Right wing Rick Bowness broke a 2-2 deadlock with six minutes to play last night and added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to spark the host Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 victory over Montreal that snapped the Canadiens' 14-game unbeaten streak.
Bowness scored the tie breaker on a 25-foot slapshot set up by left winger Tim Trimper, who also scored a goal early in the first period. The victory gave the last-place Jets their first win in 10 games and second victory ever against Montreal, which had not lost since Jan. 31.
Montreal opened the scoring at 9:30 of the first period when Guy Lafleur's blue-line blast went between the legs of Jets' goalie Michel Dion on a power play. Trimper evened the score at 14:09 by converting a pass from Bowness in the slot.
An errant pass by Winnipeg rookie Dave Babych was relayed by left winger Yvon Lambert to Doug Risebrought, who put the Canadiens ahead, 2-1, at 17:03 of the opening period. Willy Lindstrom tied it for the Jets on a power play at 13:46 of the middle period when his wrist shot from the slot beat Montreal goalie Denis Herron on his glove side.