For more than 59 minutes, the Boston Bruins thoroughly outplayed the Dallas Stars.
It was the final minute that killed them.
Guy Carbonneau's goal with 4.4 seconds left capped a three-goal flurry in the final 49 seconds as the Stars took advantage of a Bruin letdown for a stunning 6-5 comeback victory at Dallas.
"We were down, but we never hung our heads," said Star defenseman Kevin Hatcher, whose rebound goal with 49 seconds to play triggered the last-minute comeback from a 5-3 deficit.
Mike Modano's goal with 16 seconds left pulled the Stars even at 5-5.
Carbonneau then notched the game-winner, converting Mike Kennedy's pass from behind the net.
St. Louis 4, Colorado 1--Grant Fuhr stopped 39 of 40 shots and Brian Noonan matched his career high with four points at St. Louis.
Hartford 3, Chicago 2--Whaler forward Steven Rice scored on a slap shot from the left circle with 2:40 left to cap a comeback victory at Hartford.
Philadelphia 3, New York Islanders 0--Mikael Renberg's goal at 8:02 of the third period broke a scoreless tie, and Dominic Roussel stopped 19 shots for his fifth career shutout at Uniondale, N.Y.
Washington 2, Tampa Bay 0--Jim Carey stopped 21 shots for his fifth career shutout and Kelly Miller scored a short-handed goal at Landover, Md.
New Jersey 4, Montreal 1--Devil goaltender Martin Brodeur made 40 saves and Neal Broten, Denis Pederson, Randy McKay and John MacLean had goals for the Devils at Montreal.
Vancouver 7, San Jose 6--Alexander Mogilny scored three times as the Canucks got their first victory of the season over the still-winless Sharks at San Jose.
New York Rangers 2, Toronto 0--Rookie Niklas Sundstrom scored both goals in the third period at Toronto.