Dino Ciccarelli scored a power-play goal with 16 seconds left in regulation time, as the North Stars scored twice in the final minute to beat the Capitals, 4-3, Tuesday night at Landover, Md., for their first victory in the Capital Centre in nearly seven years.
“Dino was in the right spot,” said Dave Gagner, who assisted on the winning score and notched two goals as the North Stars rallied from a 3-0 deficit.
Gagner fired from the left point and goaltender Don Beaupre, a former North Star, made the save only to have Ciccarelli lift in his 32nd goal.
Brian MacLellan tied the game with his 15th goal of the season with 55 seconds left in regulation. Washington’s Scott Stevens took a roughing penalty 29 seconds later, and Ciccarelli scored the game-winner.
The victory ended the North Stars’ 0-8-1 streak in the Capital Centre since their last win on Oct. 23, 1982.
Vancouver 3, Quebec 2--Steve Bozek scored with 2:22 remaining in the third period and the Canucks beat the Nordiques at Quebec City. Vancouver has won eight of its last nine games.
Bozek picked up a loose puck in the slot after Garth Butcher’s drive from the point failed to get through. Using Stan Smyl as a screen, Bozek fired a low shot past Quebec goalie Mario Gosselin.
Rich Sutter tied the score, 2-2, for Vancouver when he caught Gosselin sprawling out of position earlier in the period.
New Jersey 3, Boston 3-- Brendan Shanahan scored a goal and set up the game-tying tally by Patrik Sundstrom as the Devils skated to a tie with the Bruins at East Rutherford, N.J.
The tie extended the Bruins’ unbeaten streak to five games, all on the road, and moved them into a second-place tie with Buffalo in the Adams Division.
The Devils are 0-5-2 in their last seven games and are 11 points behind Philadelphia for the last playoff spot in the Patrick Division with 16 games left in the regular season.
The Devils, who fell behind 1-0 and 3-2 in the opening period, tied the game at 3-3 at 2:57 of the second period when Sundstrom capped a 2-on-1 by taking Shanahan’s pass and scoring into an open net for his 26th goal of the season.
Boston had two apparent goals disallowed after Sundstrom tied the game. Ray Bourque appeared to score on a shot from the point in the final minute of the second period, but the goal was waved off by referee Kerry Fraser, who assessed an interference penalty against Ken Linseman. Bobby Carpenter put in a rebound just after regulation time expired.
Hartford 3, N.Y. Islanders 1--Brian Lawton’s tie-breaking power-play goal in the second period lifted the Whalers to a win over the Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y.
The victory was the third in the last four games for the Whalers, who solidified their hold on the fourth and final playoff spot in the Adams Division. The Whalers have a 10-point lead over the Quebec Nordiques.