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NHL Roundup : Oilers Post Fifth Straight Win by Beating Jets, 7-4

From Associated Press

Mark Messier and Jari Kurri each scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Winnipeg Jets, 7-4, Friday night at Winnipeg.

The victory gave Edmonton 74 points, two more than the idle Kings in the race for second place in the Smythe Division.

With the game tied, 2-2, the Oilers took command midway through the second period on tip-ins by Kurri and Craig Simpson 48 seconds apart. Messier made it 5-2 on a breakaway at 15:27.

Messier added his second goal of the game at 8:40 of the final period before Winnipeg’s Pat Elynuik scored twice in just over three minutes to bring the Jets within 6-4.

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The Winnipeg rally stalled when Paul Fenton drew a high-sticking major at 18:02 and Kurri scored into an empty net.

Washington 4, Pittsburgh 2--Mike Gartner and Michal Pivonka both scored in a 69-second span of the second period at Landover, Md., to help the Capitals end a four-game home losing streak.

Gartner’s 26th goal of the season at 12:19 tied the score, 2-2, and Pivonka followed with his fourth goal at 13:28. Dave Christian added his 28th of the season at 11:56 of the third period.

League scoring leader Mario Lemieux of the Penguins did not have a shot on goal and was held without a point for only the seventh game this season. Pittsburgh had just 21 shots against goaltender Don Beaupre, including only five in the third period.

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Washington had lost four straight at the Capital Centre and was 1-7-1 in its previous nine home games. Pittsburgh is 0-4-2 in its last six on the road and 1-5-2 in its last seven overall.

New Jersey 6, N.Y. Rangers 3--Brendan Shanahan scored two power-play goals and the Devils scored four times in the opening 11:15 of the game to win at East Rutherford, N.J., and end their eight-game winless streak.

The Devils fell from five points behind fourth-place Philadelphia to 13 back during the 0-6-2 skid. Now, they trail the Flyers by 10 points with 14 games left.


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