The Quebec Nordiques scored nine straight goals in the first 23 minutes and beat Hartford, 12-3, last night, setting a club scoring record and stretching the Whalers' winless streak on the road to 11 games.
The Nordiques, with two goals each from Anton Stastny and Michel Goulet, broke by one goal their previous single-game scoring mark, set against Washington in an 11-7 triumph in February 1981.
The loss was the first for Larry Pleau, Hartford's coach and general manager since taking over three games ago after the resignation of Larry Kish. The Nordiques have won seven of their last eight, the only loss coming against Hartford last Thursday night.
Pierre Aubry began a six-goal first period with Quebec's first shot 18 seconds into the game, deflecting Alain Cote's drive between goalie Mike Veisor's pads.
Marc Tardif followed on a backhander at 4:07, Normand Rochefort scored with both teams shorthanded at 6:51 and Anton Stastny got a power-play goal 38 seconds later to make it 4-0. Marian Stastny, with his 32nd this season, on a power play from a scramble, and Dale Hunter, with only 34 seconds left in the period, closed the first-period barrage, which tied a club record.