Mats Naslund's 24th goal of the season, last night in Montreal, helped the Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques that left the two teams tied for first place in the NHL's Adams Division.
The Canadiens were leading, 2-1, when Naslund took advantage of a power-play opportunity at 11:37 of the final period and put a high shot past goalie Clint Malarchuk.
The Nordiques scored 47 seconds later on their second power-play goal of the game, Michel Goulet's 23rd goal of the season.
The Canadiens, who outshot the Nordiques, 32-14, in the first two periods, finally managed to break a 1-1 deadlock at 18:48 of the second period. Bobby Smith scored after controlling a rebound at the side of the net off the pad of Malarchuk.
Montreal lost center Ryan Walter in the first period. He was hospitalized after being hit near the left eye with a stick. Sabres 5, Rangers 4
Don Lever's goal at 17:05 of the third period lifted Buffalo to victory in New York.
The Sabres, who had won only two of 11 previous games, spotted the Rangers an early 3-0 lead.
The Sabres scored four straight goals to take a 4-3 lead before the Rangers tied it on Mike Ridley's goal at 13:18 of the third period. Whalers 4, Flames 3
Sylvain Turgeon scored his second career hat trick and Bobby Crawford scored the game-winner with 12:21 remaining in Hartford.
The Whalers, who came back from a three-goal deficit Monday to tie Montreal, rallied from a two-goal deficit in last night's final period to advance two games over .500 for their best start ever. Black Hawks 5, Jets 4
Defenseman Behn Wilson scored early in the last period on a power play to break a 4-4 tie in Chicago.
Winnipeg's Dale Hawerchuk scored the first two goals of the game, both on power plays. The Black Hawks won for only the second time in their last seven games and moved back into second place in the NHL's Norris division past idle Minnesota. Kings 4, Maple Leafs 3
Marcel Dionne's 13th and 14th goals beat Toronto and provided Los Angeles' third victory in 16 games at Inglewood, Calif. Los Angeles scored twice on 16 shots in the second period to take charge of a game that was tied twice.
Kings goalie Bob Janecyk made 32 saves to win for the first time since serving a five-game suspension for stick-swinging.