injured right thumb. SIDELINED
St. Louis defenseman Paul Cavallini will be out 4-6 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee sustained in Sunday’s 4-1 victory in Chicago. He will not need surgery, but must wear a brace and undergo therapy. SCOUTS
The Tampa Bay Lightning, preparing to begin play next season, on Monday named John Chapman as its head scout and hired Angelo Bumbacco, Don Murdoch, Richard Rose, Doug Macauley, Luke Williams and Jake Goertzem as scouts. STATUS
The New York Rangers recalled defenseman Peter Fiorentino from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday while sending left wing Ric Bennett and center Corey Millen to Binghamton. SCOUTING
Gord Pell of Cornwall, who had three goals and five assists in a 13-1 victory over Eric Lindros-less Oshawa, was named the Ontario Hockey League’s player of the week on Monday. SPEAKING
″When the team’s doing badly, we have to forget our personal goals. I’d settle for a few more wins than individual points.″ - Toronto center Brian Bradley. SEASONS Oct. 23
1966-Bobby Orr scored his first career goal, an unassisted tally at 4:13 of the third period against Montreal goaltender Gump Worsley. The Bruins lost to the Canadiens 3-2.
1971-Guy Lafleur scored the first of his 518 NHL goals, beating Kings goaltender Gary Edwards during Montreal’s 3-1 victory at Los Angeles.