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Hunter's 1,000th point triples Caps' pleasure

Published Jan. 10, 1998|Updated Sep. 12, 2005

Dale Hunter had three assists to give Washington the NHL's first 1,000-point hat trick, leading the Capitals past Philadelphia 4-1 Friday night for their fifth victory in six games.

Hunter assisted on three second-period goals that gave the Capitals a 4-1 lead, giving the 18-year veteran 682 assists to go with 318 goals. Earlier this season, Phil Housley and Adam Oates also hit the 1,000-point milestone, the first time three teammates reached the plateau in the same season.

Hunter's 1,000th came when he set up Craig Berube's 40-foot slap shot at 18:21 in the period. He also assisted on goals by Peter Bondra and Mark Tinordi as the Capitals took control after a 1-1 first period.

After getting only 19 goals and one victory over a 10-game stretch, the Capitals have become healthier and rediscovered their offense, scoring 23 goals in their past six games.

The loss ended a four-game unbeaten streak for the Flyers, who had won nine of their previous 12. Although they are one of the league's best road teams, the Flyers were playing their sixth in a row away from home.

The Flyers outshot the Capitals 25-17, but their only goal came when Rod Brind'Amour put in a long rebound 1:15 into the game. The Flyers were 0-4 on the power play, failing to score when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for 24 seconds in the third period.

The Capitals scored two goals in less than a minute early in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Hunter picked off Chris Therien's attempt to clear and fed Bondra in front of the net at 3:11, and Hunter and Berube assisted Tinordi in the slot at the 4:03 mark.

Andrew Brunette scored his sixth goal in as many games in the first period for the Capitals, taking Sergei Gonchar's pass from the point and slotting it home at 7:07.

Doug Gilmour, Larry Murphy and Dave Andreychuk nearly accomplished the 1,000-point trifecta with Toronto in 1995-96, but Andreychuck got his 1,000th after being traded to New Jersey.

Oilers deal Bannister

to Anaheim for Dollas

Defenseman Bobby Dollas, one of the original members of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, was traded to Edmonton for defenseman Drew Bannister.

Bannister, 23, who had two assists in 34 games with the Oilers, was acquired from Tampa Bay on March 18 along with the Lightning's sixth-round pick in the 1997 entry draft in exchange for defenseman Jeff Norton.

Bannister was Tampa Bay's second-round selection (26th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Lightning in 1995-96, with one assist in 13 games. Last season, he had four goals and 14 assists in 62 games with the Lightning and Oilers.

Dollas, 32, appeared in 22 games with Anaheim this season, with one assist and 12 penalty minutes.

He was acquired by Anaheim from Detroit in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. With Dollas' departure, Guy Hebert and Joe Sacco are the only remaining players from Anaheim's inaugural season of 1993-94.

REF SCRATCHED: Rob Shick, scheduled to referee the Detroit-Dallas game Fridaqy night, did not work because of post-concussion syndrome.

Shick suffered a concussion on Dec. 20 while officiating a game at Vancouver. His only game since was Jan. 2.

Stars medical personnel checked Shick before the game and said he was still suffering from aftereffects of the concussion.

Linesman Wayne Bonney took over as the referee, with Jay Sharrers working as the only linesman. League officials were attempting to locate a local minor league official to serve as the second linesman.

ANOTHER HULL TAKES ICE: Bart Hull, the son of NHL great Bobby Hull and brother of St. Louis Blues All-Star Brett Hull, was activated to play for the Idaho Steelheads of the West Coast Hockey League.

Hull, 28, last played organized hockey when he was 12 with the North Shore Winter Club in Vancouver. But Steelheads coach Dave Langevin said the color commentator for radio broadcasts during Idaho's inaugural season also had been skating with the team every day at practice.

"This situation arose where we had short notice on players getting the opportunity to play with Utah, and Bart is getting a much-deserved chance to play," Langevin said.

Hull's activation for Friday night's game against the Phoenix Mustangs was due to injuries and player loans.

"I'm excited about playing but don't know what to expect because I haven't skated in a game for so long," Hull said.

The last time he played organized hockey _ 16 years ago _ Colorado's Joe Sakic was his North Shore Winter Club teammate.

STARS 3, RED WINGS 3: Jere Lehtinen scored his second goal of the game with 6:29 left in regulation as host Dallas tied Detroit to maintain a three-point advantage over the Red Wings for NHL's best record.

Steve Yzerman's goal with 14:05 to play had given Detroit a 3-2 lead. Yzerman slid Vyacheslav Kozlov's goalmouth feed past Dallas goalie Ed Belfour for Yzerman's 12th.

Detroit, the defending Stanley Cup champion, got strong efforts from Chris Osgood, who had 20 saves, and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, with two assists.

Rob Shick, scheduled to be the referee, was scratched by Stars medical personnel due to post-concussion syndrome. Shick had a concussion in a game at Vancouver on Dec. 20 and had worked only one game since.

Linesman Wayne Bonney became the referee, with Jay Scharrers working as the only linesman.

PANTHERS 3, FLAMES 3: Kirk Muller scored his second goal of the gamne with just under seven minutes remaining as visiting Florida forced a tie.

Cory Stillman had a pair of shorthanded goals and Andrew Cassels added two assists for Calgary, which is 2-6-3 in its last 11 games. Bill Lindsay had a shorthanded goal for the Panthers, 3-1-4 in their last eight.

HOCKEY NEWS TOP 50: Tampa Bay general manager Phil Esposito, the NHL's No. 4 career goal scorer, checks in at No. 18 on the Hockey News' list of the league's top 50 players of all time, announced Friday in conjunction with the tabloid's celebration of its 50th year.

Among those not making the cut: Lightning hockey development/scouting director Tony Esposito, who was one of 86 finalists the publication's 50 panelists considered.

Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, was No. 1, followed by Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux and Maurice Richard.

The complete list is on page 7C.

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