Martin Rucinsky scored for the fourth straight game and Sergei Zholtok got his first goal of the season as the Canadiens stopped a nine-game winless skid with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks last night in Montreal.

With Jeff Hackett stopping 24 shots, the Canadiens won for the first time since beating Buffalo on Oct. 16. Montreal had gone 0-8-1 in that span.

The Canadiens have scored more than two goals in only three of 17 games this season.

"It just eats you up, what's been going on around here, and I've been miserable," Hackett said.

* BRUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3: P.J. Axelsson scored with 1 minute 2 seconds remaining in overtime and Dave Andreychuk scored two third-period goals, rallying Boston past visiting Toronto. The Bruins are unbeaten in their past seven home games (5-0-2).

Andreychuk is tied with Jaromir Jagr of Pittsburgh for the league lead with 13 goals in 17 games. Andreychuk also moved into 17th on the career goal-scoring list, passing Maurice "Rocket" Richard.

"Andreychuk has been doing this for years," Toronto Coach Pat Quinn said. "Teams have been trying to figure out a way to stop this guy, but obviously have not come up with one."

* FLYERS 4, HURRICANES 1: Eric Lindros, Eric Desjardins and Sandy McCarthy scored second-period goals to lead host Philadelphia past Carolina. The Flyers have gone 9-2-1 after starting the season 0-5-1.

Ron Francis had an assist for Carolina, moving him past Gordie Howe into fifth place on the NHL career list with 1,050.

* KINGS 5, AVALANCHE 2: Ziggy Palffy and Marko Tuomainen stunned Patrick Roy with goals 52 seconds apart in the first period as Los Angeles rolled at home over Colorado. The Kings (10-4-4) are off to their best start since 1992-93, when they went to the Stanley Cup finals.

* PREDATORS 2, SENATORS 1: Greg Johnson and Robert Valicevic scored to give Nashville the road victory over Ottawa.