Mats Naslund scored two goals, including the game-winner with 4:52 left in the third period last night in Montreal, to lead the Canadiens to a 6-4 victory over the Quebec Nordiques, evening their Adams Division final series at 1-1.
The teams will resume the best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff second round in Quebec Tuesday.
Defenseman Rick Green carried the puck over the Quebec blueline and backhanded it into the slot to Naslund, who deflected it into the right corner of the net past rookie goaltender Mario Gosselin to give Montreal a 5-4 lead.
Montreal captain Bob Gainey scored an empty-netter with 58 seconds remaining.
"I feel confident playing center," said Naslund, who had been playing left wing. "I had three or four other good scoring chances. I felt good. I don't care whether the coach (Jacques Lemaire) wants me to play left wing or center."
Trailing, 4-2, Quebec drew into a 4-4 tie in the third period. Michel Goulet scored his second power play goal of the game on a deflection of Brad Maxwell's slap shot. It was Goulet's eighth goal of the playoffs and 11th point.
Peter Stastny tied the score 45 seconds later when he skated in from the blueline, beat Canadiens defenseman Craig Ludwig, caught Montreal rookie goalie Steve Penney moving to his left and slipped the puck into the right-hand corner of the net. It was his second goal of the night and, with 11 previous playoff assists, he leads the league in playoff points.
"I'm proud of my players," said Quebec Coach Michel Bergeron. "It was a good comeback and we almost won (another) game in this building. But I'm happy we got a split here and I'm confident because we're going back home where the crowd will be on our side.
We missed Pat Price tonight (out with an ankle injury), but he will be back next game and even though Paul Gillis played ill, he gave it everything he had. But I know he'll be much better Tuesday night."
Montreal lost its outstanding rookie defenseman Petr Svoboda for the rest of the season when he tore ankle ligaments.