NHL Roundup : Calgary Ends Montreal’s Home Streak
The National Hockey League’s top teams, Calgary and Montreal, met Monday night at Montreal, with the Flames winning, 3-1.
Calgary’s Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice as the Flames ended the Canadiens’ 18-game home ice unbeaten streak.
Joe Mullen snapped a 1-1 tie with 8 seconds left in the second period.
The Canadiens, who hold a 3-point edge over Calgary in the overall standings, had won 16 and tied 2 at the Montreal Forum since losing to Pittsburgh Oct. 29.
Minnesota 7, New Jersey 2--Kari Takko started his first game in more than a month and stopped 40 shots as the North Stars defeated the Devils at East Rutherford, N.J.
The performance came 48 hours after Takko allowed 4 goals in 6 shots after relieving Jon Casey in the third period of an 8-6 loss to the New York Islanders. Before that, Takko had missed 9 games because of a virus.
The Devils have lost 5 of 7 games. Coach Jim Schoenfeld, complaining about lack of intensity and intelligent play, held a closed meeting with his players for more than an hour after the game.
Hartford 5, Quebec 0--Peter Sidorkiewicz stopped 27 shots for the second shutout of his NHL career, and Kevin Dineen scored twice to lead the Whalers at Quebec.
Dineen’s second goal, on a power play in the third period, closed out the scoring and led to a 30-minute delay after several rolls of toilet paper, one of which hit referee Kerry Fraser, were thrown on the ice by Quebec fans upset by both Fraser and the Nordiques’ play.
Dineen thought the game should have been called. “We had to concentrate on not getting hurt,” he said.
The Nordiques squandered 9 power-play opportunities and gave up 3 power-play goals as their longest winning streak of the season ended at 3 games.
New York Rangers 3, Edmonton 2--Guy Lafleur had a goal and an assist at Edmonton, Canada, as the Rangers got their fifth straight win, with 4 coming on the road. They are 10-1-3 in their last 14 games.