The Canucks and the Flames took off the gloves Sunday afternoon, but it was Vancouver's power play that packed the most punch.
In a game that featured 13 major fighting penalties and over 160 penalty minutes, Vancouver tied a club record with six power-play goals en route to an 11-0 thrashing of Smythe Division rival Calgary.Sergio Momesso scored twice and notched two assists for the division leaders, who have dropped just one of their last seven games (5-1-1).
The Flames, fifth in the Smythe, dropped their third straight. Trevor Linden and Garry Valk each netted two goals for the Canucks in their biggest margin of victory to date. Vancouver downed Winnipeg by eight in March 1981.
The Canucks scored three goals in the first and four in the second, chasing Mike Vernon from the Calgary net. The Canucks, however, did not discriminate agains replacement Jeff Reese, bombing him for four more in the third. Vancouver, who scored nine goals on its first 19 shots had 28 on the game.
Bruins 4, Capitals 1
At Landover, Md., Adam Oates and Bobby Carpenter scored :34 apart midway through the third period to lead Boston over Washington. Barry Pederson and Dave Poulin also scored for the Bruins, who won for just the second time in their last eight road outings.
Oilers 4, Jets 2
At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Low-scoring defenseman Norm MacIver scored his sixth goal this season and added two assists to pace surging Edmonton over slumping Winnipeg. The Oilers' victory was their fourth straight and 11th in their last 14 games. Jets defenseman Teppo Numminen notced two assists.
Flyers 1, Sharks 0
At Daly City, Calif. Ron Hextall stopped 30 shots to notch his third shutout of the season and Mark Freer scored the game's only goal to lead Philadelphia by San Jose. Hextall's gem was Philadelphia's fourth shutout this season - its most since 1986-87.
Maple Leafs 6, Minnesota 2
At Toronto, Joe Sacco scored a pair of goals set up by Glenn Anderson to lead the Maple Leafs against the North Stars in a Norris Division matchup. Toronto, which moved within five points of Minnesota for the fourth and final division playoff spot, is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games. Doug Gilmour added two assists.The North Stars have dropped seven of their last eight.
Blackhawks 3, Sabres 1
At Chicago, Rob Brown notched a goal and two assists and Jeremy Roenick scored his 47th of the season to lead the Blackhawks over Buffalo. The Blackhawks, who moved into a second-place tie with idle St. Louis in the Norris Division, won just their second in eight road games. The Sabres have won just three of their last 11 (3-8).
Rangers 9, Whalers 4
At New York, Paul Broten collected his first career hat trick and Sergei Nemchinov notched two goals and an assist to lead the Rangers past Hartford.