Undated (AP) _ Detroit at Toronto (8:05 p.m. EST). The surging Red Wings, 17-4-3 in their last 24 games, face the Central Division-leading Maple Leafs, unbeaten in 11 games (7-0-4). STARS Thursday
- Sergei Makarov, San Jose, scored with 1:47 left in overtime for a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.
- Mark Messier, Rangers, scored his 20th and 21st goals of the year in a 3-0 victory over Boston. Messier has scored at least 20 goals in a season 13 times in his 15-year career.
- Iain Fraser, Quebec, scored on a breakaway midway through the third period to beat St. Louis 4-3. SHUTOUTS
Glenn Healy of the New York Rangers stopped 28 shots in recording his seventh career shutout, and second this season, in a 3-0 victory over Boston. Healy’s shutout was the first by the Rangers in Boston since Ed Giacomin was in the nets for a 3-0 victory on Jan. 12, 1967. STREAKS
Quebec snapped a 15-game winless streak (0-13-2) against St. Louis and beat them on the road for the first time since Nov. 14, 1984. ... Brett Hull continued a recent hot streak for St. Louis, scoring his 37th goal. He has six goals in his last three games. SLUMPS
Philadelphia lost its fifth straight game, 3-2 in overtime to San Jose on Thursday night. The Flyers, who dropped below .500 for the first time this season (24-25-3), haven’t won since Jan. 19. SWINGS
The Rangers’ 3-0 victory ended Boston’s five-game winning streak. The Bruins were unbeaten in their last seven games (6-0-1) coming in. STATUS
Pittsburgh recalled right wings Mike Needham and Ed Patterson from their Cleveland farm team Thursday, one day after they were sent down to play against the Penguins’ Russian farm team. ... Goaltender Roberto Romano was returned to the Lumberjacks after posting a victory, a tie and a 1.44 goals- against average in two games for the Penguins. SKATERS
Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan received a standing ovation when she was introduced at Boston Garden between the first and second periods of the Bruins-Rangers game. Kerrigan was given a Bruins jacket by captain Ray Bourque. SCOUTING
Jason Ruff, Jeff Madill and Brent Gretzky scored power play goals Thursday night as the Atlanta Knights of the International Hockey League beat the touring Russian Penguins, formerly the Central Red Army team, 3-1.
Goalie Wendell Young, beginning an injury rehabilitation assignment from the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, faced only 15 shots and had a shutout until 8:30 of the third period when Boris Zelenko deflected a slap shot by Sergei Brylin into the net. SPEAKING
″It’s our third game in four nights. It’s a tough building to win in. They won five in a row. The script was set up for Boston to have a good night and we spoiled it.″ - Rangers goalie Glenn Healy, after shutting out Boston 3-0.