Undated (AP) _ Vancouver at Boston (1:35 p.m. EST). The Bruins play their last home game in the month of February. They hit the road for a six-game trip and don’t play again at the Boston Garden until March 1. STATS
Joel Queneville played in his 775th NHL game Friday night, the most ever by a player whose last name starts with ″Q.″ Bill Quackenbush held the mark with 774 games. ... Bernie Nicholls has six goals and five assists in eight games since being acquired by the New York Rangers from Los Angeles. STREAKS
Buffalo is 8-0-1 against the New York Rangers since a 6-3 loss on Feb. 24, 1987. The Sabres ended the Rangers’ five-game unbeaten streak Friday night. ... Vancouver has won three straight games. ... New Jersey’s 5-3 victory over Washington ended the Devils’ five-game winless streak. SHOTS ON GOAL
The New York Rangers have been outshot 96-41 in the third period of goaltender Mike Richter’s last eight games, but have split 14 goals scored during those third periods. SLAP SHOTS
Buffalo has won three games on goals scored in the final minute, plus another in overtime after tying the game in the final minute. ... The Sabres’ 3-2 victory over the Rangers ended goalie Mike Richter’s seven-game unbeaten streak. SLUMPS
Vancouver is 3-10-1 in its last 14 road games and 4-11-1 overall since Jan. 7. ... The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils each have lost five games in which they led after two periods, the most in the NHL. ... The Rangers are 4-24-3 in their last 31 visits to Buffalo. SWINGS
Buffalo started the season by going 13-0-1 at home. Since then, the Sabres are only 6-7-1 at Memorial Auditorium. STARTING OUT
The NHL may face its first competition in more than a decade with the establishment of the Global Hockey League. Michael Gobuty, a former owner of the Winnipeg Jets announced the formation of the new league Friday in Los Angeles. He expects play to begin in the fall with 8-10 teams in North America and 6-8 in Europe. STATUS
The Pittsburgh Penguins have granted goaltender Tom Barrasso an extended leave of absence to join his family in Los Angeles, where his daughter will undergo treatment for cancer. The Penguins didn’t say how long he would be on leave. SIGNINGS
Hartford signed Emanuel Viveiros, a defenseman who was playing in the West German Elite League. Viveiros played 29 games with Minnesota from 1985-88. He will be assigned to Binghamton of the AHL. STARS Friday
Kirk Muller, Devils, scored twice, including the game-winning goal, and had three assists as New Jersey rallied to beat Washington 5-3. SCOUTING
Steve Rice, the New York Rangers’ top pick and 20th overall in last June’s entry draft, scored a career-high four goals Friday night to lead the Kitchener Rangers to an 8-3 Ontario Hockey League win over the North Bay Centennials. SPEAKING
″We were in pretty good shape, I thought, then we give up three goals for the second night in a row. This has been going on all season. I don’t know if it’s a mental block or what.″ - Washington coach Terry Murray after the Capitals blew a 3-1 lead SEASONS Feb. 11
1971-Montreal star Jean Beliveau scored his 500th career goal, beating Minnesota goaltender Gilles Gilbert during the Canadiens’ 6-2 victory over the North Stars at the Forum. The milestone goal came in Beliveau’s 1,101st NHL game.
1979-Vladimir Myshkin turned aside 24 shots as the Soviet National Team blanked Team NHL 6-0 to win the third and deciding game of the Challenge Cup series at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1987-Dave Poulin’s goal with 1:15 to play gave Team NHL a 4-3 victory over the Soviet National Team in the opener of Rendez-Vous ’87 at the Colisee in Quebec.
1988-Wayne Gretzky had a goal and two assists against Vancouver to surpass the 100-point mark for the ninth straight season, an NHL record. Marcel Dionne held the previous mark with eight. Gretzky also extended his own NHL record with nine consecutive 100-point seasons.