Wayne Gretzky tied an NHL record with seven assists for the third time and defenseman Kevin Lowe scored his first goal in more than a year as the Oilers breezed to an 8-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques last night in Edmonton.

Lowe's goal at 5:45 of the first period on a hard, rising slap shot was his first in 107 games.

Paul Coffey, with two short-handed goals, Jari Kurri with his 43rd, Ken Solheim, Mark Napier, Craig MacTavish and Dave Semenko scored the other Edmonton goals.

Gretzky failed to score a goal for the ninth straight game but his seven assists tied the record he already shared with Billy Taylor of the Detroit Red Wings.

Oilers forward Dave Hunter went to jail yesterday after a judge dismissed his appeal on convictions of impaired driving and refusing to take a breath analysis. But Court of Queen's Bench Judge L.D. MacLean reduced the jail term from four months to 28 days. Hunter, 27, will be eligible for release after serving either one-sixth or one-third of his sentence. Rangers 7, Red Wings 5

Pierre Larouche scored two first-period goals, including the 350th goal of his NHL career, and teammates Tomas Sandstrom and Don Maloney each scored twice to lead New York in Detroit.

Larouche, demoted to Hershey of the American Hockey League at the start of the season and recalled eight games ago, scored the first of two Rangers power play goals at 14:33 of the opening period for a 1-0 lead.

Sandstrom's slap shot from the blueline bounced through a host of players in front of the Detroit net and onto the stick of Larouche, who slid it behind goaltender Mark LaForest.

Sandstrom increased the lead to 2-0 just 1:50 later. And Larouche scored his second goal of the game with one minute remaining in the opening period.

The first of Maloney's two third-period goals gave the Rangers a 5-2 lead but Detroit cut it to 5-4 on goals by Joey Kocur and Reed Larson. However, Sandstrom's second goal of the game 55 seconds later clinched the victory. Jets 5, Whalers 4

Paul MacLean's second goal of the game, with 28 seconds left, lifted Winnipeg past visiting Hartford. MacLean beat goalie Steve Weeks with the game-winner, after a pass from the corner by Billy Derlago.

Hartford's Stewart Gavin scored his second goal of the game at 11:45 of the third period to tie at 4. Two minutes earlier, Derlago had given the Jets a 4-3 lead.

Weeks replaced Mike Liut, who pinched a nerve in his neck during a morning practice. Flames 3, Sabres 3

Rookie Joel Otto's 14th goal of the season, at 15:47 of the third period, lifted Calgary to the home tie. He slid a wrist shot past partially screened Buffalo goalie Jacques Cloutier.

Cloutier had frustrated the Flames, especially in the middle period when they outshot the Sabres, 22-6.