The NFHL Game of the Night

 

Lemieux Leads Whalers to Rout of North Stars

  Minnesota management gave their fans what they wanted to see this off season, bringing in talent and veterans in order erase the bad memories of the past few seasons.  Hope was high that the team would be competitive.  Hartford showed them they still have a ways to go tonight.  Mario Lemieux had a hat trick, giving him a league-leading 9 on the season, Mark Tinordi scored twice, and 5 others had single goals as the Whalers trounced Minnesota 10-2.  Bernie Federko, Adam Oates, Steve Patrick, Paul Marshall, and Tim Kerr, in his first game as a Whaler, scored the other Hartford goals.  Wendel Clark and Tomas Sandstrom scored for Minnesota.  Hartford improves to 4-1-1 on the season and sit just behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the early lead in the Wales Conference this season. 

The first Player and Skater of the Weeks for the 1991 season were awarded by NFHL HQ tonight.  The Skater of the Week is new Washington captain Mark Messier.  Finally out from Wayne Gretzky's shadow, Messier exploded out of the gate this season, scoring 7 goals and 5 assists in Washington's first 5 games this season.  Messier was +13, with 22 shots and 10 hits in those games to win $100,000 for the Capitals.  Also considered were Hartford's Ray Bourque and a trio of Maple Leafs; Glenn Anderson, Mike Bossy, and Pierre Larouche.  The Goalie of the Week was Anaheim's John Vanbiesbrouck.  Vanbiesbrouck has the Ducks off to their best start in franchise history and sit atop the Campbell Conference with a perfect 5-0 record.  Vanbiesbrouck stopped 117 out of 129 shots he faced in those 5 games, a .907 save percentage.  Also considered were Washington's Mike Richter, Winnipeg's Allan Bester, and Toronto's Dominik Hasek.

Three Stars of the Night

Mario Lemieux (HAR) - 3 Goals (9), +2, 4 Shots, 5 Hits
Sergei Makarov (EDM) - 3 Goals (4), 1 Assist, +1, 3 Shots, 1 Hit
Murray Craven (NYR) - 3 Goals (4), +4, 6 Shots, 4 Hits