Craig Simpson, Terry Ruskowski and Mike Bullard scored goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Minnesota North Stars last night, 3-2. With the home victory, the Penguins extended their unbeaten streak to 3-0-1 while stopping Minnesota's 3-0-1 run.
At 21-20-5, the Penguins climbed above .500 for the first time since Oct. 31, 1984, when they had a record of 5-4-0.
Bullard scored the eventual game-winner at 2:48 of the third period. Mike Blaisdell's right wing pass deflected off Bullard's skate for his 25th goal of the season and a 3-1 lead.
Goalie Roberto Romano had 31 saves and was working on a shutout until the third period.
Romano is 14-10-2 and has the most wins by a Penguins goaltender since Michel Dion's 25 in the 1981-82 season. He and veteran Gilles Meloche are playing on a regular rotation system.
"They basically know they're going to play every second game and they're able to prepare for it," Pittsburgh Coach Bob Berry said. "Romano's played extremely well, but I think overall we've probably played a little bit better in front of the goaltenders." Sabres 6, Devils 3
Buffalo got two goals and an assist from Paul Cyr and 38-save goaltending from Tom Barrasso to win in East Rutherford, N.J. The Sabres are 2-0-0 in Scotty Bowman's new stint as coach and 18-0-3 against New Jersey since last losing to the franchise on Nov. 11, 1979, when the Devils were the Colorado Rockies. Black Hawks 6, Red Wings 4
In Chicago, Denis Savard scored two goals, including the 200th of his career, and Behn Wilson's 55-foot slap shot midway through the second period broke a 4-4 tie and Detroit lost its seventh game in a row.
Detroit goalie Ed Mio was knocked unconscious by a shot off the stick of the Black Hawks' Steve Larmer midway through the second period. Struck in the chin, Mio was carried off on a stretcher and hospitalized. Bruins 2, Jets 1
Keith Crowder scored on a Boston power play 91 seconds into the third period in Winnipeg, ending a 1-1 tie. Crowder, unguarded beside Winnipeg goalie Brian Hayward, easily backhanded Gord Kluzak's rebound in. %Flames 9, Maple Leafs 5
In Toronto, Joel Otto scored two goals and assisted on another to help Calgary win its fourth of five games since an 11-game losing streak. The Flames routed Maple Leafs goalie Tim Bernhardt after one period, having made four of 10 shots for a 4-3 lead.