Week In Review after games played on Saturday, November 4, 1989
Jimmy Carson Traded to Red Wings in Major 6 Player Deal
On Friday, the Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers finalized a major 6 player trade that sent star forward Jimmy Carson, who had left the Oilers back to his hometown team, the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for former #1 overall pick, Joe Murphy. Jimmy Carson, Kevin McLelland, and a 5th Round Pick in 1991 goes to Detroit in exchange for Joe Murphy, Petr Klima, Adam Graves, and Jeff Sharples.
Jimmy Carson, the team's leading goal scorer from the previous year, abruptly left the team after the 4th game of the season and demanded a trade. Among his reasons, Carson found the pressure of replacing Wayne Gretzky, the player he was traded for, impossible to play under. In addition, Carson, who grew up in Michigan with an affluent family, did not enjoy life in the city of Edmonton, which is nearing the end of a crushing recession. Finally, the Oilers granted Carson's wish and dealt him to his hometown Detroit Red Wings.
Edmonton General Manager Glen Sather decided to do a deal to get the emphasis off the Gretzky trade and everybody talking about a new one.
It was a real hockey trade and Sather feels it will turn into one of the greatest trades of his career.
He unloaded the highly unpopular Jimmy Carson and the aging Kevin McLelland to Detroit for Joe Murphy, Adam Graves and Peter Klima.
“We’re committed to getting this team back on track again,” said Sather. “All these guys are world class skaters. Murphy and Graves are young guys with great potential and we have some experienced players to teach them.”
Dave Archibald Traded to Rangers
The New York Rangers made a trade on Thursday, November 1st that was overshadowed by the Red Wings/Oilers blockbuster. The Rangers acquired the #6 overall pick of the 1987 draft Dave Archibald from the Minnesota North Stars for the #10th overall pick from the same draft, defenseman Jayson More. Both players can use a change of scenery as neither has yet to live up to their lofty draft status. So far, in 12 games, Archibald has a goal, 2 assists for 3 points and is a +2. More has played in one NHL game last year for the Rangers and is currently playing for the Kalamazoo Wings in the IHL.
Ron Hextall Returns to the Net for the Flyers
NHL ROUNDUP : Hextall Returns to Lead Flyers to a 4-4 tie
November 05, 1989
First, the Philadelphia Flyers were counting the days until goaltender Ron Hextall returned. Then, when things went from bad to worse, they were counting the minutes.
Hextall, suspended for the first 12 games after attacking Chris Chelios of the Montreal Canadiens with his stick in the playoffs last spring, went into the nets Saturday night at Toronto for a team that had gone 3-8-1 without him.
Hextall let in an early goal to Wendel Clark, but recovered to play 65 solid minutes in the Flyers' 4-4 draw. After giving up two goals in the first period, Hextall settled down, but he suffered a slight groin pull and he may miss some more time.
"Not playing was tough," Hextall said. "And when they scored in the first period, it was worse. But then I settled down and felt pretty good out there.
"My knees were shaking at the start, and I didn't feel right until the second period.
"I'm not the whole answer, though. The team came out to play tonight. We played better than in most games when I was suspended."
That first goal, by Wendel Clark, was a powerful slap shot. It reminded Hextall that the first shot he ever faced in the NHL went past him into the net.
"After two periods and 30 shots, I was tired," Hextall said.
The tie was only the seventh point for the Flyers, who are in fifth place in the Patrick Division.
Calgary Flames Surging
The Calgary Flames are the NHL’s best team up to this point, thanks to a dominating surge, having won 7 straight games, and 11 of their last 12 to put them at 11-4-1, for 23 points which is good enough for the best record in the NHL. This was after stumbling out of the gate with an 0-3-1 record.
“We had a little bit of a hard time getting started”, said head coach Terry Crisp. “I feel like out concentration and execution was a problem early-on. Then we lost a wild opening night game in overtime and it carried over for the first week. We fixed some things, got back to basics and captain Jim Peplinski did a wonderful job getting everyone on the same page, and since Jim retired, Brad (McCrimmon) has continued the solid leadership.”
The Flames went 3-0-0 this week with Mike Vernon picking up 3 wins since being out with an injury. Joe Nieuwendyk scored 2 game-winning goals this week. Nieuwendyk’s 10 goals, 21 points, and 4 game-winning goals lead the Flames. Al MacInnis has proven to be a stable, yet dangerous force on the blueline, providing a team-leading 14 assists and has had 15 takeaways thus far.
The Flames are 7-1-1 on the road and 5-0-0 in the Smythe Division.
Break Up The Whalers
In The Wales Conference, the Hartford Whalers have emerged as a very unlikely powerhouse. Hartford has lost just one time in their past 13 contests, going 10-1-2. They are currently riding a 6 game winning streak. Mike Liut is emerging as an early Vezina Trophy candidate, having posted a 6-1-2 record in 9 games so far with a 1.86 GAA, a .932 save %, and 2 shutouts. Ron Francis and Pat Verbeek lead the way offensively with 9 goals and 15 assists, and 9 goals and 16 assists respectively. Both are among the league scoring leaders. The Whalers have opened up an early lead on Montreal and the rest of the Adams Division.
As a team, the Whalers have allowed the least goals against, and have posted an NHL-best 2.66 GAA. Their goal differential is also the best in the NHL at +15. This week they posted some impressive wins vs St. Louis, Detroit, and Los Angeles.
The Whalers are off until Wednesday, when they host the Buffalo Sabres in an Adams Division clash.
Probert Gets 3 Month Sentence
Probert Gets 3 Months
DETROIT, Oct. 17— Bob Probert, the former Detroit Red Wing, was sentenced by District Judge Patrick Duggan today to three months in prison and fined $2,000 for smuggling cocaine into the United States from his native Canada.
Probert, who is 24 years old, was arrested March 2 by United States Customs officials in Detroit with 14.3 grams of cocaine in his underwear. He will spend three years on probation after being released from prison, with the first three months of that to be spent in a community center selected by the court.
Probert, who has been in a substance-abuse clinic for seven months, pleaded guilty July 18 to one count of importation of cocaine. The National Hockey League expelled him after the cocaine arrest, but since has told the Red Wings to keep him on a protected players' list.
Grant Fuhr Returns from Retirement/Appendectomy
Grant Fuhr was well-rested and eager to begin his season Sunday night at Montreal, but his Edmonton teammates were very weary.
Although Fuhr showed early in his first game that he is still an outstanding goaltender, the Oilers did not squander a 2-0 lead to beat the Canadiens in the Forum 5-2.
It was the fifth game in eight nights for the Oilers and they finished the trip at 3-2-0.
Fuhr, who announced his retirement before the season, then changed his mind, underwent an appendectomy just before the season began and missed the first 11 games.
The Canadiens didn't waste any time putting the 27-year-old Fuhr, a key figure in the Oilers' four Stanley Cup championships, to the test.
Shortly after the opening faceoff, Sylvain Lefebvre went in alone, but Fuhr made a fine glove save.
Rookie Craig Simpson and Jari Kurri scored to give Fuhr a 2-0 lead. The Canadiens scored with about 5 minutes left in the period, but the Oilers reclaimed their 2 goal lead heading into the lockerroom.
Montreal again came within one at 3-2 at the second intermission before Craig Muni and Norm Lacombe score 3rd period goals to claim the 5-2 victory.
November 3, 1989, Washington vs. Toronto Rematch
Two teams from different conferences renewed their contentious business carried over from a wild October 21st contest that saw a season-high 70 Penalty Minutes, and a number of altercations, including Maple Leaf Goaltender Mark LaForest taking on Capital troublemaker Dale Hunter. The Leafs had a wild comeback to take the game 4-3.
This contest had a similar formula. The Capitals jumped ahead in the first 7 minutes thanks to a Rob Murray goal, his third of the season. Scott Stevens and Rob Ramage fought late in the first, and again in the waning minutes of regulation time.
Mike Ridley scored his 4th on the powerplay 4:26 into the second, but it wouldn’t hold long, as only 20 seconds later, Vincent Damphousse netted his 3rd on a feed from Dan Marois to cut the Washington lead to 2-1. Nick Kypreos answered for the Capitals with his second from Dave Christian to claim the 2-goal lead back again. Don Beaupre would hold the lead into the 40 minute break.
Damphouse got his second of the game just 23 seconds into the 3rd period on the powerplay, and Ramage got a powerplay goal of his own with 6:23 remaining to draw even with another Toronto 3rd period comeback.
Brad Marsh took a tripping penalty a minute into overtime to give the Capitals the powerplay. The Leafs successfully killed the penalty, but a scramble in front of LaForest as the powerplay ended, saw Dale Hunter find a lane to penetrate in and he beat LaForest far-side for the overtime winner to even the wild season-series.
It was a tough loss for the Leafs, who lost their 3rd straight after enjoying a 5 game unbeaten streak.
Teams are starting to solidify their spots in the standings and it is becoming harder to move up or down in the standings. However, the season is still young, and one or two strong weeks can wildy alter any team’s standing.
The Calgary Flames remain the NHL’s hottest team, and sport the league’s best record at 11-4-1 for 23 points. The other previously mentioned hot team is the Hartford Whalers at 10-4-2, and they have the second best record, best in the Wales Conference. The Los Angeles Kings, who started out red-hot have cooled off quite a bit and are regressing back into the Smythe Division pack.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are having a difficult time putting things together as Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey are falling short of expectations, and they are trying to replace injured defenseman Zarley Zalapski (fractured collarbone) and injured goaltender Tom Barrasso (groin injury). The Penguins have the worst point total in the league at 3-11-0. Their goal differential is -18, 3rd worst in the NHL, barely ahead of Quebec and the New York Rangers.
The most disappointing team so far is the Rangers, who are in 4th place in the Patrick Division at 5-9-1, 10 points below their actual points were at this point in the season. The next closest is their Patrick Division rivals, the previously mentioned Pittsburgh Penguins, who are at -6 from their actual. Vancouver and Buffalo, the class of 1970 are at -4.
The most surprising two teams remain the Division leading Hartford Whalers and the New York Islanders, each at +5 over their actual record. Their performances on the blue line and in net have carried them to the top of two competitive Divisions. The Islanders will be tested though as they are now down three defensemen as Rich Pilon had to be hospitalized after taking a shot in the right eye off the stick of Brent Fedyk. They are already short Jeff Norton and Dean Chynoweth.
Division races are all close and we have a number of big games this week. Highlights include another battle of Alberta and Minnesota vs Toronto Monday night the 6th, Washington visits the Islanders in Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, and Wednesday features Buffalo @ Hartford, Calgary @ Los Angeles, and Vancouver @ Winnipeg.
Now on to the NHL’s league leaders through the fifth week of action.
Steve Yzerman still leads the league in goals and points, but he has a lot of company. Denis Savard of the Blackhawks has tied Yzerman at 26 points (but has played 2 additional games). Pat Verbeek, Wayne Gretzky, Neil Broten, and Ed Olczyk each are only 1 point behind at 25, and Bernie Nicholls, Ron Francis, and Adam Oates are at 24 points. That is 9 players within 2 points of the league-lead.
Wayne Gretzky jumped into the scoring race with a 7-point week
The duo of Larry Robinson and Steve Duchesne remain at the top of the +/- rankings, but were a -6 for the week, closing the gap. Doug Crossman is playing solid on the Islanders’ blue line and will be needed as that unit is on the mend. Crossman is a +10. 7 Players are tied at +9. Luc Robitaille and Bernie Nicholls also shared in the Kings’ pains for the week as they both went -4, and dropped from 3rd and 4th in the rankings to the 30’s.
Duchesne and Robinson’s lead shrinks
PENALTY MINUTES LEADERS
Gary Roberts was in a foul mood this week, getting 39 Penalty Minutes and taking over the league-lead from Dave Manson
The Blackhawks continue to have the most penalty minutes in the NHL with 381 in 17 games. The next team is the Capitals at 331 minutes. The least-penalized team is a tie between the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets with 154 PIM.
Doug Wilson has been the NHL’s stingiest defender, with 35 takeaways to lead the NHL. Chicago as a team, however, continues to have problems keeping the puck out of their net.
FACEOFF PERCENTAGE LEADERS
POWERPLAY GOALS LEADERS
Mike Liut and Patrick Roy have been the class of NHL goaltending thus far. Mark Fitzpatrick of the Islanders has been equally as effective with a more limited role. Steve Weeks and Steve Guenette have looked good, but still need some more volume to prove themselves.
SAVE PERCENTAGE LEADERS
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS
GOALIE RATING PERCENTAGE LEADERS
Patrick Roy leads the NHL in Wins with 9
Game of the Week:
Round One of the Battle Of Alberta
A rivalry was renewed Friday night, as Calgary visited the Northlands Coliseum to face the struggling Oilers. There was renewed excitement in Edmonton as this was the first game since the Jimmy Carson trade, which would hopefully reinvigorate the team. It was also Grant Fuhr’s second start after winning his first start of the season in Montreal.
The game started off with Gary Suter trying to set the tone and getting tangled up in a scrum with Craig Muni. It resulted in a rare 1-minute powerplay for the Flames, which was killed off. This game was exceptionally tame on that front for a battle of Alberta.
Jan Hrdina scored for the Flames to open the scoring with his first of the season 7:36 into the game, which was officially the season’s 1,000th goal scored. Brian MacLellan made it 2-0 on the powerplay with Jeff Beukeboom in the penalty box with 5:31 remaining in the first. Less than 4 minutes later, Craig MacTavish came through with his third of the season to cut the lead in half headed into the intermission.
Doug Gilmour scored on a breakaway for his 7th of the season just 17 seconds into the period for the 3-1 lead, then Rick Nattress scored his second on a shot from the perimeter that snuck past Fuhr to extend the score to 4-1 at the halfway mark of the game.
At the 10:16 mark, just 35 seconds after Nattress’ goal, newly acquired Petr Klima took a pass from newly acquired Joe Murphy to again cut the Flames lead in half. Also newly acquired Adam Graves picked up the second assist. Four minutes later, Klima again scored for the Oilers to make the score 4-3. The momentum wave continued to the third period, as Mark Messier scored his 12th goal to tie the game at 4, just 1:34 into the period. However, only 42 seconds later Al MacInnis unloaded a bomb from the point that got through, into the net for a 5-4 Calgary advantage.
The Oilers were not done, as Steve Smith netted his second of the season with 12:51 remaining to tie the game at 5. Petr Klima was awarded the assist, his third point in his first game as an Oiler. Klima would be awarded the second star of the game.
The red-hot Flames would not be outdone and never trailed. Joe Nieuwendyk cashed in his own rebound to put the 6th puck past Grant Fuhr to put the Flames up for good 6-5 with 3:08 remaining. The Oilers pulled Fuhr in the final minute, but could not beat Vernon to even the score.
This was Calgary’s 6th straight win and is 10-1-1 in their last 12 games.
Fight of the week:
On Thursday, the Islanders were struggling in a 1-1 tie with the last-place Pittsburgh Penguins. At the 5:45 mark of the 2nd period, Troy Loney took some liberties on the boards with Islander Center Mikko Makela. Mick Vukota saw an opportunity and challenged Loney and the 2 went toe-toe. Vukota got the better of the scrap and Loney went to the ice hard and looked shaken up. To add insult to injury, Loney got an extra 2 minutes for roughing Makela to put the Islanders on the powerplay. Pat LaFontaine scored on the ensuing powerplay, as well as 2 more times in the period, all assisted from Doug Crossman, for the natural hat trick. The Islanders cruised to a 5-2 victory.
Molson 3-Stars Leaderboard. Brian Bellows continues to lead the way with 18 points. John MacLean has been putting in some big performances for the Devils and he has 16 points. League goals and points leader Steve Yzerman has 15 3-Star points for 3rd place. Patrick Roy had a very good week, gaining ground on Mike Liut and Darren Puppa to take over the goaltending lead at 15 points.
MOLSON 3 STAR POINTS LEADERS
3 Stars of the Week:
1. Patrick Roy - Montreal
2. John MacLean – New Jersey
3. Wayne Gretzky – Los Angeles
Patrick Roy backstopped the Canadiens in their surge toward the top of the Adams Division this week. Roy went 3-0-0 with a 2.33 GAA and a .926 save percentage this week. John MacLean also led the New Jersey Devils to 2 wins and a near miss at the Saddledome in Calgary. MacLean had 4 goals, an assist, and 8 3-star points this week. Wayne Gretzky, despite an off-week for the Kings, quietly amassed 7 points to put him back in the conversation for the NHL points lead.
TEAM PP% RANKINGS
TEAM SH RANKINGS
TEAM GOAL DIFFERENTIAL
October 29th – Ozzie Newsome of the Cleveland Browns ends his streak of 150 consecutive games with a reception. The Browns hosted the Oilers and won 28-17, to extend their record to 5-3.
November 3th – The Minnesota Timberwolves play their first regular season game since joining the NBA, losing to the Seattle Supersonics 106-94.
Lou Pinella is named manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Pete Rose, who was banned from Professional Baseball for gambling.
November 4th – The Orlando Magic host their first NBA game as they lose to the New Jersey Nets 111-106.