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Monday, Jan. 29 Hockey Today

January 30, 1989

Undated (AP) _ New York Islanders at New York Rangers (7:35 p.m. EST). The Rangers are 4-1 against the Islanders this season, outscoring them 12-5 in the last three victories. STREAKS

Calgary is 6-0-1 in its last seven games and 20-1-4 at the Olympic Saddledome this season. ... The Flames are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1). STATS

Bernie Federko had two assists in Saturday’s tie with Washington and now has 700 in his career ... Guy Lafleur will play in his 1,000th NHL game tonight when the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders ... George Armstrong is 5-10-3 since replacing John Brophy as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 19. SHOTS ON GOAL

Goaltender Randy Exelby, recalled four times by the Canadiens from their AHL affiliate this season, can finally say he’s appeared in an NHL game. He replaced an ailing Patrick Roy for three minutes against Buffalo on Friday night, stopping one shot. But with Roy and Brian Hayward, back from the flu, both healthy again, Exelby was returned to the minors. SLAP SHOTS

George Armstrong hasn’t decided whether to accept a two-year extension of his contract as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, General Manager Gord Stellick said Sunday. Stellick, confirming a Toronto Star report that team owner Harold Ballard wants Armstrong to stay on, said Armstrong will make up his mind at the end of the season. SLUMPS

The Los Angeles Kings are 0-5-1 in their last six games ... New Jersey has won only two of its last 10 games ... Montreal center Bobby Smith has 21 goals but only two in his last 22 games. SWINGS

In 38 games this season, Edmonton’s Craig Simpson has 20 goals. Last year, he scored 56 goals in 80 games with the Oilers and Pittsburgh. SIDELINED

Hartford’s Ron Francis, who was slashed during the first period Saturday by Quebec’s Steven Finn, suffered a broken left index finger and will be out three to five weeks. The Whalers’ Brian Lawton, who was slashed by Robert Picard, will be out at least three weeks with a broken left wrist. Scot Kleinendorst suffered a bruised left hand and will out of Hartford’s lineup for seven to 10 days. STARS Sunday

Joe Nieuwendyk, Flames, had two assists and the game-tying goal in a 4-4 tie with Vancouver. SCOUTING

Tim Lenardon scored three goals as Utica (Devils) routed Baltimore (Capitals) 8-2 in an AHL game Sunday. SPEAKING

″It’s a shame he’s not in the all-star game the way he’s playing. It’s kind of unjust that there’s six Oilers in the game and three Flames. I know Glen Sather loves his Oilers. I guess he likes to keep the war of Alberta going.″ - Vancouver coach Bob McCammon on Calgary center Joe Nieuwendyk, who scored the tying goal Sunday in a 4-4 deadlock. SEASONS Jan. 30

1973-Bobby Schmautz snapped a 4-4 tie with a goal at 13:59 of the third period to give the East All-Stars a 5-4 victory over the West. Greg Polis, who scored twice, was the game’s MVP.

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