Philadelphia goaltender Bob Froese turned aside 28 shots as the Flyers handed the Buffalo Sabres their first shutout at home in almost 8 1/2 years, 4-0, last night.
Peter Zezel, Dave Poulin, Murray Craven and Dave Brown scored for the Flyers as Buffalo suffered its first home shutout since a 2-0 loss to Boston on Nov. 23, 1977. The Philadelphia victory also ended the Sabres' five-game winning streak, their longest of the season.
The shutout was Froese's fourth of the season and Philadelphia's seventh -- both NHL highs. It was the first time the Flyers have held Buffalo without a goal in the regular season.
Zezel's power-play goal at 7:13 of the first period made it 1-0 as he deflected a Mark Howe shot from the point past goalie Tom Barrasso.
Brian Propp set up the Flyers' second goal in the second period when he drew three Sabres to him at the blueline before slipping a pass to a wide-open Poulin on the left wing. Poulin's low shot from 25 feet slipped between Barrasso's pads at 4:21.
Craven tipped in a Daryl Stanley shot from the point to make it 3-0 at 14:13 of the middle period. Nordiques 5, Kings 2
Anton Stastny's power-play goal with 7:06 of the third period, scored when a pass from his brother Peter bounced off his skate and into the Los Angeles net, snapped a 2-2 tie for visiting Quebec.
The victory moved the Nordiques into first place in the Adams Division by one point over Montreal (68-67).
Anton Stastny, skating just in front of the Kings' goal, couldn't get his stick down in time to handle the pass, but the deflection skidded past goalie Darren Eliot. Rangers 5, Canucks 2
New York ended an extended scoring slump at Madison Square Garden with two first-period goals by Mark Osborne and went on to the victory over Vancouver.
The game was halted for several minutes in the last period when fans tossed soda and beer onto the Vancouver bench. Assistant coach Jack McIlhargey tried to climb into the crowd but was held back by players and arena security guards. Several players also tried to retaliate before order was restored.
Patrick Nugent, 20, of Massapequa, N.Y., was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly dumping a cup of beer over Vancouver Coach Tom Watt. A security official said Nugent, who could face 15 to 20 days in jail, dumped the beer over Watt on a dare from friends. Six other spectators were ejected from the arena.
Watt, joking about the incident afterward, said, "It's the first time in my life that I've ever refused a beer."