Paul Gagne and Brent Ashton scored 47 seconds apart in the third period and the New Jersey Devils overcame the Los Angeles Kings last night, 5-3, in East Rutherford, N.J.

With Los Angeles ahead, 3-2, on John Paul Kelly's short-handed goal, the Devils caught up on Gagne's deflection of a shot by Tapio Levo past Kings goalie Doug Keans. At 10:51, Ashton put the Devils ahead, rapping home a rebound of a shot by Dave Cameron.

Steve Tambellini scored into an empty net with one second to play.

In the first period, referee Dave Newell was hit in the right wrist by a shot of New Jersey's Bob Lorimer and was taken to a hospital, where X-rays disclosed a fracture. Linesmen Jim Christison and Mark Pare handled the rest of the game.

Black Hawks 4, Red Wings 2: In Chicago, Doug Wilson broke a 1-1 tie and started a three-goal outburst in a 3:13 span of the second period against Detroit.

Rick Paterson's 10-footer and Al Secord's 34th goal of the season, 13th on power plays, completed the flurry. The scores by Wilson and Paterson came 44 seconds apart with each team a player short.

Canucks 6, Jets 4: Kevin McCarthy, playing forward and defense, scored on two power plays in Vancouver during the defeat of Winnipeg. The Canucks opened a big early lead with four goals in a 3:15 span, beating goalie Doug Soetaert, replacement Ed Staniowski and Soetaert, who in turn relieved Staniowski.