There was jubilation in Toronto Saturday night as the Maple Leafs rallied for four goals in the last 10 minutes to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 6-5, and keep their National Hockey League playoff hopes alive.
With Ed Olczyk scoring two of his three goals in the late rush, the Maple Leafs moved within two points of the fourth-place Chicago Blackhawks in the Norris Division.
The Maple Leafs have three games remaining, the Blackhawks four. The teams meet in the final game of the season April 2.
Despite the loss, the Red Wings moved closer to clinching the Norris title. With St. Louis losing, the Red Wings need only one more point to win the division.
Minnesota 1, Montreal 1--Former King defenseman Larry Murphy scored on a power play with 1:57 left in regulation at Montreal to give the North Stars a tie.
Murphy’s 10th goal put the North Stars just two points behind St. Louis in the race for second place in the Norris Division. The team that finishes second gets home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The tie gave Montreal a 110-109 lead over the Calgary Flames in the bid for the best overall record.
Philadelphia 6, New York Rangers 1--In the last two nights, the Flyers have virtually assured the Washington Capitals the title in the Patrick Division.
Friday night, the Flyers played poorly and lost to the Capitals. But they returned home to play one of their best games in a long time. Dave Poulin scored twice for the Flyers.
With only five games to play, the Capitals lead the Rangers by six points.
Boston 6, Chicago 3--Ken Linseman scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:17 left at Boston as the Bruins moved within a point of clinching second place in the Adams Division.
The Bruins weren’t assured of the win until Ray Bourque scored into an empty net with 28 seconds left. Chris Janney completed the scoring with his second goal.
Hartford 4, St. Louis 0--Rookie goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz stopped 29 shots at Hartford, Conn., for his fourth shutout to keep the Whalers in the battle for third place in the Adams Division.
The Whalers trail the third-place Buffalo Sabres by only two points and have four games left.
Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 4--Mario Lemieux had a hat trick as the Penguins bounced back from a 3-0 deficit. Lemieux’s final goal, his 77th of the season, came with just five seconds remaining at Pittsburgh.
Quebec 4, Buffalo 1--Goaltender Ron Tugnutt stopped 30 shots at Quebec, and the Nordiques built a 4-0 second-period lead.