Jari Kurri scored his second goal on a shot between the pads of Darren Jensen 1:29 into overtime to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last night in Edmonton.
The victory gives the Oilers an eight-point margin over the Flyers in the overall league standings with 16 games left. The loss reduced Philadelphia's lead over the Washington Capitals, winners over the Rangers, to three points in the Patrick Division. It was the first overtime loss of the season for Philadelphia, which had two victories and four ties previously.
The Oilers scored first at 16:27 of the second period when Kurri snapped Wayne Gretzky's centering pass into the top left corner. The 20-footer gave the all-star right winger a league-leading 48 goals and his fourth consecutive season with at least 100 points. Kurri has 53 assists this season.
The Flyers drew even on Tim Kerr's 44th goal at 18:12. Blackhawks 6, Blues 4
Darryl Sutter broke a 4-4 tie with a goal early in the third period as Chicago won at home. It was Chicago Coach Bob Pulford's 300th NHL win.
The win increased the Blackhawks' Norris Division lead over the Blues to eight points.
Troy Murray and Curt Fraser scored two goals each for the Blackhawks. Whalers 4, Bruins 1
Goalie Mike Liut stopped 24 shots and Stewart Gavin scored two first-period goals to lead Hartford at home. Liut, 2-7-1 in his last 10 starts, played his best game in nearly a month as Hartford ended a four-game losing streak.
Hartford moved within six points of fourth-place Buffalo in a bid to gain a playoff birth in the Adams Division. Devils 6, Jets 4
Mark Johnson scored three goals, his second of the game with 2:47 left breaking a 4-4 tie, to lead New Jersey at home. The loss was Winnipeg's third in a row. Flames 5, Kings 1
Richard Kromm and Carey Wilson scored third-period goals 43 seconds apart as Calgary broke open a close game in Inglewood, Calif., to hand Los Angeles its seventh straight loss at home.