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Lemieux Records Four
During a recent game in Mario Lemieux's home town of Montreal, the Pens captain recorded four goals in the third period to lead Pittsburgh to 6-4 victory. Lemieux's effort marked the 11th time in league history that a player has scored four times in a period, the fifth time it has been done in the final stanza. Washington's Peter Bondra was the last player with four in a period, scoring four times in the first against Tampa Bay on Feb. 5, 1994.
Bowman Nears Milestone
Scotty Bowman, coach of the Detroit Red Wings, needs only one more victory to become the first NHL head coach to reach the 1000 win plateau.
No other head coach, active or non-active, has coached or won as many games as Bowman. In fact, his closest competition is from ex-Isles coach Al Arbour.
G W L T Pct. Scott Bowman, Stl-Mon-Buf-Pit-Det 1704 999 451 254 .661 Al Arbour, StL-NYI 1606 781 577 248 .564 Dick Irvin, Chi-Tor-Mon 1437 690 521 226 .559 Billy Reay, Tor-Chi 1102 542 385 175 .571 Toe Blake, Mon 914 500 255 159 .634
Clarke Heads Olympic Team
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bob Clarke will head Canada's hockey selection committee for the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
The Toronto Star reported Wednesday that Clarke will be assisted by fellow general managers Bob Gainey of Dallas and Pierre Gauthier of Ottawa.
It's been 13 years since the NY Islanders have had any playoff success. Success due in part to their former coach, Al Arbour. In order to honor Arbour, who lead the team to 4 Stanley Cup championships in the early 80s, the NY Islanders raised a number "739" banner to the rafters of the Nassau Coliseum. The 739 represents the number of wins during Arbour's coaching career with the Islanders.
Milbury Steps Down
He didn't want to do it, but Mike Milbury stepped down from his coaching duties with the NY Islanders. John Spano, who recently purchased the Isles franchise, influenced Milbury's decision to step down from coaching. Milbury will now concentrate on his GM duties as the team continues to rebuild.
Jim Cummins, CHI -- Misconducts
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Jim Cummins received an automatic one-game suspension from the National Hockey League Thursday for picking up his third game misconduct penalty of the season in Wednesday's home loss to Vancouver. Cummins and Vancouver left wing Donald Brashear each received fighting majors and game misconducts following a melee at 3:03 of the first period. Cummins, who has two goals, two assists and 111 penalty minutes in 33 games, received a double game misconduct Nov. 17 against Los Angeles.
Todd Harvey, DAL -- Elbowing
The NHL announced Sunday that Dallas Stars center Todd Harvey was suspended for Sunday's 4-3 loss at Detroit and could miss more action, pending a hearing. Harvey was suspended for a flagrant elbow against Buffalo's Matthew Barnaby in the third period of Friday's 3-1 loss to the Sabres. Harvey was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct.
Sean O'Donnell, LOS -- Unfair Fighting
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell was suspended by the NHL for one game without pay and fined $1,000 Thursday for an incident in a January 29 game against Colorado.
In that game, O'Donnell made contact with Avalanche forward Valeri Kamensky while on the Kings' bench.
Peter Bondra, WAS -- Kneeing
Bondra was suspended for at least one game and missed Sunday night's game pending a hearing. At the hearing the suspension, which is the result of a kneeing incident against Florida's Ray Sheppard in the second period of Saturday's 3-1 Capitals victory, could be increased. Bondra was assessed a major penalty for kneeing.
1996-97 NHL Suspension
Date Player/Team/Length Opponent Reason Feb 2 Peter Bondra Florida Kneeing incident Washington against Ray Sheppard At least 1 game pending hearing Feb 2 Todd Harvey Buffalo Flagrant elbow Dallas against Matthew At least 1 game Barnaby pending hearing Jan 30 Sean O'Donnell Colorado Involved in Los Angeles altercation on 1 game bench with Valeri Kamensky Jan 23 Jim Cummins Toronto Drawing third Chicago game misconduct 1 game of the season Jan 19 Craig Berube Ottawa Slashing Washington Dennis Vial 2 games Jan 11 Rich Pilon Pittsburgh Stick swinging NY Islanders Mario Lemieux 2 games Jan 7 Mike Craig Vancouver High-sticking Toronto Mike Sillinger 2 games Jan 7 Troy Mallette Dallas Flagrant elbow Boston Grant Marshall 2 games Jan 1 Keith Primeau Washington Slash Hartford Joe Juneau 2 games Dec 31 Greg Hawgood Edmonton Slash San Jose Boris Mironov 2 games Dec 6 Pavel Bure Buffalo Forearm blow Vancouver Garry Galley 1 game Nov 30 Guy Lapointe Edmonton Attacking a fan Calgary assistant coach 2 games Nov 30 Kevin Constantine Edmonton Attacking a fan Calgary assistant coach 1 game Nov 26 Grant Ledyard Florida Kneeing Dallas Rob Niedermayer 2 games Nov 26 Sasha Lakovic Edmonton Attacking a fan Calgary 2 games Nov 15 Mathieu Schneider Anaheim Flagrant elbow Toronto Paul Kariya 3 games Nov 1 Alexei Zhitnik Dallas High-sticking Buffalo Jamie Langenbrunner 2 games Oct 16 Daniel Lacroix Los Angeles Elbowing Philadelphia Kevin Stevens 2 games Oct 11 Brendan Shanahan Edmonton Cross-checking Detroit Greg de Vries 1 game Oct 8 Mark Messier Florida Checking from behind NY Rangers Mike Hough 2 games Oct 8 Louie DeBrusk Vancouver Slashing Edmonton Dana Murzyn 4 games Oct 7 Scott Stevens Detroit High-sticking New Jersey Igor Larionov 1 game
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