The Boston Bruins will probably finish second in the Adams Division, but they may go into Stanley Cup competition as the sharpest team in the National Hockey League.
In midseason, injuries all but decimated the Bruins. But everyone is finally healthy, the Bruins have two good goaltenders and the team is on a roll.
Garry Galley and Greg Johnston scored the goals and Reggie Lemelin did the goaltending and the Bruins beat the New York Islanders, 2-1, Tuesday night at Uniondale, N.Y., to extend their unbeaten string to nine games (8-0-1). Lemelin stopped 23 shots and extended his unbeaten string to nine games.
Sunday night at New York, Andy Moog shut out the Rangers, stopping 41 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens, with just 12 games remaining, led the Bruins by 23 points.
Philadelphia 4, Edmonton 4--Jimmy Carson and Jari Kurri scored late in the second period at Philadelphia to bring the Oilers from behind.
Minnesota 5, Detroit 3--The North Stars, losers of four in a row to the Red Wings, scored twice in the first 92 seconds at Bloomington, Minn., and went on to beat the Norris Division leaders.
Don Barber and defenseman Bob Brooke scored the early goals.
St. Louis 6, New Jersey 2--The Blues scored four times in the first period at St. Louis and coasted to victory.
Toronto 6, Quebec 4--Rookie Dan Marois had a hat trick at Quebec to help the Maple Leafs keep their faint playoff hopes alive.
Calgary 9, Winnipeg 5--Mark Hunter had three goals at Calgary and the Flames regained the overall point lead over Montreal, 98-97.