League scoring leader Wayne Gretzky had five goals and two assists to power Edmonton to a surprise rout, 9-2, of the St. Louis Blues.
Gretzky first scored on a rebound in the second period when the teams were tied at 2. He led a five-goal Edmonton third period by scoring four consecutive goals to tie an NHL record set in 1934 by Busher Jackson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Gretzky's third goal on the period, and his third short-handed goal of the season, came on a breakaway at 8:07. His last goal, his 38th of the season, was a deflection of a high shot from the point at 13:47. He also set up goals by Jarri Kurri and Brett Callighen to give Edmonton an early 2-0 lead.
In other games: the New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 8-3, at Madison Square Garden, the Winnipeg Jets tied the Hartford Whalers, 3-3, in Hartford; the Minnesota North Stars beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-2, in Minneapolis-St. Paul; the Quebec Nordiques beat the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, in the Forum, and the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks, 7-5, in Vancouver.