NHL ROUNDUP : Defensively, Canadiens Are a Winner

The Montreal Canadiens have the stingiest defense in the NHL. It is probably no coincidence that they are tied for the most points.

Guy Carbonneau scored two goals and set up another Wednesday night at Montreal to lead the Canadiens to a 6-1 romp over injury-riddled Winnipeg.

It was the fifth victory in a row for the Adams Division leaders, and it improved their record to 9-3-1. Surprising Vancouver has the same record.

In Montreal’s winning streak, it has have yielded only four goals. In 13 games the Canadiens have given up only 20.


Goalie Patrick Roy stopped 22 shots, but lost his shutout when Pat Elynuik scored on a power play with 7:32 left.

The Jets, trounced Tuesday night at Quebec, are without goaltender Stephane Beauregard and four other regulars.

Roy was playing his 300th NHL game.

New Jersey 5, Calgary 2--Veteran Peter Stastny set up the go-ahead goal in the second period and scored another on his next shift as New Jersey handed the Flames their first home loss after three victories.


Stastny, 35, is the Devils’ scoring leader with seven goals and 12 assists in 13 games.

New Jersey, which has won four of its last five games, was outshot, 36-28.

St. Louis 2, Edmonton 2--The Blues managed only 18 shots in 65 minutes at Edmonton but rallied from a 2-0 deficit to get the tie.

After only three shots in the first period, St. Louis scored on a shot by Brett Hull in the middle of the second period. The Blues pulled even on Adam Oates’ third goal, with 6:35 left in regulation.

Detroit 3, Buffalo 1--Jimmy Carson had a goal and two assists, and goalie Tim Cheveldae stopped 21 shots.

The Red Wings shut down the Sabres new star, Pat LaFontaine, who was playing only his second game of the season.