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March 12, 1996

Winnipeg at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST). The completion of a home-and-home series. The Red Wings, with an NHL-best 50 wins and 104 points, beat the Jets 5-2 Sunday night.

STARS

Monday

Jocelyn Thibault, Canadiens, stopped 21 shots as Montreal won its final game at the Forum, 4-1 over Dallas.

Pierre Turgeon and Mark Recchi, Canadiens, each had a goal and assist in Montreal’s 4-1 win.

Denis Savard, Blackhawks, had two goals and an assist to become the 15th player in NHL history with 1,300 points as Chicago beat Florida 8-4.

Of The Week

Tampa Bay goaltender Darren Puppa, who posted two shutouts, was the NHL player of the week. Puppa was flawless in goal as the Lightning extended their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1). He defeated Chicago 5-0, stopping 20 shots, and made 28 saves in a 1-0 victory over Washington.

SLUMPING

After an 8-4 loss to Chicago on Monday night, the Panthers are 0-7-1 since Feb. 24. Florida has lost five straight.

SCORING

Denis Savard had two goals and an assist to become the 15th player in NHL history with 1,300 points as the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the faltering Florida Panthers 8-4 Monday night.

The only players ahead of Savard on the league’s career scoring list: Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Stan Mikita, Mark Messier, Bryan Trottier, Paul Coffey, John Bucyk, Dale Hawerchuk, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Jari Kurri and Gilbert Perreault.

STRONG RETURN

Chicago goalie Ed Belfour returned from injury to make 38 saves for the Blackhawks in Monday night’s 4-1 victory over Florida.

SAD DAY

The Montreal Canadiens played their final game at the 72-year-old Forum on Monday night against Dallas. The Canadiens move into the new 21,361-seat Molson Centre on Saturday, and will open it against the Rangers.

All of the former players who showed up remembered Cup conquests or the first time they pulled on the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge jersey of the Canadiens.

Also in the crowd was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who sat behind the Canadiens bench with team president Ronald Corey for their final game in the building.

SCOUTING

Dennis Bonvie scored 49 seconds into overtime as the Cape Breton Oilers beat the PEI Senators 3-2 in the AHL Monday night.

STILL GOING

New Hampshire’s women took the ECAC championship and snapped the record for the longest game in NCAA history. After going into five overtimes Sunday night, New Hampshire beat four-time defending champion Providence 3-2. The game lasted five hours and 35 minutes.

Sophomore Brandy Fisher scored the winning goal at 5:35 of the fifth overtime, or 145:35 of total game time, when she slapped in a rebound of Dottie Catlin’s shot.

SPEAKING

``I’m not going to shed any tears. But one of the greatest moments in my life was putting on a Canadiens uniform.″ _ Former Canadiens player John Ferguson on the closing of the Montreal Forum on Monday night.

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