Falling to your archrival nearly every time you meet is devastating, so that big sigh of relief emanating from Quebec is understandable.
"We knew going in that we've had so much trouble with them in the past," said Owen Nolan, who scored twice to increase his league-leading goal total to 29 in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. "We proved tonight that if we want to pay the price, we can beat them."The Nordiques had lost 10 of 12 to the Canadiens since winning the first two games of a playoff series in 1993. That included a 6-5 defeat Wednesday night in Montreal. But Quebec has the best home record in the league, 14-1-3. Montreal is 3-15-2 on the road.
"We talked this morning about not starting to panic and continuing to play with emotion when we have the lead," coach Marc Crawford said. "We kept up a consistent effort, so it was more the style than the fact we won that was particularly pleasing."
Kings 3, Stars 2
At Los Angeles, Dan Quinn kept up his hot streak with the winning goal, giving him eight goals in 13 games. Kelly Hrudey made 44 saves for the Kings, who also got goals from Wayne Gretzky and John Druce.
The Kings lost right wing Tony Granato, who broke his left foot when hit by a shot. He's expected to miss 3-5 weeks.
Flyers 5, Lightning 4
At Philadelphia, Ron Hextall got angry, and it got the Flyers going. After Tampa Bay took a 2-0 edge, the goalie smashed his stick on the right goalpost and again on the ice. "He got my attention," Philadelphia coach Terry Murray said. "Now I know why they call him, `Psycho."'
The Flyers stormed back, led by six points from Eric Lindros' line.
Sabres 1, Bruins 1
At Boston, Yuri Khmylev scored on a Buffalo power play midway through the first period, and Boston's Cam Neely tied it in the second period. Boston outshot Buffalo 36-23, but Sabre goalie Dominik Hasek many big saves.