NHL Roundup : Anderson Scores 29th, 30th Goals as Edmonton Defeats Boston, 5-3

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Glenn Anderson scored his 29th and 30th goals and set up two others Monday night to spark the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 win over the Bruins at Boston.

Wayne Gretzky had one goal and two assists to move into eighth place on the all-time NHL assist list with 778, passing Jean Ratelle. Mark Messier also had a goal and two assists for the 31-9-4 Oilers, who have 66 points--the most in the league.

The Oilers were 3 for 3 on the power play, including first period goals by Anderson and Gretzky. Anderson gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead 2:19 in when he fired a Jari Kurri rebound past goalie Pat Riggin. Gretzky scored his 33rd goal at 7:15 by converting Anderson's rebound to boost the Oilers to a 2-0 advantage.

Anderson provided Edmonton with a 3-0 lead 1:31 into the second period when he flipped a backhander past Riggin.

Boston lost defenseman Michael Thelven late in the first period after he was accidently cut across the face by Gretzky's stick. Thelven suffered a broken nose and had a three-inch cut that required 13 stitches.

Toronto 7, Detroit 4--Rookie left wing Steve Thomas scored two goals and assisted on two others as the Maple Leafs won a game at Toronto that erupted into a bench-clearing brawl with five minutes remaining.

Nine players were ejected after a delay of 19 minutes.

In the third period, Wendel Clark's 20-foot shot beat goaltender Mark Laforest to put the Maple Leafs ahead, 5-4, at 5:19, and Thomas scored from the same spot at 14:32.

Play was stopped at 14:51 of the third period. Clark knocked down Claude Loiselle behind the Detroit net, and Red Wing forward Warren Young responded by taking a run at Clark. Gary Nylund of the Leafs and Greg Smith of the Red Wings began to fight, then Lane Lambert led a charge off the Detroit bench.

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