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December 28, 1992

Undated (AP) _ San Jose at Vancouver (10:40 p.m. EST). The Sharks have lost all five meetings with the Canucks this season, including a pair the weekend before Christmas. STATS

San Jose’s Mark Gaudreau has 17 points and 13 goals in 12 games since being called up from the minors. He has scored at least one point in 11 straight games. ... Sunday night’s Calgary-Edmonton game was the 100th regular-season edition of the ″Battle of Alberta.″ The Oilers lead 45-41-14 despite the Flames’ 7-3 victory. ... Calgary’s 11-4-3 road record is the NHL’s best. STREAKS

Ottawa has lost seven straight games. ... Vancouver’s 5-2 victory over Montreal on Sunday night gave the Canucks a team-record 13-game home unbeaten streak. They’re 11-0-2 in that span. ... Calgary has won six in a row and is unbeaten in eight games. ... Vancouver has won four in a row. SHOTS ON GOAL

Los Angeles’ 59 shots against San Jose on Saturday night and the two-team total of 99 both were season-highs in the NHL. ... Both Toronto’s Grant Fuhr and Edmonton’s Bill Ranford stopped penalty shots on Sunday night. Shooters are 9 for 14 this season. SEATING

Edmonton drew its first home sellout of the season on Sunday night. SLUMPS

Ottawa is 0-4-0 against Quebec this season and has been outscored 26-8. SHOOTERS

The Rangers’ Mike Gartner had two goals on Sunday night, giving him 558 for his career and moving him past Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk into eighth place on the all-time list. SPECIAL TEAMS

Minnesota entered Sunday night’s action leading the NHL in penalty-killing, but allowed three goals in eight tries in a 7-4 loss at Winnipeg. The Jets came into the game this a 1-for-37 slump with the extra man. SWINGS

Quebec’s 6-1 victory over Ottawa on Sunday was the Nordiques’ 20th of the season, matching their total for all of 1991-92. SCHEDULING

Minnesota and Winnipeg have played a home-and-home post-Christmas series in 12 of the last 13 years. STARS Sunday

- Alexei Kovalev, Rangers, capped his first NHL hat trick by scoring with 36 seconds left in regulation to give New York a 6-5 win over Boston.

- Gary Roberts, Flames, scored three times in Calgary’s 7-4 victory at Edmonton.

- Tim Cheveldae, Red Wings, stopped 32 shots for his seventh career shutout in Detroit’s 4-0 victory over Chicago. SIDELINED

Rangers captain Mark Messier had to leave Sunday night’s game against Boston after the first period due to the flu. STATUS

Vancouver’s Jim Sandlak, sidelined for several weeks with a back ailment, has resumed skating. SCOUTING

Rookie Wayne Cowley stopped 36 shots, including 12 in the third period, as Cape Breton (Oilers) beat Moncton (Jets) 4-0 in an AHL game on Sunday. SPEAKING

″People say the regular season’s not important - it’s very important. You play these games to get better. Tonight we got better. The final exam is the playoffs.″ - Quebec coach Pierre Page. SEASONS Dec. 29

1984-Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton scored his 100th point in the Oilers’ 35th game of the season, a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It was the second-fastest 100-point season in NHL history.

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