Keith Crowder broke a tie midway through the third period with a power-play goal that enabled the Boston Bruins to end the Montreal Canadiens' eight-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory last night in Boston.

Capitalizing on a hooking penalty assessed to Bobby Smith at 9:50 of the third period, Crowder scored at 11:19. Ray Bourque and Gord Kluzak set him up and, at 11:19, he slid a shot from the left faceoff circle between the legs of goalie Brian Hayward.

Hayward was playing his eighth consecutive game while Patrick Roy, the Canadiens' No. 1 goaltender, completed an eight-game suspension for slashing Warren Babe of the Minnesota North Stars.

The Bruins outshot the Canadiens, 32-17, for their third victory in four starts since breaking a six-game winless streak. Montreal had five victories and three ties in its unbeaten string.

Boston took a 1-0 lead on its first shot of the game at 8:10 of the first period. Bob Sweeney scored his eighth goal of the season, converting a pass from Cam Neely during a power play.

The Canadiens struck back on a power play, Stephane Richer beating Rejean Lemelin on a long slap shot at 9:56.

Jets 1, Devils 1:

Dale Hawerchuk deflected a long shot past goalie Bob Sauve early in the third period to end the Devils' eight-game winning streak in East Rutherford, N.J.

The NHL record for consecutive victories at home is 11, set by the Chicago team Oct. 9-Nov. 28, 1963.

The tie still left the Devils undefeated at home this season (8-0-1) and raised their record to 10-4-2.

Islanders 4, Blues 3:

In St. Louis, Pat LaFontaine and Greg Gilbert each had a goal and an assist in leading the Islanders into first place in the Patrick Division, one point ahead of the Devils.

Bob Bassen had two assists for the Islanders, who raised their record to 11-4-1, best in the league.

The Blues scored two shorthanded goals but were zero for five on power plays.

Flyers 5, Penguins 2:

Mark Howe scored a power-play goal and assisted on Dave Poulin's shorthanded goal to make the Penguins 0-36-3 in Philadelphia since 1974.

Murray Craven, Derrick Smith and J.J. Daigneault also scored for the Flyers, who ended a five-game winless streak and extended their unbeaten streak against Pittsburgh at the Spectrum to 39 games. The Penguins got goals from Dave McIlwain and Jock Callander.

The Penguins were playing without Mario Lemieux, who missed his third straight game because of back spasms and a bruised shoulder.