Mark Howe and Bill Barber scored short-handed goals 32 seconds apart in the second period to break a 2-2 tie last night and send the Philadelphia Flyers to their ninth successive victory, an 8-4 home-ice decision over the Hartford Whalers. The winning streak ties the Flyers' club record.
The slumping Whalers were outshot, 53-28, and are 0-10-1 in their last 11 games. They have yet to win in Philadelphia.
The Flyers had four of the game's seven second-period goals, after NHL ROUNDUP --- Mark Taylor's rising shot at 10:20 of the first period beat Hartford goalie Mike Veisor for a 1-0 lead.
Philadelphia made it 2-0 at 4:27 of the middle period, when Ray Allison scored his 16th goal of the season on a pass from Bobby Clarke. Hartford tied on Doug Sulliman's 15th and 16th goals, but the Flyers followed with two quick short-handed goals.
Howe, acquired from Hartford during the offseason, finished off a give-and-go with Clarke at 14:05 with his fourth short-handed goal of the season. Half a minute later, with Hartford still on a power play, Barber pumped in his 14th goal.
Red Wings 4, Oilers 3: Paul Woods scored with 8:21 to go in Detroit and defenseman Reed Larson had four assists to defeat Edmonton, ending the Red Wings' losing string at four games.
The Red Wings capitalized on shaky goaltending by Edmonton's Grant Fuhr to jump to a 3-0 lead by 13:25 of the second period. Mark Osborne sent in a 25-footer; John Barrett's seemingly harmless shot from the blueline bounced past Fuhr, and Willie Huber's shot from the point sailed between Fuhr's pads on a Detroit power play.
Charlie Huddy and Jari Kurri reduced the gap to 3-2. Kurri scored his 23rd goal at 8:24 of the third period on Wayne Gretzky's pass from behind the net.
Woods provided the winning margin just over three minutes later, a 45-footer between Fuhr's pads.