Defenseman Marty Howe's first goal in 31 games in the NHL, on a 55-foot shot late in the third period, tied Quebec in Boston.

Howe, who played little in three years with the Hartford Whalers before Boston acquired him just before the start of this season, had his shot deflect off Quebec defenseman Mario Marois' skate at 15:40 and said, "The law of averages has to go on your side sooner or later." Less than a minute earlier, the Nordiques had gone ahead on Anton Stastny's goal, set up by brothers Peter and Marian.

Boston extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Quebec goalie John Garrett had 28 saves and Boston's Pete Peeters, the NHL player of the month for November, had 20.

Michel Goulet gave Quebec a 1-0 lead with his 18th goal, off a pass from Peter Stastny during a power play late in the first period. Rick Middleton got a tie midway through the next period with his 10th goal, and his 500th point with the Bruins, while his team was shorthanded.

Goulet regained the lead for Quebec early in the third period when he steered in a pass by Real Cloutier, using his skate while stationed at the corner of the goalpost. The Bruins' protests were rejected.

Bruce Crowder made it 2-2 by batting in a rebound at 4:58. Anton Stastny then scored off a pass from brother Peter for a 3-2 lead at 14:43.