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February 17, 1978

February 17, 1978

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

THE NHL

Neglected Defense By Flyers’ Dailey Has Club Struggling

PHILADELPHIA— Before mid-season Bob Dailey had already set a Flyers’ season record for goals by a defenseman. Dailey has been one of the league’s highest scoring defensemen all season and was runnerup to Denis Potvin in balloting for Campbell Conference All Star rearguards. In last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, Dailey tied with Rick MacLeish for the Flyers’ scoring lead. Pat Quinn. Philadelphia’s assistant coach in charge of defense, maintains that Dailey and Jimmy Watson form the best blueline partnership in the NHL. What more could the Flyers and their fans ask of Dailey? How about more consistent defensive play? During Philadelphia’s mid-season struggle, when the Orange machine stalled allowing the New York Islanders to tie for the Patrick Division lead, Dailey was one of the culprits. Dailey’s fault was neglecting his defense post as he operated…

OTHER LEAGUES

Maple Leaf Gardens Jinx For Kilrea, 67s

TORONTO— Maple Leaf Gardens is one of the great hockey rinks in the world—but you’ll never convince Ottawa 67s coach and general manager Brian Kilrea of that fact. Kilrea, now in his fourth season with Ottawa, has never won a game against Toronto Marlboros at the Gardens. “We’ve had three of four ties during that span but never a win,” Kilrea was saying before last week’s game against the Marlies. Ottawa grabbed a’ 4-1 lead at the end of two periods and it looked as though the jinx was over. But then the Gardens’ roof once again fell in on Kilrea as Marlies fired six goals in the final 20 minutes and eked out a 7-6 victory. “After two periods I was already counting the two points and looking forward to a pleasant bus…

OTHER FEATURES

NATIONAL LEAUGE SUMMARIES

Where NHL Teams Play FEBRUARY The NHL Scoreboard (Standings On Mon. Feb. 6) NORRIS DIVISION ADAMS DIVISION PATRICK DIVISION SMYTHE DIVISION GAMES COMPLETED Mon. Jan. 30 N.Y. Islanders 2 at Buffalo 3 Tue. Jan. 31 Minnesota 4 at Atlanta 7 Montreal 5 at Colorado 3 Washington 2 at Vancouver 4 Pittsburgh 5 at Detroit 3 Wed. Feb. 1 N.Y. Islanders 7 at N.Y. Rangers 6 Philadelphia 1 at Chicago 3 Washington 3 at Los Angeles 8 Minnesota 1 at Pittsburgh 6 Detroit 0 at Cleveland 2 Boston 5 at St Louis 3 Buffalo 2 at Toronto 2 Thu. Feb. 2 N.Y. Islanders 5 at Atlanta 2 Colorado 0 at Philadelphia 3 Montreal 4 at Vancouver 4 Boston 1 at Buffalo 3 Sat. Feb. 4 N.Y. Rangers 2 at St Louis 2 Washington 1 at N.Y. Islanders 8 Philadelphia 2 at Cleveland 2 Colorado 2 at Atlanta 2 Montreal 5 at Los Angeles 5 Boston 8 at Pittsburgh 1 Detroit 2 at Toronto 2 Chicago 5 at Vancouver…

THE NHL

Milford’s Trading Pecking Away At Canucks’ Problems

VANCOUVER— Jake Milford, the genial general manager of the Vancouver Canucks is taking the Mount Rushmore approach to the problems of his hockey club. That is, keep a stoic pose through the troubled times and slowly chip away at the stony high spots on the Canucks bumpy hide. First he acquired Pit Martin from the Chicago Black Hawks. It wasn’t a big deal, the only gamble on Milford’s part being that the Canucks would have to pick up his contract if he flopped. He didn’t. He’s helped. Then he stole Sheldon Kannegiesser away from the Los Angeles Kings organization. Kannegiesser has been out much of the time he’s been with Vancouver with bursitis in his left shoulder. But when he’s played, he’s tightened up the defense considerably. Now, Milford has acquired the contract of the…