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February 5, 1982

February 5, 1982

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.

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Tailspin Has Black Hawks In Great Depression

CHICAGO — it was more than a recession that the Black Hawks found themselves caught up in when they entered the final week of January. This slump had all the earmarks of The Great Depression. The crash acceleratd when the Hawks headed north for back-to-back games in Winnipeg and Minnesota. They were beaten both nights, extending their losing streak to six straight and stretching their string of successive defeats on the road to nine games. In the process, they have fallen to fourth place by the Norris Division and now are closer to sixth place Detroit than to first place Minnesota and runnerup St. Louis. The danger is clear and present that the Hawks may fail to make the playoffs for the first time since 1968-69, the year before goaltender Tony Esposito, now the…

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Winnipeg’s Watt, Feisty Mann On The Spot

WINNIPEG — Tom Watt must feel like Public Enemy No. 1 these days. First, Pittsburgh coach Eddie Johnston said Watt had lived in an ivory tower in Toronto too long and doesn’t know how to conduct himself or his team in the National Hockey League because he’s never played there. Then, to make matters worse, Herb Brooks of the New York Rangers challenges him to a fight. “Anywhere, anytime,” said Brooks, saying he would gladly wait until the draft meeting in Montreal next June. Watt, the scholarly coach of the Winnipeg Jets, was facing flak from all sides as a result of his handling of resident tough guy, Jimmy Mann. Johnston’s charges stemmed from a less-than-subtle incident in which Mann, seeking retribution following a vicious cross-check by Pittsburgh center Paul Gardner, skated onto the…

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Hockey Crossword Solution

The solution to last week’s crossword puzzle. Larry Humher. All Rights Reserved…

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Lallo Sets Skipjack Sights For Third Place

BALTIMORE — There were days when coach Morris “Moose” Lallo sensed his skaters hated to play, but a little lineup revision, a little more experience and a successful long road trip reversed that attitude. Now the Baltimore Skipjacks “can’t wait” for their next game, and “all of them are working their butts off at practice,” said the 52-year-old skipper after a particularly savory 8-2 homecoming victory over the leagueleading Mohawk Valley Stars January 19. “I feel great about this club now,” commented Lallo, who was so upset after one loss to the Stars that he refused post-game interviews with the media, nor would he allow his players to talk to the writers present. “Right now we’re not looking any further ahead than securing third place,” continued Lallo, whose club has trailed the Cape…