Oleg Petrov's goal at 6:02 of the third period broke a tie and helped the revamped Montreal Canadiens snap a five-game winless streak by defeating the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, in Montreal Wednesday night.
The Canadiens' victory came only hours after Montreal traded star goaltender Patrick Roy and captain Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko.
Kovalenko and Rucinsky turned in fine performances, while Thibault served as backup to Pat Jablonski, who made 26 saves. It was Jablonski's first victory since Feb. 10, 1994, when he helped Tampa Bay beat Ottawa.
Chicago 5, New York Rangers 5--Pat Verbeek scored New York's fifth power-play goal of the game with 12:07 left in regulation and the Rangers, who Wednesday said they have picked up the $6 million option on veteran center Mark Messier for the 1995-96 season, extended their home unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Hartford 7, New York Islanders 4--Nelson Emerson scored two power-play goals within 71 seconds to lead the Whalers to victory in Hartford.