Hull scores 80th Blues beat Caps, 2-1 Gretzky, Lemieux only others in club

March 20, 1991|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent

LANDOVER -- The father's name is Bobby Hull, but around the National Hockey League he was simply the Golden Jet, a streaking, fearless left wing who took a stick curved like a banana and made a puck dance and dip by maskless goaltenders.

The son is Brett Hull. He is a right wing, a floater who spendmost of his ice time in a figure-eight ballet -- waiting, watching and thinking. They say that scoring is in his genes, but the truth is he had to make himself into a hockey player -- and a star.

Last night, Brett Hull did something his Hall of Fame father never did, becoming only the third player to score 80 goals in a season.

It came on a first-period power play and helped the St. Louis Blues break a six-game winless streak and defeat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, in front of 17,846 spectators at the Capital Centre.

"It's a neat feeling," Hull said. "It's something you can only dream of, and then it happens. The neatest thing about it is to be on a list with two great guys."

Hull joined Wayne Gretzky -- 92 goals in 1982 and 87 in 1984 with Edmonton -- and Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux -- 85 in 1989.

While Hull was celebrating his historic goal, teammate Kelly Chase was savoring his first goal of the season, when he beat Washington goaltender Don Beaupre on a screened slap shot 5:48 into the second period.

"A guy like Hull amazes you," said Chase, who was playing with the Blues' Peoria, Ill., farm team last week. "I can remember scoring a lot of goals in midget hockey, but that was hometown stuff. But 80 goals in the NHL -- I can't imagine throwing my arms in the air that much. My shoulders would be thrown out."

Hull's historic goal, along with Chase's first one, defeated a Caps team in desperate need of a win. Washington (72 points) was bumped back to fifth place in the Patrick Division, behind New Jersey (74 points) and Philadelphia (73 points).

"This was a game we did a lot of good things in -- the only thing we didn't do was finish," Washington coach Terry Murray said. "The work ethic and intensity were good, and it was certainly a game we wanted to have. It was a chance to take a step up the ladder, but we stumbled a bit."

With seven games remaining and the Blues (93 points) locked in a tight battle with Chicago (96 points) for the Norris Division title, Hull said he will concentrate on scoring and winning.

St. Louis .. .. .. 1 .. .. 1 .. .. 0 .. .. -- 2

Washington .. .. . 0 .. .. 1 .. .. 0 .. .. -- 1

First period--1, St. Louis, Hull 80 (Oates, Quinn), 8:41 (pp). Penalties-- Greenlaw, Was (interference), 1:26; Bruce, StL (hooking), 5:33; Butcher, StL (elbowing), 6:08; Iafrate, Was (tripping), 8:36.

Second period--2, Washington, Miller 22 (Bondra, Johansson), 3:09. 3, St. Louis, Chase 1 (Quinn, Bruce), 5:48. Penalties-- Kimble, StL, major (fighting), 3:18; Kypreos, Was, major (fighting), 3:18; Stevens, StL (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:11; May, Was (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:11; Brind'Amour, StL (slashing), 7:59; Sabourin, Was (cross-checking), 7:59; Kimble, StL, misconduct, 12:06; May, Was, misconduct, 12:06; Featherstone, double minor (interference, roughing), 14:28; Greenlaw, Was (roughing), 14:28.

Third period--None. Penalty--Washington bench, served by Bondra (too many men), 9:19.

Shots on goal--St. Louis 9-8-6--23. Washington 9-7-11--27. Power-play opportunities--St. Louis 1 of 3; Washington 0 of 3. Goalies--St. Louis, Riendeau, 24-9-6 (27 shots-26 saves). Washington, Beaupre, 17-17-2 (23-21). A--17,846. Referee--Ron Hoggarth. Linesmen-- Gord Broseker, Brian Murphy.

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