Brad McCrimmon scored twice and Murray Craven had a goal and two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the visiting New Jersey Devils, 4-1, last night for their fourth consecutive victory and a three-point lead over idle Washington in the NHL's Patrick Division.
On the Flyers' first goal, Pelle Eklund broke the team assist record for rookies when he fed Craven, who beat goalie Craig Billington from the top of the left faceoff circle at 3:30 of the opening period. It was Eklund's 47th assist, one more than Peter Zezel had last season.
The Flyers increased their lead to 2-0 four minutes later when McCrimmon scored his first goal on a low 35-foot slap shot. Billington stopped it with his stick, but it trickled between his legs. Zezel backhanded the rebound of his own shot at 11:41 for a 3-0 lead. Jets 6, Red Wings 0
Dan Bouchard earned his second shutout of the season and six forwards scored as Winnipeg beat visiting Detroit.
Bouchard, who shut out the Vancouver Canucks Jan. 5, had to stop only 15 shots for his 27th NHL shutout.
Scoring for Winnipeg were Ray Neufeld, Bengt Lundholm, Dale Hawerchuk, Laurie Boschman, Thomas Steen and Doug Smail.
The Jets have won four of five games since General Manager John Ferguson took over as coach.
Neufeld opened the scoring at 12:10 of the first period with a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past goalie Greg Stefan.
The Jets scored four times in short order in the second period. Lundholm made it 2-0 at 3:21 after taking a cross-ice pass from Steen. Hawerchuk took a pass from Paul MacLean and sent a slap shot over Stefan's shoulder at 4:17. Jim Nill fed Boschman for a goal at 7:11. Steen scored with a quick wrist shot at 10:18 to make it 5-0. Rangers 3, Islanders 1
Third-period goals by Brian MacClellan, Mike Ridley and Ron Greschner rallied the New York Rangers over the visiting New York Islanders and lifted them past idle Pittsburgh into fourth place in the Patrick Division.
Islanders goalie Kelly Hrudey had protected a 1-0 lead with a brilliant performance after Bob Bourne scored a power-play goal at 19:13 of the opening period.
But MacClellan got the tying goal just 10 seconds into the third period and Ridley netted the winner at 12:16 with a low 40-foot slap shot that beat Hrudey to the stick side. Greschner added an empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining. Blackhawks 5, Canucks 4
In Chicago, Denis Savard scored on a power play midway in the final period to beat Vancouver. The Canucks, with one victory in 14 contests, failed to score on six power plays.
Savard was hooked by Vancouver's Stan Smyl to set up the power play on which he scored the game-winner from the left faceoff circle. The victory gave Chicago a four-point lead over second-place St. Louis in the Norris Division.