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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.

Arbour Honored
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.

Police Blotter:

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
         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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