Karl Dykhuis had a goal and two assists as the Canadiens downed the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, last night in Montreal. The Canadiens, who had scored only five times in four games, ended a two-game losing streak.
The Penguins lost their second straight following a four-game winning streak after the hiring of Coach Herb Brooks on Dec. 9.
Benoit Brunet, Patrick Poulin and Scott Thornton put Montreal up, 3-0, in the first period against shaky Pittsburgh goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
AVALANCHE 4, HURRICANES 2: Brian Rolston poked in a rebound with 5 minutes 27 seconds left and Sandis Ozolinsh added a pair of goals as Colorado won on the road. The Avalanche won for only the third time in 14 games when trailing after two periods and snapped a three-game winless streak. Peter Forsberg clinched it with an unassisted, breakaway goal with 1:34 left.
MAPLE LEAFS 6, PANTHERS 4: Nik Antropov had his first career hat trick as Toronto rallied to the victory in Sunrise, Fla. The Maple Leafs, who trailed 4-2, scored four straight goals in the third period.
RED WINGS 4, SHARKS 3: Brendan Shanahan scored two goals, the second unassisted with 7:43 left to play, to lead Detroit in San Jose.