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April 14, 1989

April 14, 1989

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

NORDIQUES SLIDE INTO LAST OVERALL

A season of frustration has ended for the Quebec Nordiques on a bittersweet note. The Nordiques lost their last four games, “winning” the race for last place in the overall NHL standings. Though Quebec and the New York Islanders both finished with 61 points, the Isles moved up to 20th by virtue of more wins (28 to 27). The Nordiques, for the first time in their 10-year history, get the No. 1 overall selection at the NHL entry draft. But the “victory” didn’t sit well with the Nordiques. Not only did they tie their worst output ever with only 61 points in 80 games (1979-80), but they set a team record with 46 losses. They had 44 defeats in 1979-80—their first in the NHL. Coach Jean Perron promised wholesale changes after the Nords’ last…

THE NHL

HULL JOINS BLUES 40-GOAL CLUB

BLUES Brett Hull became the 10th Blues’ player to score 40 goals in a season, scoring Nos. 40 and 41 in a 4-3 overtime victory over Toronto April 1. Tony McKegney, Bernie Federko, Brian Sutter, Doug Gilmour, Mark Hunter, Joe Mullen. Garry Unger, Wayne Babych and Chuck Lefley are the others. Half of those—Gilmour, Hunter and Mullen—are now with the Calgary Flames…The Blues’ back-to-back victories in overtime over Quebec and Toronto marked the first time since regular-season overtime was instituted that the team had won back-to-back games in OT.. The Blues finished the season with four consecutive victories, their longest winning streak of the season. They were 12-4-2 in their last 18 games-…The Blues’ home record of 22-11-8 and division record of 18-8-7 were the best in the Norris Division…With a…

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NHL PLAYOFFS TEAM CANADA INTERNATIONAL ALL LEAGUE STANDINGS AS OF MON., APR. 3 AHL IHL OHL WHL QMJHL NCAA USHL ECHL…

THE NHL

BIZARRE WEEKEND REFLECTS FLYER YEAR

The Philadelphia Flyers wriggled their way through a bizarre and frustrating weekend, which was the perfect way to conclude a frustrating 80-game march to mediocrity. The Flyers lived through both sides of odd overtime situations. They faced an open net during an OT game in Montreal April 1 and had to leave their own net open in an OT game against Pittsburgh the next night. In Montreal, they couldn’t score and had to settle for a 2-2 tie. The next night they watched as the Penguins’ Mario Lemieux launched a 50-foot shot across the ice at the Spectrum, handing them a 6-5 loss. It was only the second time a game was decided by an empty-net goal in overtime. Toronto and St. Louis are believed to have made history the night before when…