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February 26, 1988

February 26, 1988

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Sabres Look To Reekie To Solidify Defense

BUFFALO—A little more than a year ago, Joe Reekie was fighting for a job on the Buffalo Sabres’ blue line. Now, he’s looked on as the man to lead the Sabres out of a slump. Reekie, deemed the Sabres’ most improved player last season, was a valuable part of the team’s ‘87-88 plans. A steady stay-at-home type, he had no goals and two assists in 14 games early this season. But a fractured kneecap took him out of the lineup in mid-November. Though Reekie played well in his return to action, he couldn’t prevent the Sabres from losing their third game in a row, 4-3 in overtime to Chicago Feb. 15. “This was a tough one to lose,” Sabre coach Ted Sator said, after Steve Thomas scored at 3:48 of overtime to deny…

The Minors

From Ironman To AHL Boss In Hectic Five-Month Period

For someone accustomed to going the distance, it was akin to advancing on a first-round knockut. “I think things transpired a lot quicker than I anticipated in that regard,” said Doug Jarvis, on being named the Binghamton Whalers’ head coach on Feb. 7. Jarvis, 32, replaced Larry Pleau, who was bumped up to Hartford after the firing of Jack Evans. Jarvis, Whose NHL record of 964 consecutive games played came to an end in October, accepted the post of player assistant coach at Binghamton in December. During his 24 games with Binghamton, he was more player than coach. “Since I came down, I’ve had to play,” he said. “I think there has only been one game where we’ve had enough players that I didn’t have to play. “As far as learning on the job,…


U.S. A.

GOALTENDERS Marc Behrend, 27, (0-2-1, 3.30) University of Wisconsin goaltender came within 21 seconds of Olympic win over Finland but yielded goal to Anssi Melametsa at 19:21 of third period, which produced a 3-3 tie. Fifth-round selection by Winnipeg in 1981, Behrend played 38 games for Jets between 1984 and ‘86, compiling 4.93 average and one shutout. Played last season with Sherbrooke of AHL but was released by Jets’ organization prior to current campaign. Resides in Madison, Wise. Bob Mason, 27, (2-0-1, 3.75) University of Minnesota-Duluth goalie tied Norway, then triumphed over Austria and Poland. Signed by Washington as free agent two days after Sarajevo, he went on to play 60 games for Capitals, including 45 last season. Will always be remembered for excellent effort in quadrupleovertime loss to Islanders in 1987…


Finally, Lehmann Making His Presence Felt

BOSTON—It was a long time coming but Tommy Lehmann, the Swedish center who has seen more of the medical room than the rink in his first year in the NHL, has finally started to make a contribution to the Boston Bruins. The 24-year-old rookie scored his first goal as a North American pro Feb. 13 against the Vancouver Canucks, giving him four points in a season that had reached nine games. “I’m more ready now and I’m in better shape,” said Lehmann. “Being in shape is not only getting your condition back—you need your timing and your skating, too. “It’s so much of a confidence thing, too. You score a couple of goals and you just feel like you can score. Look at Cam Neely. He knows he’s a goalscorer. I know the…