Defenseman James Patrick ended a tie with a power-play goal in the third period, triggering the New York Rangers to a victory over the Quebec Nordiques.

The Nordiques, who were an early-season surprise after finishing with the worst record in the NHL last season, lost their third straight. In facing the Rangers they ran into a team which is playing superbly, with victories in nine of its last 10 games.Brian Mullen's goal at 7:18 of the second period erased Joe Sakic's eighth goal for Quebec four minutes earlier, leaving New York in a 1-1 tie entering the third period.

With the Nordiques' Claude Loiselle serving an interference penalty he was asssesed near the end of the second period, Patrick required only 15 seconds of the third period to produce the go-ahead goal.

Nordiques goaltender Ron Tugnutt was unable to retain the rebound of Patrick's long slap shot. The Rangers' defenseman recovered the puck at the side of the Nordiques' net, circled the goal and attempted to pass the puck into the slot. The puck glanced off the stick of Quebec defenseman Michel Petit and got beyond Tugnutt.

The Rangers continued to press after the goal and their persistance resulted in Jan Erixon's first goal of the season, at 9:02. Positioned about 10 feet in front of Tugnutt, Erixon slapped at the puck as soon as Mullen passed it from the corner.

Mark Janssens thwarted any comeback bid with his goal at 16:50.

Ahead 1-0 on Sakic's power-play goal at 3:26 of the second period, the Nordiques came within a whisker of adding to the margin moments later. Guy Lafleur engineered the play, a 2-on-1 break, as he slipped the puck to Shawn Anderson in the slot, but Anderson's shot hit the goal post.

Bruins 5, Blackhawks 4

At Boston, Randy Burridge scored his second goal of the game with 1:55 remaining as the Boston Bruins overcame a three-goal deficit with five third-period goals for a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Burridge capped Boston's comeback when he banged Cam Neely's rebound past Jacques Cloutier.

Canucks 4, Whalers 2

At Hartford, Conn., Trevor Linden scored twice and rookie Troy Gamble blocked 40 shots as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Hartford Whalers.

Linden scored twice in the second period to give the Canucks a 4-1 lead. He scored at 3:09 of the first period on a wrist shot from 20 feet out in the slot and on a 5-foot backhander with 49 seconds left in the period.

Islanders 5, Flyers 2

At Uniondale, N.Y., Pat LaFontaine recorded his seventh career hat trick and goalie George Maneluk, starting his first NHL game, stopped 25 shots as the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers.

All three of LaFontaine's goals came on the power play as the Islanders scored on four of their nine man-advantages to break a four-game losing streak, during which they were outscored 23-7.

Flames 9, Capitals 4

At Calgary, Alberta, Joe Nieuwendyk scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Calgary Flames to a victory over the Washington Capitals.

The victory moved the Flames past the Los Angeles Kings and into first place in the NHL Smythe Division.

Devils 7, Penguins 5

At East Rutherford, N.J., Laurie Boschman and John MacLean scored goals within 31 seconds of each other early in the third period to help New Jersey to a victory over Pittsburgh and extend the Devils' home-ice unbeaten streak to eight games this season.

Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 1

At Toronto, Pierre Turgeon and Dale Hawerchuk scored third-period goals to give the Buffalo Sabres a victory over the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs.

Daren Puppa made 34 saves for his first goaltending victory of the season as the Sabres, 2-5-3, continued to show signs of improvement after going winless in their first seven games.