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Hockey Today Monday, Feb. 29

February 29, 1988

Undated (AP) _ Montreal at Quebec (7:35 p.m.). The two teams have engaged in 11 fights in their six previous games, including a pre-game brawl in their last meeting on Feb. 23. STATS

New Jersey’s Pat Verbeek has 36 goals this season, a Devils’ record. In 1985-86, Greg Adams scored 35 goals. With four goals against Minnesota Sunday, Verbeek tied the franchise single-game mark set in 1982 by Bobby MacMillan when the club was in Colorado. ... Chicago’s Rick Vaive recorded his ninth career hat trick in the Blackhawks’ 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh Sunday. STREAKS

Pittsburgh has lost six straight ... New Jersey snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory over Minnesota Sunday. ... The Soviet Union has lost only five Olympic games - against 53 victories and two ties - since it began participating in 1956 and suffered its first defeat Sunday, 2-1 to Finland, in 16 games dating to the 1980 ″Miracle On Ice″ loss to the United States. SWINGS

Rick Vaive, who had seven goals in his previous 26 games, scored three goals on five shots against Pittsburgh Sunday. SLAPSHOTS

Sweden is 31-1-2 against West Germany in world championship and Olympic competition - including a 16-0-1 mark since its only loss in the 1971 world championships. SHORTHANDED

The Chicago Blackhawks have scored 16 shorthanded goals this season, bettering the club record of 15 set in 1985-86. SHOTS ON GOAL

The New Jersey Devils have outshot their opposition 163-80 in their last four games, but have lost three times. STRIKING SILVER

Finland won the silver medal - its first medal in Olympic hockey - with a 2-1 victory over the gold medalist Soviet Union on Sunday. Finland has played Olympic hockey since 1952. STARTS

Minnesota’s Stephane Roy scored his first NHL goal in Sunday’s loss to New Jersey. ... Buffalo’s Benoit Hogue, called up Friday from Rochester, made his first NHL goal a game-winner, scoring the tie-breaking goal with 9:14 to play Sunday in Buffalo’s 5-3 victory over Winnipeg. STARS Sunday

Pat Verbeek, New Jersey, scored four goals and teammate Kirk Muller had three goals and two assists as the Devils beat the Minnesota North Stars 8-6. ... Dan Quinn, Pittsburgh, scored three times, all on power plays, in the Penguins’ 7-5 loss in Chicago. SIDELINED

Minnesota defenseman Moe Mantha was taken to Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus during the second period of Sunday’s after he was checked into the boards by New Jersey’s Patrick Sundstrom. Mantha was treated for an injured left knee and released. SCOUTING

Dale Krentz scored three goals and assisted on another Sunday to help the Adirondack Red Wings tie Utica Devils 4-4 in an AHL game. Krentz has 37 goals this season. Utica goalie Craig Billington made 34 saves, including 20 in the first period. SPEAKING

″(Rick) Vaive is an outstanding example of a player who is willing to hang around the net, take the punishment that is required, and still come it of it in one piece, and still smiling.″ - Chicago coach Bob Murdoch.

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