Ulf Dahlen isn't sure where he'll be playing next season, but he's making the most of this season with Minnesota.
Dahlen, a defensive specialist, scored two goals in the North Stars' 5-1 win Saturday over the league-leading Blackhawks."I'm not sure where I'll be playing next year," Dahlen said. "But I know I'll be playing somewhere. I've heard the rumors that I'm going to San Jose as part of the deal that kept the North Stars here but I haven't heard anything officially."
Dahlen reportedly will be part of the package that the new North Star ownership had to give George and Gordon Gund when they moved out of Minnesota to set up the expansion team.
"Whether I'm going or staying has been something that has bothered me," Dahlen said. "I haven't felt a part of ths team. They didn't give me much playing time early in the year and that caused me to lose some confidence. But I finally decided just to do my best whenever I got a chance."
He scored his first goal in the second period, and his second early in the third to help build a 4-0 lead. The loss ended the Blackhawks' two-game winning streak.
"We just couldn't get anything going," Chicago Coach Mike Keenan said. "I promise we'll be better tomorrow in Chicago."
The two clubs have a rematch in the Chicago Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Islanders 7, Nordiques 2
At Quebec, Pat LaFontaine had two goals and two assists and Brent Sutter scored twice as the New York Islanders rolled to a victory over the Quebec Nordiques.
David Volek and Pat Flatley both contributed a goal and two assists for the Islanders.
The only Nordiques to beat Islanders goaltender Glenn Healy were Tony Hrkac, scoring with 21 seconds to play in the second period, and Bryan Fogarty, with a third-period goal.
One of the few cheers from the subdued crowd came when defenseman Alexei Gusarov drew an assist on Hrkac's goal. Gusarov, a Soviet Union native who was Quebec's 11th selection in the 1988 entry draft, was playing in his first NHL game.
Red Wings 3, Flyers 1
At Philadelphia, Sergei Fedorov had a goal and two assists, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Detroit, which entered the game with only two wins on the road, has won seven of its last 11 games. Philadelphia has only one victory in its last seven contests (1-5-1) and is winless in its last four at home.
After a scoreless opening period, Detroit scored when Gerard Gallant picked up a rebound of a Fedorov shot and fired it past Ken Wregget at 10:56.
Steve Chiasson made it 2-0 in the third period when he took a pass from John Chabot in the slot and shot the puck past Wregget with 6:57 gone.
The Flyers narrowed the lead to 2-1 with 8:49 left. Terry Carkner's drive from the point eluded Glen Hanlon on a power play.
Whalers 3, Capitals 2
At Landover, Md., Todd Krygier scored once and assisted on two other goals to lead the Hartford Whalers to a victory over the Washington Capitals.
Puck-handling mistakes behind the Capitals' net resulted in two Hartford goals, Pat Verbeek's tally in the second period and Bobby Holik's goal early in the third.
Rookie goaltender Daryl Reaugh stopped 25 of Washington's 27 shots in his 14th NHL game, helping the Whalers bounce back after 5-1 and 8-2 consecutive losses to the Boston Bruins last week.
Jets 4, Canadiens 2
At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Winnipeg ended a 10-game winless streak as Phil Housley had a goal and two assists to lead the Jets to a victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Moe Mantha's goal at 8:17 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and Doug Evans added an insurance goal at 13:24 as the Jets won for the first time since Nov. 24. They had lost five games and tied five since an 11-4 win in Quebec.
Matt Schneider and Denis Savard scored for Montreal, which lost its second straight game and dropped to 16-15-3.
Blues 4, Maple Leafs 2
At Toronto, Dave Lowry's goal at 2:25 of the third period turned out to be the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues rolled to a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lowry chipped a Robert Dirk rebound between starter Peter Ing's pads to record his seventh goal of the season. Two minutes earlier, Brett Hull made it 2-2 when he intercepted a Dave Reid pass and ripped a slapshot past a fallen Ing. It was Hull's league-leading 31st goal of the season.
The Maple Leafs, stuck in last place in the National Hockey League, trail the Minnesota North Stars by nine points in the Norris Division. St. Louis is unbeaten in its last five games.
Trailing 1-0, the Maple Leafs tied the score at 1:35 of the second period.
St. Louis' Bob Bassen attempted to clear the puck but hit Maple Leafs defenseman Al Iafrate with the puck instead. Iafrate quickly turned the puck up ice and passed it to Vincent Damphousse, who, on a breakaway, poked his rebound between Curtis Joseph's pads.
The Blues scored the only goal of the first period. At 18:32, Ron Wilson dropped the puck in the neutral zone. Geoff Courtnall picked it up and let a wrist shot fly past Ing to the short side.
Mike Krushelnyski snapped a 1-1 tie to lift Toronto at 10:40 of the second period. Krushelnyski was knocked down in front of the net by Paul Cavallini, but managed to poke in a Wendel Clark pass while sitting on the ice.
Glen Featherstone added some insurance at 8:29 of the third when he hammered a slapshot from the point that beat a startled Ing to make it 4-2.
Bruins 1, Devils 1
At Boston, Veteran defenseman Lee Norwood's first goal as a Devil early in the second period lifted New Jersey into a tie with the Boston Bruins.
Norwood, who came to the Devils Nov. 27 in a trade with Detroit, fired a screened 40-footer past Boston goalie Andy Moog at 6:53.
The Bruins, seeking a fourth straight win, went ahead 1-0 at 6:36 of the first period on Cam Neely's power play goal, his 16th of the season.