The Chicago Black Hawks stopped Wayne Gretzky's record point-scoring streak at 39 games, and defenseman Paul Coffey's at 28, but that achievement in Chicago Stadium last night rang a bit hollow as the Edmonton Oilers skated off with a 4-3 victory.
The Oilers attained 74 points, four ahead of runner-up Philadelphia in the National Hockey League overall standings, as Mark Napier's second-period goal broke a 2-2 tie and linemate Glenn Anderson's second goal of the game made it 4-2.
Gretzky put just two shots on goal against Bob Sauve.
*Canadiens 4, Sabres 1: In Montreal, Mats Naslund scored twice and Doug Soetaert made 22 saves to set down Buffalo.
Naslund scored his first goal with 16 seconds left in the first period and scored his 33rd of the season at 1:35 of the third.
*Rangers 6, Nordiques 6: Mark Pavelich scored with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to gain New York a tie in Quebec.
New York's Pierre Larouche, up from the AHL for his first game of the season, broke away in overtime and hit the post at the buzzer.
*Bruins 6, Whalers 3: All-star defenseman Ray Bourque broke a tie with his 13th goal at 7:33 of the third period and Boston, on home ice, broke Hartford's five-game winning streak.
Bourque lined a 35-foot slap shot past goalie Mike Liut after center Steve Kasper won the draw on a faceoff in the Hartford zone.
Kasper was awarded a penalty shot, Boston's first in five years, in the second period when referee Kerry Fraser ruled a Hartford player had kicked a discarded broken stick into the puck. Kasper tried to deke Liut, but was outguessed for an easy save on a weak backhander.
*North Stars 6, Devils 2: Marc Habscheid, in his first game for Minnesota, scored twice in the first period as New Jersey was defeated in Bloomington, Minn.
Habscheid, a center acquired in a trade with Edmonton last month and just brought up from the AHL, scored on a power play at 7:03 and at 16:57, both times on setups by Dino Ciccarelli. His teammates took it from there, building a 5-0 lead.
*Flames 6, Kings 3: Jamie Macoun, Hakan Loob and Charlie Bourgeois each scored a goal early in the first period to lead Calgary over visiting Los Angeles.
The Flames took a 1-0 lead on Macoun's slap shot from the edge of the faceoff circle just 55 seconds into the game.