SECOND LEAVING: Guy Lafleur is getting ready for his second retirement, and this time he is happy about it. Lafleur, who says he will move into a front-office job with the Quebec Nordiques after playing the rest of this season, still is resentful about the way he was treated six years ago by his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, and its president, Ron Corey.

The Hall of Fame right wing contends Corey enjoyed Lafleur's messy departure from the Montreal organization in September 1985 because Lafleur had rejected approaches by Corey to represent him 14 years earlier, when Corey was an agent.

Lafleur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in September 1988 and left promptly after the ceremony to begin a comeback with the New York Rangers. He played one season for New York before signing with Quebec as a free agent in July 1989.

"My retirement is completely different than the one in '84 because I'm ready for this," Lafleur said. "I've been preparing for it, and what I will do with the {Nordiques} organization is similar to what I was supposed to do in Montreal. I never had the chance to do it. I learned from my mistake and today I'm looking forward to it."

PRO RECORD: Peoria of the International League extended its winning streak to 18 games, a North American pro hockey record, with a 5-4 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets Thursday night. Peoria's only loss came on opening night at home against Kalamazoo. The Rivermen, coached by Bob Plager, broke the Baltimore Skipjacks' mark of 16 straight last Saturday by beating the Wings in Kalamazoo.

TEAM VICTORY: The New York Islanders' 3-1 victory over Winnipeg Thursday night was their first this season in which Pat LaFontaine played but did not earn a point. . . . Islanders defenseman Jeff Norton has seven regular season NHL goals -- all on special teams. He has six on the power play and one shorthanded. . . . The Islanders allowed 19 goals in 60 power-play opportunities in October; they have given up just two in 41 chances in November, including 15 straight kills.

DEVILS GO DOWN: New Jersey sent forward Alan Stewart and defenseman Tommy Albelin to the American Hockey League Utica Devils for conditioning.