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December 9, 1988

December 9, 1988

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.

COLUMNISTS

IT’S TIME IAFRATE JOINED THE ELITE

Ray Bourque boards a plane, finds himself seated beside Toronto Maple Leaf general manager Gord Stellick, and talks about Al Iafrate. Brian Curran joins the Maple Leafs and recalls the New York Islanders watching in awe Al Iafrate. John Brophy, too, has kind words about Al Iafrate. Al Iafrate might be the most-admired four-goal scorer in the NHL. That’s how many goals the Maple Leaf defenseman had after 22 games this season. Last year, he had 12 in 22 games. It was supposed to be his breakthrough year. Early in the season, he was a leading candidate for the Norris Trophy. No other defenseman in the league was playing as well or as spectacularly. He didn’t just finish plays, he started them—often in his own zone, on the strength of 220 pounds and fast…

THE NHL

NHL STATISTICAL REPORT

STANDINGS NHL STANDINGS AS OF MON., NOV. 28 (PCT) PERCENTAGE OF ACTUAL POINTS VERSUS POSSIBLE POINTS CLARENCE CAMPBELL CONFERENCE NORRIS DIVISION SMYTHE DIVISION PRINCE OF WALES CONFERENCE ADAMS DIVISION PATRICK DIVISION RESULTS RESULTS ENDING NOV. 27, 1988 POINTS FUTURE GAMES WED., NOV. 30 MONTREAL AT HARTFORD QUEBEC AT BUFFALO WASHINGTON AT PITTSBURGH VANCOUVER AT EDMONTON THUR., DEC. 1 MINNESOTA AT BOSTON MONTREAL AT PHILADELPHIA QUEBEC AT DETROIT NY ISLANDERS AT ST. LOUIS NY RANGERS AT CALGARY TORONTO AT LOS ANGELES FRI., DEC. 2 HARTFORD AT BUFFALO VANCOUVER AT WINNIPEG CALGARY AT EDMONTON SAT., DEC. 3 BOSTON AT WASHINGTON MINNESOTA AT HARTFORD BUFFALO AT MONTREAL DETROIT AT QUEBEC NY ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH PHILADELPHIA AT NEW JERSEY TORONTO AT ST. LOUIS CHICAGO AT LOS ANGELES SUN., DEC. 4 PITTSBURGH AT BOSTON NY RANGERS AT EDMONTON NEW JERSEY AT PHILADELPHIA CALGARY AT WINNIPEG MON., DEC. 5 DETROIT AT MONTREAL TUES., DEC. 6 BOSTON AT NY ISLANDERS BUFFALO AT HARTFORD QUEBEC AT CALGARY NY RANGERS AT VANCOUVER PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON CHICAGO AT PITTSBURGH MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS WINNIPEG AT LOS ANGELES WED., DEC. 7 MONTREAL AT MINNESOTA QUEBEC AT EDMONTON WASHINGTON AT…

THE NHL

ISLANDERS PICK UP A COUPLE OF HIT MEN

The New York Islanders couldn’t trade from strength for a goal-scorer, so they traded for strength on defense. General manager Bill Torrey addressed what he thought was one of his floundering team’s biggest weaknesses Nov. 25, by sending defenseman Steve Konroyd, 27, and center Bob Bassen, 23, to the Chicago Blackhawks for defensemen Gary Nylund, 25, and Marc Bergevin, 23. The trade came fewer than two days after the Isles were swept by the Washington Capitals in a home-and-home series, 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum and 7-6 at Cap Centre. After the trade, the Islanders dropped a home-and-home series with the New York Rangers, losing 6-4 at home and 5-3 at Madison Square Garden. “This was something I’ve been working on for three, four days,” Torrey said. “It was obvious after the Washington games…

NHL

NHL SUMMARIES

Mon., Nov. 21 First Period 1 — Mtl, Naslund 7 (Keane, Smith) 16:02. 2 — NYR, Lafleur 5 (Dionne, Granato) 16:22. Pen— Dionne (NY) 8:20; Naslund (M) 10:13. Second Period 3 — Mtl, Courtnail 4 (Corson, Chelios) 8:51 (pp). Pen—Granato (NY) 6:54; Gilchrist (M) 12:18: Corson (M) minor, major, game misconduct, Petit (NY) 16:36. Third Period 4 — Mtl, Chelios 2 (Smith, Keane) 10:09 (pp). 5 — NYR, Sandstrom 6 (Lalreniere, Maciver) 10:38. 6 — Mtl, Carbonneau 6 (Chelios) 19:54 (en). Pen—Gainey (M) 2:06: Petit (NY) 8:21; Chelios (M), Mullen (NY) 16:25. W—Hayward (4-6-2), L—Vanbiesbrouck (8-4-2). PP Conversions. M (2-3), NY (0-4). Attendance: 17,322. Referee, Bob Myers. First Period 1 — Tor, Fergus 5 (Laughlin) 11:34. Pen—P. Cavallini (SL) 7:53; Damphousse (T) 12:58; Kotsopoulos (T) double minor, G. Cavallini (SL) 18:12. Second Period 2 — Tor. Fergus 6 (Iafrate, Veitch) 7:53 (pp). Pen—Marsh (T) 0:57; P. Cavallini (SL). Olczyk (T) minors, G.…