With a little more than five minutes to play in the Philadelphia Flyers' final home game of the season, what was left of the Spectrum sellout crowd of 17,382 was chanting, "Jay must go."
Their displeasure, directed at team president Jay Snider, the owner's son, was a result of Philadelphia's 3-0 loss to the Washington Capitals Thursday night, a defeat that knocked the Flyers out of the playoffs for the second straight season.The triumph gave playoff berths to both Washington and the idle New Jersey Devils.
Don Beaupre stopped 21 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, and second against Philadelphia, and Kevin Hatcher, John Druce and Mike Ridley scored for Washington.
Kings 6, North Stars 5
At Inglewood, Calif., Wayne Gretzky scored his 718th career goal and added an assist, as Los Angeles held on to a victory over Minnesota and claimed a club-record 26th win at home. Los Angeles has at least tied for a divisional title and can clinch for the first time in its 24-year history if the Flames tie or lose Friday at Edmonton.
Flames 4, Oilers 4
At Calgary, Joe Murphy scored his second goal of the game at 3:26 of the third period to force a tie. Murphy took Mark Messier's lead pass and snapped a 30-foot shot past goaltender Mike Vernon. The goal capped an Edmonton comeback after Calgary scored four straight goals in the opening period.
Blackhawks 5, Maple Leafs 3
At Chicago, Adam Creighton scored a tie-breaking power-play goal and Dave Manson added a pair of goals to lead the Blackhawks. With the victory, the Blackhawks moved within one point of claiming the President's Trophy for the best overall record in the NHL.
Blues 3, Islanders 0
At St. Louis, Brett Hull scored his league-leading 84th goal and Vincent Riendeau stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season to lead the Blues to their fifth straight win. The Blues entered the game trailing the Chicago Blackhawks by three points in the race for the Norris Division title.
Sabres 4, Nordiques 4
At Buffalo, N.Y., Rick Vaive scored a power-play goal with 9:15 left in the third period, giving the Buffalo Sabres the tie. Vaive tipped a 40-foot wrist shot by Ken Sutton past goaltender Jacques Cloutier for his 25th goal of the season. Stephane Morin and Owen Nolan had given Quebec with two goals within 26 seconds in the second period.
Cannucks 3, Jets 2
At Vancouver,Geoff Courtnall tipped in a shot at 1:49 of overtime to give the Canucks a comeback win.