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Hockey Today Saturday, Dec. 31

December 31, 1988

Undated (AP) _ Montreal at Edmonton (8:05 p.m. EST). A victory at the Northlands Coliseum would make the Canadiens the first team since the 1982-83 New York Islanders to win back-to-back games in Calgary and Edmonton. STREAKS

Hartford halted an eight-game winless streak (0-6-2) by rallying to defeat Detroit 4-3 Friday. ... Washington is 5-0-2 in its last seven home games. The Capitals snapped Buffalo’s four-game winning streak and six-game unbeaten string with a 5-3 victory Friday night. STATS

Washington is 0-7-1 against Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers and 19-7-4 against the other 18 teams. ... The Capitals swept their three games with Buffalo this season. They entered 1988-89 with a 5-40-8 lifetime mark against the Sabres. SHOTS ON GOAL

Goaltender Tom Barrasso is 10-4-3 since being traded to Pittsburgh by Buffalo. ... Detroit’s Steve Yzerman had a goal and two assists against Hartford, extending his point-scoring streak to 26 games. Yzerman has 28 goals and 33 assists during the streak. SLUMPS

The New York Islanders entered 1988 as a first-place team in the Patrick Division. They will start 1989 in last place with the worst record in the NHL. SWINGS

In 38 games with the Los Angeles Kings, John Tonelli as 16 goals. Last season, he scored 17 goals in 74 games with Calgary. SHORT-HANDED

Neal Broten of the Minnesota North Stars leads the NHL with five short- handed goals. Bill Collins holds the club record with six in 1969-70. SUTTERS

The St. Louis Blues retired Brian Sutter’s No. 11 jersey Friday night. Sutter, now the Blues’ coach, was their captain for the past nine seasons. He had 303 goals in 12 seasons for St. Louis, where he spent his entire NHL career before retiring last spring. STARTS

With 17 goals, Vancouver’s Trevor Linden is on target to break the club rookie record of 26 set by Dennis Ververgaert. SWAPS

The Boston Bruins acquired right wing Ray Neufeld from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for left wing Moe Lemay. Neufeld had five goals in 30 games for the Jets this season, while Lemay was scoreless in 10 games for Boston. SIDELINED

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zarley Zalapski underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday to repair ligment tears. He’ll be out 6-8 weeks. Zalapski was injured in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Philadelphia. SEATING

Los Angeles has drawn nine sellout crowds this season in 21 home games, breaking the team single-season record of eight, set in 1984-85. ... Vancouver and the Kings drew a sellout crowd of 16,005 to the Forum Thursday night, the first time the Canucks have played before a sellout in Los Angeles since the Canucks entered the NHL in 1970. SCOUTING Jeff Greenlaw and Mike Millar each scored three goals as Baltimore (Capitals) routed Newmarket (Maple Leafs) 8-1 in an AHL game. Greenlaw scored a natural hat trick in less than three minutes during the second period. SPEAKING

″It’s a tough call either way. I was in close and was trying to get it over him and he kicked it with his pad.″ - Washington’s Bengt Gustafsson, who scored the game-winner on a disputed goal with 2:22 left Friday as the Capitals rallied for a 5-3 victory over Buffalo. SEASONS Dec. 31

1975-In one of the most famous games in hockey history, the Montreal Canadiens and the Soviet Red Army played to a 3-3 tie at the Forum. The Canadiens had to settle for the tie despite taking 38 shots at Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.

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