North Stars 4, Black Hawks 1
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) _ Steve Payne’s two goals helped Minnesota break an eight-game losing slump as the North Stars defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4-1 in a National Hockey League game Friday night.
The North Stars are now 1-7-1 in their last nine games. The victory was their first since Feb. 2.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead at 1:49 of the first period when Curt Giles and Dirk Graham executed a two-on-one break. Giles carried the puck up the ice past Graham and then took a return pass at the side of the net, tapping it past goalie Darren Pang, who was making his NHL debut.
Payne gave the North Stars a 2-0 lead at 17:23 of the first period by deflecting in Brian Bellows’ shot.
Ed Olczyk beat Minnesota goalie Don Beaupre at 6:51 of the second period with a short-handed goal to rally the Black Hawks within 2-1. Olczyk took a pass from Rick Paterson and walked in alone to beat Beaupre.
Minnesota pulled ahead 3-1 just 23 seconds later when Payne scored his 23rd goal of the season on a power play after taking a pass from Keith Acton.
The North Stars scored their final goal at 2:26 of the third period. Dennis Maruk took the puck away from a Chicago defenseman from behind the net and centered it out in front to Bo Berglund, who scored. The goal was Berglund’s fifth of the season and his first since Nov. 6, when he was with Quebec.