Undated (AP) _ Chicago at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST). The Bruins have a four-game winning streak and are 7-1-1 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-3 on the road and 3-5-2 overall. STATS
Brett Hull, who led the league in goals the last three seasons, scored his first in six games in St. Louis’ 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Hull scored twice in the Blues’ opener and managed only one in the next nine games. ... Adam Oates had his first three-goal game in Boston’s 8-3 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night. ... Quebec, 2-29-2 on the road last season, is 3-2-1 this season. STREAKS
St. Louis ended Pittsburgh’s season-opening unbeaten streak (8-0-2) with a 6-4 victory Thursday night. Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux had two goals and an assist to extend his goal-scoring streak to 11 games, four short of the league record. ... Quebec beat the New York Rangers 6-3 Thursday night to end an eight-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden and the Rangers’ 12-game unbeaten streak at home. Quebec’s last victory at the Garden was Jan. 23, 1986. SLUMPS
San Jose has a nine-game losing streak since its season-opening victory over Winnipeg. ... Ottawa has lost eight straight since opening the season with a victory over Montreal. SPECIAL TEAMS
Quebec was 3 for 6 on the power play in its 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night. The Nordiques have 20 power-play goals in 10 games. STARTS
St. Louis rookie Jason Ruff scored his first career goal in the Blues’ 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. STARS Thursday
- Adam Oates and Dmitri Kvartalnov, Bruins. Oates had three goals and an assist and Kvartalnov had two goals and an assist in Boston’s 8-3 victory over Los Angeles. Kvartalnov has 10 goals in nine games.
- Eric Lindros, Flyers, scored two goals in Philadelphia’s 5-5 tie with Chicago. He has eight goals in 12 games.
- Andrei Kovalenko, Nordiques, scored two goals in Quebec’s 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers. STATUS
Bob Plager resigned as coach of the St. Louis Blues on Thursday after only 11 games to resume his duties as vice president and director of player development. He was replaced by assistant general manager Bob Berry. St. Louis was 4-6-1 under Plager. SCOUTING
John Gustafson made 34 saves as St. John’s (Maple Leafs) beat Fredericton (Canadiens) 3-2 in the AHL on Thursday night. ... Mike McLaughlin scored three goals as Rochester (Sabres) beat Hamilton (Canucks) 8-2 in the AHL on Thursday night. SPEAKING
″I said at the press conference when I took the job that I would know if it’s not working. I don’t know if the game has passed me by, but it was different. We have a good hockey team. They’re going to win. I did the right thing. I don’t want to cheat them.″ - Bob Plager, who resigned as coach of the St. Louis Blues on Thursday after only 11 games to resume his duties as vice president and director of player development. SEASONS Oct. 31
1942-Maurice Richard played his first NHL game. The Montreal star went on to score 544 regular-season goals and 82 more in the playoffs.
1987-Marcel Dionne of the New York Rangers became only the third NHL player to score 700 goals in his career.