Joe Sakic continued his outstanding start with two goals and an assist and rookie goaltender John Tanner earned his first NHL victory yesterday as the Quebec Nordiques defeated the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 5-3.

Sakic now has seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in nine games, keeping him among the league's leading scorers.

Tanner stopped 37 shots as the vastly improved Nordiques moved back to the .500 mark with a 3-3-3 record as they won at the Colisee for the first time since last March 17, when they beat Philadelphia.

Detroit goaltender Alain Chevrier was yanked after giving up Sakic's second goal, and Quebec's fifth, at 14:28 of the second period. He allowed five goals on 18 shots.

Rangers 4, Penguins 3: Brian Mullen scored with 3:17 left in the third period and visiting New York withstood Pittsburgh's rally.

With goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck winning his fourth straight start, the Rangers won for the sixth time in seven games.

On the winning goal Darren Turcotte fired a hard shot off goalie Tom Barrasso's chest. Before the puck hit the ice, Mullen backhanded the rebound into the net with his stick at waist level for his fourth goal.

The Rangers had a 3-0 lead after two periods but the Penguins scored twice in a span of 21 seconds early in the third.

Pittsburgh's power play, in a one-for-17 slump, succeeded on its sixth chance of the game at 4:22 when Joe Mullen deflected Paul Coffey's shot from the left point for his sixth goal.

Mike Gartner had the only goal of the first period as the Rangers scored on their first power-play chance. Gartner knocked in Brian Mullen's rebound at 11:02 for his NHL-leading eighth goal.

Flames 8, Bruins 1: Al MacInnis had two goals and two assists as Calgary, at home, scored five times in the first period.

Paul Ranheim and Brian MacLellan scored eight seconds apart to trigger the five-goal first period as the Flames shelled Andy Moog. Calgary had scored only 25 goals in its first seven games.

Boston, winless in its last five games, was pummeled for the second straight night. The Bruins lost, 8-1, in Edmonton Friday and were outscored 26-4 in four straight losses to Smythe Division teams after a 3-3 tie in Minnesota. Boston ended a seven-game, two-week road trip with a 2-4-1 record.

Flyers 5, Canadiens 3: In Montreal, Scott Mellanby scored the tie-breaking goal 7:46 into the third period as Philadelphia won its sixth straight game.

Mellanby took a pass from Mark Howe, went around defenseman Gerald Diduck and stuffed the puck past goaltender Patrick Roy for his third goal of the season.

Blues 2, North Stars 2: Dave Gagner scored with 9:52 remaining in regulation to lift Minnesota to a tie in St. Louis.

Maple Leafs 6, Blackhawks 2: Toronto, though outshot 41-30, won its first game of the season.

The Maple Leafs were 0-6-1 and had managed only four goals in their last three game. Gary Leeman -- a 51-goal scorer in 1989-90 -- netted his first of the season, as did rookie Scott Thornton. Rob Ramage, Wendel Clark, Kevin Maguire and Vince Damphouse also scored.

Sabres 3, Islanders 1: Buffalo won for the first time in eight games this season as Rick Vaive and Donald Audette scored power-play goals 31 seconds apart in the second period in Uniondale, N.Y.

Buffalo, off to the worst start in the team's 20-year history, snapped a 1-1 tie by capitalizing on both ends of a two-man power-play advantage.

Vaive, standing by the edge of the crease, poked a bouncing puck between the pads of goalie Jeff Hackett for his his fifth goal of the season at 12:06. Audette, a rookie, beat Hackett from the slot for his first NHL goal at 12:37.