Canadiens 5, North Stars 2
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) _ Mats Naslund snapped a 2-2 tie midway through the second period with his 31st goal of the season Thursday night, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 National Hockey League victory over the Minnesota North Stars.
The victory enabled Montreal to stay one point ahead of second-place Quebec in the Adams Division race. Montreal has a 26-17-5 record and 57 points.
Minnesota fell to 18-21-8.
Nine minutes into the second period, Naslund, Guy Carbonneau and Kjell Dahlin broke into Minnesota’s zone in a 3-on-2 break. Dahlin fed Naslund, and Naslund slid the puck over to Carbonneau, who quickly slipped the puck back to Naslund for the goal.
Naslund also has 44 assists this season, and his 75 points ties him with Edmonton’s Paul Coffey for third in the NHL scoring race.
Montreal added a third-period goal by Bob Gainey, and Randy Bucyk scored his second goal of the game into an empty net to clinch the victory.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, with Bucyk trading goals with Minnesota’s Neal Broten. In the second period, Brian Walter scored a power-play goal for Montreal and Brian Bellows answered with a tally for Minnesota.
Doug Soetaert made 28 saves in goal for the Canadiens, while Jon Casey stopped 25 shots for Minnesota.
Linesman Wayne Forsey left the game with 6:21 to play after he was hit in the head with a puck. His condition was unknown.