Chicago's Steve Larmer, who can expect a payday next week, Thursday night cost Washington a chance to steal a point or two on the road.
Larmer scored two goals, including the fastest overtime goal in club history, leading the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.Scheduled for salary arbitration in the next week, Larmer continued to make a good case for himself by increasing his season's goal total to nine, second only to the 13 of St. Louis' Brett Hull.
"Sure, I look at numbers, but we'll wait and see what happens," said Larmer, who earned $265,000 last season. "My job is to play hockey. My contract is in the hands of my agent (Larry Kelly), and I have complete confidence in him."
Larmer intercepted Rod Langway's ill-advised clearing pass, then rifled a 30-footer over the left shoulder of goalie Don Beaupre eight seconds into the extra session. The former club mark was 18 seconds by Doug Wilson on Nov. 2, 1989.
"I was lucky," said Larmer, who is on a pace to eclipse his career highs of 46 goals and 90 points. "(Langway) doesn't do that often."
"It was a helluva shot," said Chicago Coach Mike Keenan. "He's played very strongly. He had a big impact on the outcome tonight."
The Blackhawks fought back from their second one-goal deficit at 5:53 of the third period when Chris Chelios slammed a short rebound of Wayne Presley's shot.
Blues 8, Maple Leafs 5
At St. Louis, Brett Hull scored his second hat trick in as many nights and Ron Wilson added two goals, helping the Blues stretch their unbeaten streak to five with back-to-back victories over Toronto. The Leafs are off to the worst start in franchise history with a 1-9-1 record.
Bruins 4, Canucks 2
At Boston, winger Dave Christian and defenseman Jim Wiemer scored just more than three minutes apart in the second period, helping the Bruins snap a four-game slide. Boston, outscored 26-4 in its last four games, posted its first win since a 4-2 victory Oct. 10 in Winnipeg.
Devils 5, Sabres 1
At East Rutherford, N.J., Kirk Muller scored one goal and added two assists, helping the Devils remain undefeated at home at 6-0-1. Troy Crowder put New Jersey ahead with a shot just under the crossbar behind goalkeeper Clint Malarchuk at 19:07. Rick Vaive scored a power-play goal for Buffalo.
Penguins 6, Nordiques 3
At Pittsburgh, Kevin Stevens scored three goals for his second career hat trick, helping the Penguins snap a four-game winless streak. Quebec goalie John Tanner was replaced by Ron Tugnutt after surrendering goals on Pittsburgh's first three shots.
Flames 4, Oilers 2
At Calgary, Doug Gilmour's short-handed goal at 19:16 of the second period broke a tie and lifted the Flames. Gilmour was sent in alone on a breakaway by Tim Sweeney, who stole the puck at the Edmonton blue line and fed a behind-the-back pass to Gilmour.