Claude Loiselle scored the winning goal at 9:09 of the third period last night in East Rutherford, N.J., as the New Jersey Devils edged the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3, for their third straight victory at home.
Loiselle intercepted the puck in the Canadiens' zone after goalie Brian Hayward had poked a crossing pass by the Devils' Andy Brickley away from the goalmouth.
Loiselle fired a 12-foot wrist shot past Hayward for his fourth goal of the season.
The Devils are 3-1 while the Canadiens dropped to 1-2-1.
Montreal took a 3-2 lead on Mats Naslund's power-play goal at 6:01 of the second period. But New Jersey responded 17 seconds later, when Aaron Broten backhanded a rebound of Kirk Muller's shot past Hayward.
Pat Verbeek had an assist on Broten's goal. It was his 100th assist and 200th career point.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead on George McPhee's first goal of the season 78 seconds into the game.
But Montreal recovered when Kjell Dahlin took a pass off the boards from Bobby Smith and beat goalie Alain Chevrier on a breakaway for his second goal of the season at 7:07.
Nordiques 2, Sabres 2: Peter Stastny scored two goals, his second with less than four minutes left in the third period, to give Quebec a tie in Buffalo.
Stastny's tying goal, his fourth of the season, came on a pass from Michel Goulet. Stastny stepped behind Buffalo defenseman Phil Housley and beat goaltender Tom Barrasso on the stick side. The two goals gave Stastny 800 career points.
Each team had good scoring chances in the five-minute overtime period but Barrasso and Quebec's Mario Gosselin came up with big saves to preserve the tie. Barrasso faced 34 shots, Gosselin 26.
Red Wings 3, Maple Leafs 2: Bob Probert's goal at 18:28 of the third period broke a tie and led Detroit to a home-opening victory over Toronto.
Gerard Gallant, who took a pass from Steve Yzerman, skated the puck up the left side, sent defenseman Todd Gill sprawling with a fake and fed Probert who easily faked out goalie Ken Wregget.