Just when the Buffalo Sabres were about to celebrate a home victory over the Hartford Whalers, Pat Verbeek and Scott Young ruined the party.
Verbeek scored with 30 seconds left in regulation last night to tie the game and Young won it just 53 seconds into overtime as the Whalers beat the Sabres, 4-3, for a club-record sixth straight road victory.
"I was in front of the net and I knew there was a scramble for the puck," Young said. "No one had complete control of it. I got a lucky slide over to me. I had some time because no one was on me."
Sabres defenseman Jay Wells took the blame for the game-winner after he gave up the puck deep in Buffalo territory.
"I kind of threw it out," Wells said. "I was trying to get it out across to my partner. It was a bad choice."
Verbeek's goal came just 18 seconds after Dale Hawerchuk had given the Sabres a 3-2 lead.
The Whalers pulled goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz for an extra attacker in the final minute, and Verbeek scored his second goal of the game and 16th overall to force overtime. Young ended it with the first shot in overtime.
Oilers 4, Rangers 3: Joe Murphy scored two goals and Glenn Anderson had the game-winner as host Edmonton got out of the Smythe Division basement and past Winnipeg into fourth place. The Rangers suffered their third straight loss.
Murphy put the Oilers ahead by 3-2 by beating goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck with a backhander at 13:27 of the final period.
Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford stopped Troy Mallette on a breakaway and got a piece of Brian Leetch's shot in the final two minutes to preserve the win.
Nordiques 5, Flames 3: Tony McKegney scored two power-play goals as lowly Quebec beat Calgary for its first victory in Calgary in more than four years. The Nordiques, with the league's second-worst record, gained their third point against the Flames in six nights.
Penguins 2, Canucks 2: Kevin Stevens scored with 4:26 left in regulation to give Pittsburgh a tie with visiting Vancouver.
Stevens was reunited with linemates John Cullen and Mark Recchi in the third period after Coach Bob Johnson had broken up the combination Monday in an effort to get more balanced scoring.
Blues 6, Red Wings 3: In Detroit, NHL goal leader Brett Hull scored twice in the first period and Rich Sutter added a pair 10 seconds apart in the third period as St. Louis broke a six-game winless streak.