SWINGING SUSPENSION: Rangers F Bernie Nicholls was suspended for three games for swinging his stick at Canadiens D Jean-Jacques Daigneault during a game Saturday.

The suspension was announced by league executive vice president Brian O'Neill, two days after he gave Nicholls a hearing in Montreal.

Nicholls hit Daigneault on the bare hand with his stick after the Montreal player had dropped his gloves during an altercation.

Daigneault had high-sticked Randy Moller of the Rangers and then chased after Nicholls.

FAREWELL SKATE: Guy Lafleur says he is going to make one more road trip around the NHL before retiring again.

The 39-year-old Quebec Nordiques RW was to have played only home games for the rest of this season, but injuries forced the Nordiques to take Lafleur along on a six-game western road trip that began last night in Chicago.

"I owe it the many fans in western Canada who supported me throughout my career," said Lafleur, who will make stops in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Calgary and Edmonton.

Lafleur originally retired in 1984 after 14 seasons with Montreal, but made a comeback in 1988-89 with the Rangers before going to Quebec.

OUT AT HOME: Montreal RW Todd Ewen will miss the rest of the season because of a bone fracture in his right hand, an injury suffered when he slipped on the ice in front of his home.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder had returned to the Montreal lineup Jan. 24 after missing 24 games because of the injury, but it was determined that surgery was needed to repair his hand.

OUCH! Detroit Coach Bryan Murray needed nine stitches to close a cut to his forehead when he was struck by a clearing shot by Hartford's Sylvain Cote in the second period Wednesday.

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: John Ogrodnick of the Rangers has scored 20 of his 23 goals this season at Madison Square Garden.