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October 20, 1998

Vancouver at Carolina (7 p.m. EDT). Canucks captain Mark Messier needs one goal to become the 10th player in league history with 600.



_ Eric Daze, Blackhawks, scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to lead Chicago past Montreal 2-1.

_ Andrew Brunette, Predators, had a goal and an assist as Nashville tied Toronto 2-2.

_ Dallas Drake, Coyotes, had a goal and an assist as Phoenix beat Boston 3-1.


Eric Daze banged in the rebound of Alexei Zhamnov’s shot with 3:49 left, lifting the Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Monday night. Rookie Daniel Cleary scored his first NHL goal for Chicago, which had lost six straight games in Montreal since Feb. 6, 1991.


Fredrik Modin scored at 13:51 of the second period as the Maple Leafs salvaged a 2-2 tie with Nashville on Monday night. After a 3-0 start, the Maple Leafs have lost one game and tied the expansion Predators.


Keith Tkachuk, booed in Phoenix’s home opener after ending his second straight training-camp holdout, received a rousing cheer after scoring his first goal of the season in the Coyotes’ 3-1 victory over Boston on Monday night.


Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, will rejoin the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday after the 65-year-old received a clean bill of health from his doctor on Monday. Bowman underwent an angioplasty in July to clear a blocked artery and had his left knee replaced in August.


The Oilers re-signed center Doug Weight to a two-year contract on Monday. Weight, 27, led Edmonton in scoring for the fifth consecutive season in 1997-98 with 70 points on 26 goals and 44 assists.


Defenseman Scott Niedermayer, unable to come to a contract agreement with the New Jersey Devils, signed a 25-game contract with the IHL’s Utah Grizzlies on Monday. Niedermayer, a restricted free agent, had 14 goals and 43 assists for the Devils last season.


Montreal Canadiens right wing Turner Stevenson was suspended two games and fined $1,000 by the NHL on Monday for throwing an elbow to the face of Buffalo forward Dixon Ward on Saturday.


The Vancouver Canucks acquired right wing Trent Klatt from Philadelphia on Monday for a 2000 sixth-round draft pick. Klatt had 14 goals and 28 assists with the Flyers last season.


Detroit left wing Brendan Shanahan was chosen NHL player of the week Monday after scoring five goals in three games. Shanahan had a natural hat trick in a 4-1 win over St. Louis last Friday.


Kootenay Ice forward Jaroslav Svobody was selected Western Hockey League player of the week after the Czech had four goals and two assists in two games. The 18-year-old, drafted 208th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in June, has six goals and six assists in six games.


``Oh, yeah, I don’t think there’s any question about that. I have no qualms about coming back.″ _ Coach Scotty Bowman, when asked about returning to the Red Wings. Bowman will rejoin the team Thursday.

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