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February 23, 1996

February 23, 1996

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NHL TEAMS

Keenan less than amused as Hull sneaks out again

Brett Hull may no longer be team captain, but that hasn’t stopped him from speaking his mind. After an embarrassing 5-2 loss at home to the Dallas Stars Feb. 6 left the St. Louis Blues below .500, their star right winger took issue with the way the team was playing. “I feel a lot of complacency.” Hull said. “There’s no fear of losing games. There’s a group of guys who know they’re going to play because there’s no one to replace them. They’ll be in the lineup the next game.” Hull also believes the Blues are thin on talent. They had scored just 142 goals in 52 games, more only than the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers among NHL teams. “We don’t have enough skill to compete at this level,” Hull said. “We’re not…

NHL TEAMS

Great play by leading men

If a team is only as good as its leaders, that explains the Chicago Blackhawks’ tear since mid-December. “It’s very important that our leaders are showing up every game,” said coach Craig Hartsburg, citing veterans Chris Chelios, Bernie Nicholls, Brent Sutter, Jeremy Roenick and Denis Savard. “The big key now is our leaders are leading the rallying cry and playing the games to win.” Defenseman Chris Chelios was a big part of the Blackhawks’ 18-3-4 run since before Christmas, but he prefers to direct the attention elsewhere. He points to Sutter, who was playing his best hockey of the season with six goals and nine assists in a 13-game stretch. And then there was Nicholls, who had 10 goals and 18 assists in 20 games after returning from his spleen injury. “Everyone can be…

NHL TEAMS

Little scarring for Gavey after frightening incident

Aaron Gavey sat up on the medical table in the Tampa Bay Lightning dressing room just moments after his face had been cut open by a teammate’s skate blade and calmly uttered a monumental understatement. “I guess I got it pretty good, huh?” Gavey asked. Guess so. The cut on Gavey’s face required more than 120 stitches and three hours of plastic surgery to repair. But the results of that work were as alarming as Gavey’s calm reaction. “They did an incredible job, I mean really remarkable,” said Lightning trainer Larry Ness. “I was really impressed.” Ness said the C-shaped gash that ran from the top of Gavey’s right cheek across his upper lip will likely not leave a noticeable scar after healing. Ness said Gavey, who was remarkably calm after the Feb. 4 incident…