Glen Sather's return as coach of the Edmonton Oilers had an immediate impact on a team that had only one victory in its last 21 games.
Doug Weight and Shayne Corson scored as the Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, Saturday night at Edmonton.
"They listened, they paid attention and they worked hard," Sather said. "They did all the things I asked them to do."
Sather had coached the Oilers for 10 years during their glory days in the 1980s, when the Oilers won four Stanley Cup championships in five years.
Sather, the team's president and general manager, took over as coach on Thursday, moving Ted Green into an advisory capacity. The Oilers' record had dropped to 3-18-3, their worst start since they joined the NHL in 1979-80.
Trevor Linden's slap shot tied the score for the Canucks at 11:14 of the third period. But the Oilers regained the lead within 74 seconds on Corson's 11th goal, then held on behind the goaltending of Bill Ranford, who stopped 32 of 33 shots.
New York Islanders 6, New York Rangers 4--Steve Thomas had his sixth career hat trick at Uniondale, N.Y., as the Islanders ended the Rangers' 14-game unbeaten streak.
The Rangers have not won at Nassau Coliseum in 15 games.
Toronto 4, Boston 2--Wendel Clark scored his league-leading 23rd goal in his 23rd game to lift the Maple Leafs at Toronto.
The victory was the fifth in six games for the Maple Leafs, the NHL's leader with a 17-4-4 record for 38 points.
Philadelphia 4, Tampa Bay 3--Kevin Dineen's goal 34 seconds into overtime gave the Flyers the victory at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Rod Brind'Amour carried the puck to the right of the Lightning net and shoveled a pass in front to Dineen, who tipped it inside the right post.
Detroit 10, Dallas 4--Mike Sillinger and Sergei Fedorov each scored two goals at Detroit as the Red Wings (10-10-2) reached the .500 mark for the first time since the opening week of the season.
Hartford 4, Florida 0--Jeff Reese stopped 31 shots at Hartford, Conn., for the fourth shutout of his career, and Michael Nylander and Robert Kron each had a goal and an assist for the Whalers.
Quebec 2, Buffalo 2--Mike Ricci scored off a rebound with 3:52 to play, capping a two-goal Nordique comeback at Quebec.
Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 2--Jaromir Jagr scored with 2:30 left in the third period to give the Penguins the tie at Pittsburgh.
Rookie Darrin Madeley made 47 saves for the Senators.