Owen Nolan completed his second hat trick in three games by scoring the go-ahead goal at 4:40 of the third period, lifting the Quebec Nordiques to a 7-5 triumph over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday in Quebec.
Nolan, who took over the NHL lead in goals with 27, has three hat tricks this season, one of which came Thursday night against the Rangers in New York. He has seven three-goal games in his career.The loss was the seventh straight for the Senators, who had rallied from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the second period. They were routed 11-4 by Quebec in Ottawa last Sunday night.
Nolan scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period after Bob Bassen faked a shot that sent Ottawa goaltender Don Beaupre to the ice, leaving an empty net for Nolan.
Panthers 4, Lightning 1
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jody Hull, Dave Lowry and Bill Lindsay scored third-period goals as the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1.
Hull put his own rebound high past goaltender Daren Puppa at 9:31 for the game-winner, his seventh goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Lowry pounced on a loose puck after a giveaway by defenseman Enrico Ciccone and backhanded a shot past Puppa to give Florida a two-goal lead.
Lindsay added an empty-net goal, his seventh, at 19:33.
Florida improved to 14-16-4 as they battled the New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They began the day one point behind the Rangers.
Stars 2, Blackhawks 1
At Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick suffered a knee injury and Chicago lost 2-1 to the Dallas Stars, who got 29 saves from goalie Mike Torchia in his NHL debut.
Mike Donnelly scored the tiebreaking goal 10:52 left for the Stars, who snapped a four-game road losing streak. But the game was overshadowed by the injury to Roenick, who averaged 50 goals and 106 points as Chicago's top scorer in each of the last three seasons.
Chicago, which boasts the NHL's top power play, was held scoreless in seven man-advantage situations. The Stars' final shorthanded stand, late in the third period, preserved Dallas' victory.
Capitals 2, Bruins 1
At Landover, Md., Kelly Miller scored the go-ahead goal with 2:01 left and rookie Jim Carey stopped 25 shots as the surging Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1.
Miller took a pass from Dale Hunter in the left circle, skated in and put a backhander through the pads of goalie Blaine Lacher from the top of the crease.
Alexei Kasatonov's first goal of the season with 8:35 to go tied the game and ruined Carey's bid for his fourth shutout. But Washington rebounded to win its third straight and sixth in its last eight games (6-1-1).
Carey has started every game since being called up from the minors on March 2, going 12-2-2 with a 1.73 goals-against average. He turned aside 19 shots before Kasatonov scored from the slot after taking a centering pass from Adam Oates.
Flyers 4, Rangers 2
At Philadelphia, Eric Lindros had two goals and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 4-2.
Lindros' second goal of the game, at 11:23 of the third period, gave the Flyers some breathing room. Lindros, on a 3-on-2 with Mikael Renberg and John LeClair, took a pass from Renberg in the slot and ripped off a wrist shot for his 22nd goal of the season.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia, which was 1-4-1 in its previous six contests. New York, after ending a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Boston on Saturday, is 1-8 in its last nine games.
Blues 3, Red Wings 3
At Detroit, Todd Elik's first goal with St. Louis helped the Blues overcome an early 2-0 deficit to tie the Detroit Red Wings 3-3.
Elik, acquired by the Blues in a March 23 trade for Kevin Miller, tipped a shot by teammate Dennis Chasse past Detroit's Mike Vernon during a scramble to forge the tie.
The result ended four-game winning streaks for both teams. Detroit (10-1-2) remained eight points ahead of third-place St. Louis atop the Central Division standings.
Brett Hull had a goal and an assist for the Blues, the last team to beat the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Jon Casey, making just his fourth start in goal for the Blues, made 27 saves while Detroit's Mike Vernon stopped 31 shots.