Tom McCarthy, seriously injured in a fight last February, scored a goal and assisted on another Tuesday night at Bloomington, Minn., to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
It was the sixth game for the North Stars (2-3-1) but the first for the 25-year-old left wing. With the Stars trailing, 3-2, in the second period, McCarthy set up Craig Levie for a tying goal. On a power play some three minutes later, McCarthy knocked in the rebound of a shot by Brian Bellows to put the North Stars in front to stay.
Last Feb. 14, Dave Williams, the most penalized player in National Hockey League history, gave McCarthy a valentine--a punch in the head that caused a severe concussion. At the time Williams was with Detroit, but now he is with the Kings.
There was some doubt that McCarthy would ever play again. The concussion was so serious it prevented the native of Toronto from playing in the final 24 games last season.