Pierre Mondou scored twice and assisted on another goal last night in a fight-filled game in Quebec City as the Montreal Canadiens came from the brink of elimination to beat the Nordiques, 6-2, and tie their best-of-five Adams Division semifinal of the Stanley Cup playoffs at 2-2.
The Canadiens' second victory in 10 games at the Quebec Colisee allowed the Adams Division winners, who had dropped two straight to the Nordiques, to return to the Montreal Forum for Game 5 Tuesday night.
Mondou got the go-ahead goal on a two-on-one break with Mark Napier late in an intense first period that took 60 minutes to play. In the second period, the center put the Canadiens ahead, 4-1, with an assist to Mario Tremblay and scored his second goal late in the period on a wrist shot from close range as teammate Rejean Houle knocked goalie Daniel Bouchard out of the play.
The blistering pace of the series between the two Quebec clubs quickly gave rise to several fights in the first period. At 9:20 a prolonged struggle resulted in 159 minutes in penalties. There were 251 minutes in penalties in the game.