The Michigan Daily-Thursday May 3, 1979-Page 15
RANGER VICTORY CLOSE
Troubled icers shine in playoffs
:W YORK (AP)-Early in the night for a 2-1 lead in their semifinal wing Pat Hickey and right wing Ron They are all little pieces in the puzzle
ar season, the New York Rangers series. Game Four will be played Thur- Duguay, he has given the Rangers a that forms a picture of success for the
raded center Phil Esposito to the sday night at Madison Square Garden. line with enough speed to check any trio Rangers and some real trouble for the
ago Black Hawks for a center "At mid-year, I heard for three weeks on any opposing club. Islanders.
ed Jim Harrison-only to have the that I was gone," said Vickers, who has Johnstone, meanwhile, has played on "Talent," observed Islanders left
scotched when a doctors reported spent his seven NHL seasons with the a fourth line and has teamed with wing Clark Gillies, "can take you only
ison's back was unsound. - Rangers. "But Espo's been having that Pierre Plante to help the Rangers kill 20 s0 far. We're not thinking about what
the regular season, left wing Steve for three years, soI guess it's OK." of their last 31 manpower disadvan- s We're.d o tig."
ers watched 14 Rangers games Esposito, who made goal-scoring tages. we'redoing.
from the darkness of Coach Fred
Through the regular season, center
Bobby Sheehan toiled in New Haven,
where the Rangers have their farm
club in the American Hockey League.
The stories go on: right wing Ed
Johnstone dressed for 'just 30 of New
York's 80 regular season games.
But so far in the National Hockey
League playoffs, each of these tales has
a happy ending; each player has made
a major contribution to the effort that
has produced eight victories in 10
games, the most recent a 3-1 decision
over the New York Islanders Tuesday
history with the Boston Burins before
being traded to the Rangers in Novem-
ber, 1975, admitted he wasn't about to
sign any long-term leases on apartmen-
ts. "No way," he said. "I sublet the
palce-furniture and everything."
But the veterans center is starting to
unpack. And Vickers has helped check
the Islanders' Mike Bossy into sub-
mission as the Rangers have taken
command in their best-of-seven series
against the NHL's regular-season
Sheehand, promoted from the AHL
seven games ago, has scored in four
straight games. In teaming with left
FORSTER, FORSCH GRAB HONORS:
Yanks recall Beattie
NL tah.% two
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The New York
Yankees, in desperate need of bullpen
help, recalled right-hander Jim Beattie
from Columbus of the International
League, the American League club an-
Beattie, a rookie last year who con-
tributed important victories in both the
AL playoffs and the World Series, was
4-0 in four starts with Columbus. In 35
innings, the Dartmouth graduate gave
up 17 hits and three runs for an earned
run average of 0.51, while striking out
34 and walking 17. He had two shutouts,
both by 1-0 scores.
Beattie is scheduled to rejoin the
Yankees in New York for .Friday
night's game against Oakland.
On the Yankees' current road trip,
the team's bullpen deficiencies have
been surfacing, particularly durinlg a
three-game sweep by the Mariners in
Seattle last weekend. Dick Tidrow was
tabbed to be the right-handed short
reliever after relief ace Goose Gossage
was injured. But Tidrow has not been
doing the job.
San Antonio 11, Philadelphia 108
Detroit, Chicago White Sox (ppd)
Cincinnati 4, Chicago Cubs 1
Pittsburgh 10, Atlanta 2
Minnesota 7, Toronto 5
Milwaukee 6, Cleveland 1
St. Louis 5, Houston 2
We can't afford
- to waste it.
NEW YORK - George Foster of the
Cincinnati Reds was named player of
the month and Houston's Ken Forsch
won pitcher of the month honors for
April, the National League announced
Foster batted .383 last month with
four home runs, two doubles and a
triple. He scored 13 runs and drove in 22
to lead the league in that department.
Foster has won the NL RBI title for
three consecutive seasons and led the
league in home runs for the last two
Forsch won three games in as many
decisions and pitched the first no-hitter
of the season on April 7 against Atlanta.
He had a 2.31 earned run average for
SAN ANTONIO Spurs George Gervin 144) tries to get around Henry Bibby 114)
of the Philadelphia 76ers in their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final game at
San Antonio. With the series tied at 3-3, the Spurs took the crucial game by the
score of 111-108.
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