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Thursday, Nov. 5 Hockey Today

November 5, 1987

SCOREBOARD (AP) _ Edmonton at Calgary (9:35 p.m. EST). The Oilers lost only 24 games last season, but six were to Calgary, which posted a 6-1-1 record against Edmonton. This season, the teams have split their two games, each winning on the other’s ice. STREAKS

Hartford is 5-0-2 after going 0-5-0 to start the season ... Boston is 0-3-2 since its last win Oct. 24 ... The New York Rangers are 0-5-1 and have lost their last five games ... Minnesota broke an 0-7-2 streak against Detroit with a 7-4 victory at the Met Center Wednesday night ... Chicago is 0-4-2 in its last six games ... Montreal has three wins and two ties in its last five games. STATS

Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky recorded the 1,000th assist of his NHL career in Wednesday night’s 7-2 victory over the New York Rangers. He also recorded his 42nd career hat trick ... The Rangers’ Marcel Dionne recorded his 999th career assist in the same game. SWINGS

New York Islanders right wing Alan Kerr has seven goals in the team’s first 12 games. Last season, he had seven in 72 games. SLAPSHOTS

Tomas Sandstrom of the New York Rangers has no goals and one assist in four games since being cross-checked by Philadelphia’s Dave Brown in a game on Oct. 26. ... The New York Rangers have allowed 27 goals in their last four games, all losses. SIDELINED

Linesman Ryan Bozak suffered a broken cheekbone when he was hit by a puck in the first period of Wednesday’s Winnipeg-Toronto game. He will be unable to work for five weeks. STARTS

At 7-4-1, the Washington Capitals are off to their best start ever ... Detroit’s Glen Sharples got his first NHL goal in Tuesday’s 2-2 tie with Minnesota ... Winnipeg’s Ron Elyniuk also scored his first NHL goal, in a 7-3 loss to Toronto Wednesday night. SWAPS

The New York Rangers sent defensemen Willie Huber and Larry Melnyk to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Michel Petit. SLUMPS

The Philadelphia Flyers are 1-5-1 in their last seven games. SCOUTING

The Baltimore Skipjacks are 0-12, three shy of the American Hockey League record for consecutive losses. STARS Wednesday

Wayne Gretzky, Oilers, scored three goals in the first 21:31 and added two assists, including the 1,000th of his career, as Edmonton mauled the New York Rangers 7-2. It was his 42nd regular-season three-goal game. SPEAKING

″This is special because only one other guy has ever done it and he’s the greatest to ever play the game.″ - Wayne Gretzky on his 1,000 assist and his pursuit of Gordie Howe’s all-time record of 1,049.

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