Montreal's Mats Naslund scored three goals and assisted on another Monday night as the defending Stanley Cup champion Canadiens got their first victory of the season by beating the Minnesota North Stars, 6-4, at Montreal.
Naslund broke a 3-3 tie with his second goal at 2:36 of the second period and capped the third hat trick of his career less than five minutes later to give the Canadiens, who lost their first two games, a 5-3 lead.
Bobby Smith scored Montreal's fifth straight goal on a power play at 12:07 to make it 6-3.
Dino Ciccarelli scored his third power-play goal in two games when he put the Minnesota's first shot past goalie Brian Hayward at 4:51 of the first period.
After Montreal's Kjell Dahlin evened the score at 14:55, the North Stars scored goals by Scott Bjugstad and Dennis Maruk just 22 seconds apart to take a 3-1 lead.
Naslund closed the margin to 3-2 with a power-play goal at 18:43, and Craig Ludwig tied the score with a shot from the blue line with 11 seconds left in the opening period.
Washington 7, N.Y. Rangers 6--Mike Gartner scored his second goal of the game at 3:20 in overtime to give the Capitals a victory over the Rangers at New York.
The Rangers are 0-12-10 in overtime games over three seasons and haven't won in overtime since Jan. 6, 1984.
With Washington leading, 6-4, late in the third period, Mike Ridley and Willie Huber scored for New York in the final 2:31 to send the game into overtime. Huber's tying score, his second goal of the game, came with 36 seconds left after the Rangers pulled goalie Doug Soetaert in favor of a sixth attacker.
The Rangers, who lost their third straight game, were leading, 4-2, after two periods. Washington scored four goals in a 6:06 span to take a 6-4 lead.
Quebec 7, Vancouver 1--Rookie Jason Lafreniere scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Nordiques past the Canucks at Vancouver.
Jeff Brown, Risto Siltanen and Peter Stastny also scored with a man advantage as the Nordiques improved to 2-0-1. Quebec was 5 for 9 on power plays, with rookie defenseman Brown assisting on three of the goals.