Real Cloutier scored with less than three minutes left last night to give the Quebec Nordiques a 4-3 victory over Montreal, halting the Canadiens' drive for the NHL record for consecutive road victories.

The Canadiens had won eight straight to tie the record and had gone 16 games without a loss.

After Chris Nilan tied the score on a deflection at 13:56 of the final period, Cloutier knocked in Dale Hunter's centering pass.

Each team scored once in a conservatively played opening period. Quebec center Peter Stastny opened the scoring at 7:59 when he deflected defenseman Normand Rochefort's backhander over Montreal goalie Rick Wamsley. Montreal evened it two minutes later on a power play when Mario Tremblay deflected a point shot from Gaston Gingras.

Dale Hunter gave Quebec a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal in the middle period, redirecting a blueline shot. Quebec upped its lead to two at 13:34 on Pierre Aubry's seventh goal. Montreal rebounded quickly, with Mark Napier scoring on a two-on-one break with Guy Lafleur.

Montreal right wing Steve Shutt suffered a deep cut on his left calf in the first period and was expected to be out of the line up for a week.