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NHL Roundup : A 60-Foot ‘Knuckler’ by Bourque Gives Bruins Tie With Canadiens

From Times Wire Services

Ray Bourque’s 60-foot slapshot on a power play in the second period wound up as something of a fluke goal but enabled the Boston Bruins to tie the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens, 3-3, Thursday night at Boston.

“It was a knuckler,” Bourque said of his second goal of the season. “I hit it while it was on edge, and all three guys ducked in front of the net. It just caught the corner.”

Mike McPhee had two goals 26 seconds apart in the second period for Montreal.

The Canadiens, unbeaten in five straight games, fired 26 shots on Boston goalie Bill Ranford, while the Bruins had 40 shots on Patrick Roy.

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New Jersey 7, N.Y. Islanders 6--Aaron Broten, who scored with 1:14 to play to force overtime, scored again with 38 seconds left in the extra period as the Devils snapped the visiting Islanders’ four-game unbeaten streak.

Pat LaFontaine led the Islanders with two second-period goals.

Philadelphia 6, Quebec 3--Brian Propp had a goal and three assists to lead the Flyers to an easy win over the Nordiques at Philadelphia and into a tie with Pittsburgh, at 16 points each, for first place in the Patrick Division.

Toronto 6, Hartford 2--Russ Courtnall scored a goal and added three assists as the Maple Leafs beat the Whalers at Toronto. Courtnall set up Toronto’s first two goals, both by Gary Leeman, and scored his third goal of the season in the second period.

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Detroit 3, Minnesota 1--Doug Shedden, Petr Klima and Shawn Burr scored goals, and Greg Stefan stopped 35 shots at Bloomington, Minn., as the Red Wings extended their unbeaten streak to four games and also, for the first time since 1979, won their third straight road game

Minnesota’s Neal Broten, who last season became the first U.S.-born player to score 100 points in an NHL season, suffered a dislocated left shoulder when he crashed into the boards after being slashed by Mike O’Connell in the third period.


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