Mark Laforest, the backup goalie to all-star Ron Hextall, didn’t figure to play much this season for the Philadelphia Flyers.
But after a fast start, Hextall went into a slump, and the Flyers lost 7 of 9 games. So Laforest played in the last period of a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night.
He was in the nets again Friday night at Detroit, and despite an anemic attack, the Flyers pulled out a 4-3 victory.
Laforest faced 34 shots, but his teammates took only 16 against Detroit goalie Greg Stefan. Murray Craven scored with only 12 seconds left in regulation to give the Flyers the victory.
Just 33 seconds earlier, Steve Yzerman had scored his third goal of the game to pull the Red Wings even.
Washington 4, New York Islanders 2--With the score tied, 2-2, and less than 6 minutes left in regulation at Landover, Md., Bengt Gustafsson was just trying to hit something with a shot from the left side.
He didn’t hit a thing except the back of the net, and the Capitals handed the Islanders their fifth loss in a row.
Edmonton 7, Buffalo 3--The Oilers’ power play, almost nonexistent since Wayne Gretzky left, reappeared in the game at Edmonton.
The Oilers tied a club record with 5 power-play goals, wiping out Buffalo’s early 2-0 lead.