The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets made a blockbuster deal in the off-season that sent center Dale Hawerchuk, one of the top offensive forces
NHLroundupin the game, from Winnipeg to Buffalo for three players, including defenseman Phil Housley, the heart of the team's power play, and top defensive forward Scott Arniel.
Hawerchuk was supposed to make Buffalo an NHL superpower, while the addition of Housley to an already formidable defensive core gave Winnipeg the fastest, most offensively dangerous set of defensemen in NHL history.
So far, however, the trade seems to have hurt both teams, who have only one win between them in 14 games. Winnipeg limped home Wednesday night after ending a lost road trip with their sixth straight defeat, a 5-3 shootout with the New York Rangers.
At New York, Winnipeg had pulled into a 3-3 tie before Darren Turcotte's power-play goal at 2:47 of the third period lifted New York to its fifth straight victory. Turcotte now has five goals in the season and a seven-game point-scoring streak, the longest in the league.
Canadiens 4, Sabres 3
At Buffalo, Mike Keane scored two goals and Denis Savard scored one and assisted on two to lead Montreal. Buffalo's 0-4-2 start is the worst in the team's 20-year history. All their games have been played against Adams Division teams.
It took Montreal, 4-2-1, just 34 seconds to take the lead. Sabre goalie Daren Puppa had turned away four successive shots and was out of his net cutting down the angles, but couldn't stop Brian Skrudland's shot from in front.
Whalers 3, Maple Leafs 1
At Toronto, Peter Sidorkiewicz stopped 30 of 31 shots for the second consecutive game and the Hartford Whalers made a pair of first-period power-play goals stand up. Sidorkiewicz remains unbeaten in six starts, with a 4-0-2 record.
Devils 3, Capitals 2
At East Rutherford, Kirk Muller scored with 5:54 remaining to lift the Devils to their fourth straight home victory. Muller's third goal of the season also preserved the Devils' unbeaten record at home - 4-0-1 - while handing Washington their third consecutive defeat.
Kings 5, North Stars 2
At Inglewood, Calif., Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky each struck for a goal and two assists to carry the Kings, who won their third game in a row. Los Angeles goaltender Daniel Berthiaume made 41 saves to stay undefeated in his three starts as his former teammates out-shot the Kings, 43-27. The North Stars lost their third straight on the road.
Canucks 3, Bruins 1
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Brian Bradley scored two goals in one minute, 13 seconds in the third period to power the Canucks. The Bruins, who have gone three games without a win, disputed the first of Bradley's goals, saying it came off a glove hand pass.