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Hockey Today Saturday, Oct. 7

October 7, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings (10:35 p.m. EDT). It’s the first meeting of the season between Wayne Gretzky and his former teammates. In their last confrontation, Gretzky and the Kings eliminated the Oilers in last spring’s playoffs. STREAKS

The New York Rangers ended a nine-game losing streak with their season- opening 4-1 victory in Winnipeg. The Rangers lost their last five regular- season games and four straight to Pittsburgh in the playoffs. STATS

Edmonton is 6-4-1 in its 11 season-openers since joining the NHL in 1979. ... Calgary allowed seven goals in its season-opening 10-7 win over Los Angeles, the first time an opponent had scored that many goals against the Flames since Los Angeles had seven on Dec. 20, 1988. SHOTS ON GOAL

Washington outshot Philadelphia 44-24 in its 5-3 season-opening victory over the Flyers. ... The Caps took the lead to stay in the second period when Dale Hunter and Mike Ridley scored on consecutive shots. SLAP SHOTS

Winnipeg’s Dave Ellett lost two apparent goals in one period during the Jets’ 4-1 loss to the Rangers Friday night. One was disallowed because the Jets had a player in the crease, the other because referee Mark Faucette had stopped play after the net came off its moorings just as Ellett shot. SWINGS

Philadelphia, tops on the power play last season, is 1-for-13 in its first two games this season. The Flyers, fifth in penalty-killing last season, have allowed six goals in 13 opportunities in losing bith games. SLUMPS

Washington won its first season-opener since 1982. The Caps were 0-5-1 before beating Philadelphia on Friday night. SIGNINGS

Vancouver signed goaltender Dean Cook and Grant Paranica, a right wing, and assigned them to Milwaukee of the International Hockey League. The Canucks also released left wings Tom McCarthy and Mike McWilliam, center Ryan Stewart and defenseman Tim Coghlin. SWAPS

Chicago loaned goaltender Ed Belfour to the Canadian National Team. Belfour played in 23 games with Chicago last season, posting a 3.87 goals-against average. STARS Friday

John Vanbiesbrouck, Rangers, stopped 34 of 35 shots as New York downed Winnipeg 4-1 in their season opener. STATUS

Three NHL players began the season under suspension. Philadelphia goaltender Ron Hextall (12 games) and St. Louis forward Todd Ewen (10 games) are sitting out suspensions imposed during last spring’s playoffs, while Minnesota’s Mark Tinordi was docked four games for a stick-swinging incident in exhibition play. SCOUTING

Mike Donnelly’s third goal of the game, 1:14 into overtime, gave Rochester (Sabres) a 6-5 victory over Utica (Devils) on the opening night of the American Hockey League season. SPEAKING

″The only disappointing thing is that we came out of the first two games with no points. I definitely thought the effort was there. A couple of bounces went their way on the power-play and we didn’t score a power-play goal. This team definitely has to do better than that in those departments to win a hockey game.″ - Philadelphia coach Paul Holmgren after his team dropped to 0-2 with a 5-3 loss to Washington. SEASONS Oct. 7

1972-The New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames became the NHL’s 15th and 16th teams, with the Flames beating the Islanders 3-2 at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders went on to lose 60 games, then an NHL record, and finish last; the Flames finished seventh in the eight-team Western Division.

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