Jari Kurri broke a 2-2 tie at 11:50 of the third period and Mark Messier had two assists to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings last night in Detroit.

Trailing, 2-1, Detroit tied the game at 5:50 of the third period on a goal by Reed Larson.

Kurri, the NHL's leading goal scorer with 42, got the game-winner when he took a pass from Wayne Gretzky and skated in alone, putting the puck through goalie Mark Laforest's pads. Islanders 1, Canucks 0

Bryan Trottier scored for New York and Billy Smith posted his first shutout of the season for the Islanders, who were playing at home. North Stars 4, Maple Leafs 2

Dino Ciccarelli broke a 2-2 tie at 3:26 of the third period as Minnesota won in Toronto. Whalers 4, Blues 4

Rookie defenseman Dana Murzyn put a 20-foot slap shot past St. Louis goalie Greg Millen with 16:13 remaining as Hartford won on the road to end a seven-game losing streak. Blackhawks 5, Bruins 4

Denis Savard scored midway through the final period on the rebound of a shot by Al Secord to give Chicago the victory over visiting Boston.