Three members of the Montreal Canadiens were arrested early yesterday in Winnipeg after police were called to a nightclub to break up a brawl involving seven persons, Winnipeg police reported.
Shayne Corson, Mike Keane and Brian Skrudland of the Canadiens, along with two Winnipeg men, were charged with causing a disturbance by fighting, a police spokesman said. All seven persons involved, including two women, suffered minor cuts and bruises, the spokesman said.
It has been far from great for Wayne Gretzky and the Kings since Gretzky's linemate, Tomas Sandstrom, went out with a back injury late last month.
The Kings' winless streak reached eight games, four losses and four ties, with a 4-1 loss to Calgary Thursday night. Gretzky was held without a goal or assist for only the third time in 30 games this season.
Sandstrom is not expected back until after Christmas. He has a fractured vertebrae, suffered during a 4-4 tie against St. Louis Nov. 29.
In mid-November, the Kings were in first place in the Smythe Division with a 16-5-1 record. Their current winless streak has dropped them into second place, five points behind the surging Flames.
Gretzky has 19 goals and 36 assists for 55 points in 30 games, but has only three goals and four assists in the last five games.
Los Angeles Coach Tom Webster was ejected for throwing a stick midway through the second period of the Calgary game, following a chain reaction of events that began when Flames defenseman James Macoun knocked down Brad Jones in the right corner with a fist to the face and escaped a penalty.
Seconds later, Doug Gilmour put the Flames ahead, 2-0, by converting a three-on-two for his sixth goal. Still fuming because of the non-call against Macoun, Webster was given a bench minor for his remarks directed at official Alan Hoggarth, and was shown the door after hurling a stick across the ice.