Week In Review after games played on Saturday, January 13th, 1990
41st NHL All Star Game Details and Participants Announced
Montreal was originally scheduled to host the All-Star Game but withdrew it’s bid, in the wake of Quebec City’s hosting of the Rendez-vous 87 series of games, that saw the NHL All-Stars vs. the U.S.S.R National Team. Pittsburgh had pitched to host the 1993 All-Star game but seized the opportunity to host the game three years earlier.
The Pittsburgh organizers have also added two new events to transform the festivities into a true weekend event.
The first is a “Heroes of Hockey” game that features Alumni of the Wales and Campbell Conferences facing off in a two-period game. Both teams will feature several Penguins Alumni including Sly Apps, Bryan Watson, Andy Bathgate, Gilles Meloche, Eddie Shack, Michel Dion, and Peter Mahovolich.
The second event the organizers have added is the SuperSkills competition. The event will allow the All-Stars display their skills in six events: Puck Control Relay, Hardest Shot, Rapid Fire, Fastest Skater, Shot Accuracy, and Breakaway Relay. The winner of each competition receives $2,500 and bragging rights.
The NHL has announced the 1990 All Star Teams:
Every player listed is very deserving of playing in the all-star game. There are also notable absences.
Most notable, Patrik Sundstrom of the New Jersey Devils, who is currently tied in the league lead in scoring with 71 points. Sundstrom has also proven invaluable in his own end and could be both a Hart and Selke finalist. His linemate, John MacLean is also absent despite being in the top 5 in goals in the NHL with 32. The Devils only send 1 player, second line center Kirk Muller, who has 15 goals, 23 assists for 38 points.
Ed Olczyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs is also conspicuously absent. Olczyk has 22 goals and 42 assists for 64 points, firmly in the top 10 in scoring. The Leafs send one all-star, Al Iafrate, who has been arguably the team’s 3rd best defenseman this season. Iafrate is expected to dazzle in the skills competition, expecting to be a contender for both hardest shot and fastest skater. Gary Leeman and his 31 goals are also not going to Pittsburgh.
Denis Savard is also among the league leaders in points with 27 goals and 34 assists, as the main feature of the Chicago Blackhawk attack. Steve Larmer is representing the Blackhawks. Larmer’s numbers are close to Savard’s. Doug Wilson is also going, as a real front runner for the Norris Trophy. Savard, like Olczyk, is a victim of a very crowded Campbell Conference center position. Gretzky, Yzerman, Messier, and Nieuwendyk are all hall of fame caliber.
Adam Oates, who is 3rd in the NHL in scoring is also not going to Pittsburgh for the All Star Game, but it is rumored that he has requested to remain at home to recuperate some mounting injuries. The Blues are sending Brett Hull and defenseman Paul Cavallini.
Of course, the NHL’s best goaltender Mike Liut will not play… however, he has been out nearly a month with a knee injury. Patrick Roy and Darren Puppa represent the Wales Conference. Liut is expected to be in the crease for the Whalers again at the beginning of February.
Others who were deserving for consideration for the All Star Rosters:
Mike Bullard – Philadelphia Flyers – 29 goals
Dino Ciccarelli and Geoff Courtnall – Washington Capitals – 24 goals each
Neal Broten and Brian Bellows – Minnesota North Stars 12th and 20th in points respectively
Hartford Whalers and New York Islanders – 1 representative each
Doug Crossman – New York Islanders - +27, 41 Assists
Bill Ranford – Edmonton Oilers – much better stat line than Kirk McLean (who is the lone representative from Vancouver).
Dale Hawerchuk and Thomas Steen – Winnipeg Jets – Doug Smail, seems like an odd choice with 13 goals and 27 points. He has been terrific defensively, but that will only go so far in an all-star game.
5 Bold (or Not So Bold) Predictions
1.) Wayne Gretzky will emerge with the NHL’s scoring lead
The Great One is in his stride, currently tied for the top of the scoring race with 71 points. Even now, it does not feel like he has hit his stride yet this season. With 35 games left, I feel like he could surpass 130 points which would likely leave Sundstrom in the dust. Yzerman does not have the supporting cast to finish the job. Adam Oates is an interesting choice, he may finish 2nd in the scoring race.
2.) The Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, and Vancouver Canucks will miss the playoffs.
4 of those teams are currently far out of contention. New York or Pittsburgh may be capable of making a run at the Flyers for the 4th spot in the Patrick Division, but they are running out of schedule. Edmonton looks like the Oilers again, and it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when they will take over 2nd place in the Smythe Division. Neither Winnipeg nor Los Angeles look like they are going to slide. Vancouver, who has major depth issues even after acquiring Dan Quinn and Andrew McBain will end up on the outside looking in.
3.) We will be shocked at the trade deadline (at least once)
There are a few stars in Quebec who will undoubtedly be moved, and there are also rumblings of some major players being traded. Bernie Nicholls, Ulf Dahlen, and Tomas Sandstrom have been the subject of some rumors. One rumor out of Hartford is making the rounds. They are impressed with Peter Sidorkiewicz and want to make him their franchise goalie, which may include this season’s playoff run. They may entertain offers on veteran Mike Liut, who leads the NHL in most goaltending categories and is a Vezina favorite.
4.) The Washington Capitals will win the Patrick Division and also emerge as the Patrick Division Champions in the Spring
The Capitals look like the deepest team in the Division, with scoring, defense, and muscle from top to bottom. Scott Stevens will be back in the lineup soon which will bolster the already surging team. The Islanders, on the other hand, have been over-performing. A banged-up blueline is starting to catch up with them. They will fall behind the Capitals, but still carry second place in the Division into March and the end of the regular season.
5.) The Boston Bruins will win the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup
Boston right now looks to be the best team in the NHL with 4 lines who can fill the net, play in their own zone, and also 4-5 capable defensemen including Ray Bourque. Their tandem of Moog and Lemelin will come in handy come the stretch run and playoff time.
There was a semi major trade this week that was completed Monday
8- to Penguins:
The Penguins are looking for a shakeup after a major change in organization direction has not proved positive results. They are working on a new contract for Mario Lemieux and look to build the roster around him. They traded talented and valuable Center Dan Quinn to Vancouver for a winger to play with Lemieux along with power forward Kevin Stevens. Quinn was underutilized on the Penguins, who are deep at center, often centering the 4th line behind Lemieux, John Cullen, and Mark Recchi. It has been clear Andrew McBain is struggling to match his 32 and 37 goal seasons he has experienced with Winnipeg in 1987-1989.
Vancouver, whose hold on the final playoff spot in the Smythe Division gets more tenuous by the day, feels that a return out West could be a catalyst to get McBain going again. They also were in desperate need for help at the center position, as well as the faceoff circle. Quinn is expected to center a top line with Petri Skriko and Trevor Linden on the wings. Dave Capuano is expected to center the 4th line for the rest of the season.
Prior to the trade, Dan Quinn had 10 goals and 9 assists, and McBain had 7 goals and 12 assists. Tony Tanti had 19 goals and 24 assists for the Canucks. All 3 players have scored goals for their new teams in the first week.
Team Spotlight: The Washington Capitals, Chasing the Top of the Patrick
The 3 team race is growing in intensity in the Adams Division. Boston, Montreal, and Hartford are all playing well and remain within 1 point of one another. All 3 teams will comfortably make the playoffs as the last place Nordiques are the worst team in the NHL and seem to get worse by the week. They are expected to be major sellers at the trade deadline. The Sabres have been playing very poorly, but still hold a 17 point lead for the last playoff spot, and as of now, look to play whoever comes out on top of the Division in the first round of the playoffs.
The Capitals, thanks to a comeback win Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have reduced the Islanders’ lead in the Patrick Division to 2 points. The Devils have won 3 straight, looking impressive in doing so and have climbed within 5 points of 1st. Philadelphia is starting to slide, having lost 5 of their last 7 games, falling to 4th place in the Division. However, neither the Rangers or Penguins are making serious strides to claim a playoff spot (in the Rangers case, not making any strides).
The Norris Division is an interesting one. St. Louis remains in first as the only team above the .500 mark. They hold a 3-point lead over Chicago and Toronto. The North Stars are coming back into the picture though. A 3-0-0 week has brought them within 2 points of 2nd place, and 5 behind the Blues for first. The Red Wings are starting to fade. They were 0-3-0 this week including a huge loss to Minnesota, and 0-5-1 in their last 6. Their deficit to the last playoff spot has ballooned to 9 points thanks to the North Stars’ recent success.
The Calgary Flames own the NHL’s best record at 27-14-5 for 59 points, and as a result, hold the most comfortable 1st place lead in the league, 10 points over the Kings. Winnipeg, who has played a league-low 43 games is 1 point behind Los Angeles, but has a really good goal differential at +24. Vancouver is hanging on to 4th place (with a -18 goal differential), just 3 points in front of the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton had experienced their best stretch of the season winning 6 of 7 before losing a heartbreaker at the Great Western Forum Thursday.
We have a short week this week for the all-star break, but many big match-ups on the schedule, including Chicago @ Toronto and Hartford @ Boston on Monday (as well as a 2nd half of the home and home on Wednesday), New Jersey @ Washington on Tuesday, Toronto @ St. Louis Thursday, and Calgary @ Hartford on Friday.
Now on to the NHL’s league leaders through the 14th week of action.
We have quite the race forming in many statistical categories
POINTS PER GAME LEADERS
PENALTY MINUTES LEADERS
Will Gary Roberts pass Dave Manson before Manson’s suspension ends?
Rick Zombo has been picking the pockets of attacking opposition
FACEOFF PERCENTAGE LEADERS
WORST FACEOFF PERCENTAGE
The Canucks hope that the addition of Dan Quinn can assist with some poor faceoff numbers, Steve Bozek is winning only 20.83% of his faceoffs
POWERPLAY GOALS LEADERS
Cam Neely is earning himself a position in Hart Trophy conversations, as well as some endorsement opportunities
GAME-WINNING GOALS LEADERS
SHORT-HANDED GOALS LEADERS
Steve Yzerman does it all, will his teammates follow suit before its too late?
SHOTS ON GOAL
Wendel Clark has made the most out of his opportunities, but now may miss significant time with injury
The Whalers anxiously await Mike Liut’s return from his knee injury, expected to be the beginning of February
SAVE PERCENTAGE LEADERS
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS
GOALIE RATING PERCENTAGE LEADERS
He may not get much media attention, but Daniel Berthiaume for Winnipeg is among the league leaders in wins, with fewer opportunities as he has been sharing the load with Bob Essensa
Alain Chevrier has established himself as the workhorse in Chicago and is quietly piling up the minutes
Game of the Week:
Patrick Division Tilt!
The two teams who are emerging at the top of the Patrick Division met Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Colisuem. It was a huge 4 point game between the Islanders and Capitals. Bryan Murray and the Capitals were hoping to pull 2 points behind New York, which would be no small accomplishment. Just a few weeks ago, it appeared that the surprising Islanders may run away with the Division.
The Islanders opened the game with a quick powerplay goal by Derek King, his 12th of the season. Brent Sutter made it 2-0 towards the end of the period. The 1st period was wide open, featuring 25 total shots, 15 directed at Capital goaltender Bob Mason including 3 goalie rating draws.
After a slow and more calculated start to the second period, Washington chipped away at the Islanders/ Dino Ciccarelli potted a shot, set up at the corner of the net by a perfect pass from Kevin Hatcher to cut the lead in half. However, Don Maloney stole the puck from Dino Ciccarelli and slapped it past Mason to restore the lead to 2. Geoff Courtnall scored the game’s biggest goal. With 4:01 remaining in the period, he took a shot from the top of the circle that got through traffic and goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick to again reduce the lead to 1 going into the second break.
In a 3rd period that saw the Islanders get a number of chances and 14 shots, the Capitals held strong. At the 7;08 mark, Courtnall and Ciccarelli would provide a lightning strike, scoring 37 seconds apart to tie the game and take the lead. Mason and the Capitals defense held strong the last 12 minutes and Washington heads out of Long Island stealing 2 points from their Patrick Division rival.
MOLSON 3 STAR POINTS LEADERS
Darren Puppa has been holding strong, keeping Buffalo afloat as the struggle to find their offense
3 Stars of the Week:
Bruins’ defenseman Ray Bourque may have put together a perfect week
Ray Bourque was lifted by a 6 point night against the Nordiques, but the stats speak for themselves: 3 games, 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points, and a +9. He also added 2 hits and 4 takeaways defensively. Bourque easily claims the 1st star of the week.
There were a number of good performances this week that could be 2nd star (and 3rd star). We decided to give the nod to Super Mario, Mario Lemieux. In 3 games, Lemieux had 3 goals and 7 points, and was a +4 as he tries to turn around Pittsburgh’s fortunes.
The third star goes to Brian Bellows. After an extended drought, Bellows has caught on fire and is lifting the North Stars with him. This week, Bellows netted 5 goals in 3 games, including a game-winner.
TEAM PP% RANKINGS
TEAM SH RANKINGS
TEAM GOAL DIFFERENTIAL
Despite hitting a rough patch recently, the Whalers still boast the NHL’s best goal differential
TEAM FACEOFF PERCENTAGE
Led by The Habs, the Adams Division boasts the best 4 teams at keeping the puck out of their own net, all 4 under 3.00 GAA.
TEAM GOALS FOR
Quebec fans continue to fill Le Colisee and make the most of a very bad season
REPLAY VS. ACTUAL POINTS
This Week In the News
January 7th, 1990
With the game tied at 13 all, the Giants and Rams captains faced each other at mid-field. The coin flip in question would decide which team had possession in the sudden-death overtime. Rams lineman Jackie Slater called heads; the coin landed face-up, and the Rams opted to receive the ball. Only sixty-six seconds later, the divisional-round playoff game was over.
Three plays into the overtime session, Los Angeles was on first down at their own 48. Quarterback Jim Everett lobbed it down field to Willie "Flipper" Anderson, who was met stride-for-stride by Sheldon White. The Giants defensive back made contact with Anderson as he dove for the ball and was called for pass interference, advancing the Rams 27 yards. The ruling was not a popular one in Giants Stadium; it appeared the ball was about a yard in front of Anderson when the call was made.
After a Rams off-side penalty, Everett lined in the backfield 30 yards shy of the end zone. The New York defense blitzed, thinking that LA would be running it since they were already in field goal range. Instead, Anderson eluded a Mark Collins bump near the line of scrimmage, and streaked down the right side of the field. Everett found him just feet from the goal line; Flipper caught the ball in stride and sprinted into the end zone, then through the tunnel that led to the locker room.
''Before the game, Aaron Cox and I said if either of us gets the winning touchdown in overtime, we would run straight to the locker room with it," Anderson said.
Even though he caught just two passes, Flipper left his mark on the game. Anderson's only other reception came at the tail-end of the first half. The Giants were leading 6-0 and had the ball at their own 35 with 34 seconds left. Electing to not run out the clock, Giants coach Bill Parcells gambled that they could increase their lead. Choosing to throw the ball instead, Phil Simms had his pass picked off by Michael Stewart, who took it to the New York 20. One play later, Everett connected with Anderson for a touchdown, and the Giants finished the half trailing 7-6.
New York fans had many reasons to bemoan the loss. Parcell's decision to not play it safe at the end of the half was one criticism. Another was that Mark Collins, who fractured his foot at the start of the overtime period, should not have been in the game to defend Willie Anderson. The most persistent gripe was over the dubious pass interference call that gave the Rams great field position.
''The ball wasn't catchable," Sheldon White complained to reporters. "It wasn't even close. Superman couldn't have caught that ball. That was a bad call, a bad call." Parcells refused to comment on the call, though he did tellingly state, ''You guys saw the play.''
January 9, 1990
Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Former Cy Young Award winner Jim Palmer, and former MVP Joe Morgan were both voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, to be enshrined in August. Both on their first year of eligibility, Jim Palmer got 92.6% of the vote, while Morgan received 81.8%. The most-narrow miss was Gaylord Perry, in his second year of eligibility at 72.1%, falling just 3.9 short. Experts think Perry has a strong chance to be elected in 1991.
January 13th, 1990
The Rev. Al Sharpton was stabbed in the chest yesterday as he prepared to lead a protest demonstration through the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn with the parents of Yusuf K. Hawkins, the black youth slain there by a white mob 17 months ago.
Police officers assigned to monitor the demonstration immediately seized and subdued a suspect, a white Bensonhurst man with a record of assaults who investigators said was drunk.
Mr. Sharpton was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. A hospital official said his wound was not life threatening.
After the stabbing at 1:30 P.M., a second man who had been holding the assailant's overcoat was taken into custody for questioning, but the police later said he was not a suspect and that the knife-wielder, whose motives were unknown, had apparently acted alone.
The flamboyant 36-year-old civil rights advocate had been subjected to taunts, threats and racial epithets in leading many earlier protest marches in the predominantly white neighborhood, but had not encountered violence there.
Governor Mario M. Cuomo, Mayor David N. Dinkins and the Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles J. Hynes, who prosecuted the Bensonhurst cases, expressed abhorrence at the attack, urged New Yorkers not to blame the community and appealed for calm.
Mr. Dinkins, after talking with the victim at the hospital, said these were Mr. Sharpton's sentiments as well. But Alton H. Maddox Jr. and C. Vernon Mason, two associates of Mr. Sharpton, disputed this. "The only person who is speaking for Reverend Sharpton is Alton Maddox, and I'm not calling for calm," Mr. Maddox declared.
He and Mr. Mason charged that the police had given Mr. Sharpton inadequate protection and vowed to stage another demonstration in Bensonhurst this afternoon, saying that violence would be met with violence. Attacked Without a Word
Witnesses said the assailant, who had apparently mingled with a crowd of nearly 200 black and white protesters, stepped out of a row of marchers lining up in the schoolyard of Public School 205 and strode toward Mr. Sharpton as he stepped from a car. It was the same yard where the white mob gathered before the murder of Mr. Hawkins.
Without saying a word, the assailant drew a steak knife with a black plastic handle and a five-inch blade from his navy blue Yankees jacket and plunged it downward into Mr. Sharpton's upper left chest.
One witness said Mr. Sharpton raised his arm, slightly deflecting the thrust, which slashed in just under the left clavicle, narrowly missing the lung and major blood vessels.
"It was horrible -- it was terrifying," said Theresa Hearn-Haynes, 36, of Spring, Tex., who was in New York to attend a New Alliance Party convention and had joined the protest. "It happened so fast," she added. "You could tell he was seriously injured." Kicked by Protesters
As Mr. Sharpton fell to the ground bleeding, the assailant dropped the knife, turned and tried to flee. But his path was blocked by a protesters and police officers.
Trying to run, the suspect was tripped by one of the protesters, and others, including Yusuf Hawkins's father, Moses Stewart, began kicking and pummeling him, witnesses said. But the officers quickly pulled protesters away and handcuffed the suspect.
"He ran and fought like crazy," said Deputy Inspector Michael Scagnelli, one of the commanders of the 270 officers on the scene. "He was kicking and punching. He didn't just surrender."
The suspect was identified as Michael Riccardi, 27 years old, of 2045 73d Street in Bensonhurst. A police investigator said he was obviously drunk when he was seized.
Mr. Riccardi was charged last night with attempted murder, criminal possession of a deadly weapon and violating Mr. Sharpton's civil rights. Neighbors near the 73d Street address said last night that a young man had moved into a basement apartment there recently, but they knew nothing about him.
The police said Mr. Riccardi's record included a March 1982 arrest for assault with a weapon, and a March 1985 arrest for assault on a police officer and possession of a weapon. He pleaded guilty to both charges and served prison terms, the captain said. He also was arrested in July 1988 on a criminal mischief charge.
On January 12th, Ski Patrol was released to theaters.
“Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins continues at #1 on the Billboard 100 music charts for the fourth straight week