Pierre Larouche capped a three-goal first period with his 10th goal in 11 games and the Rangers went on to their sixth straight victory, a 5-1 win over the Minnesota North Stars last night in New York.
Glen Hanlon, making an infrequent start in goal for the Rangers, had a shutout going until 18:07 of the second period when Dino Ciccarelli scored for Minnesota. But by that time, the Rangers had a 5-0 lead en route to ending the North Stars' three-game winning streak.
Reijo Ruotsalainen assisted on Tomas Sandstrom's 50-foot shot for New York's first score, Ruotsalainen's 300th point in the National Hockey League.
Sandstrom then was clotheslined by the stick of Minnesota defenseman Dave Langevin, incurred a concussion and had to be assisted off the ice and hospitalized overnight. Oilers 3, Canadiens 2
Wayne Gretzky's 43rd goal -- 97 seconds after one by teammate Glenn Anderson -- put the Oilers ahead, 2-1, in the first period, then Craig MacTavish made it 3-1 early in the second period of the victory over Montreal.
The Oilers, harshly chastised by Coach Glen Sather after blowing a 4-1 lead in a Saturday loss to Boston, played much tighter. They allowed Montreal only nine shots in the first two periods. And in the third, when the Canadiens came out strong, got 11 shots and closed within a goal, Grant Fuhr came up stronger in the net.
Three Oilers returned: defenseman Charlie Huddy from missing three games with back spasms; Esa Tikkanen recalled from the minors; Dave Hunter out of jail pending appeals on his impaired driving sentence. Penguins 6, Kings 5
Doug Shedden scored his 31st goal of the season 3:54 into overtime in Pittsburgh to give the Penguins a victory over Los Angeles. Mario Lemieux's drive from the left side deflected off Shedden's skate and past goalie Roland Melanson.
It was Lemieux's third assist of the game as he extended his point-scoring streak to 19 games and raised his season point total to 113, setting a team record.