Red Wings 4, Nordiques 4
QUEBEC (AP) _ Ray Sheppard’s breakaway goal at 14:35 of the third period enabled the Detroit Red Wings to earn a 4-4 tie with the Quebec Nordiques on Saturday night.
Sheppard, whose best season was in 1987-88, when he scored 38 goals for Buffalo, gave the Red Wings a tie with his 35th only 45 seconds after Quebec had taken the lead on a goal by defenseman Randy Velischek.
At that point, Quebec coach Pierre Page called a timeout, but the strategy backfired when Sheppard gathered in a pass after slipping behind Quebec defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn. His close-range wrist shot went in over the glove of goaltender John Tanner.
The Red Wings, who had trailed 2-0 and 3-1, finally pulled into a 3-3 tie when Quebec was caught on a partial line change.
Wings defenseman Yves Racine delivered a pass to Gerard Gallant, who slipped between two defenders at the Quebec blue line, skated in alone on Tanner and unleashed a wrist shot.
Defenseman Niklas Lidstrom had two goals for Detroit. Owen Nolan, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin had scored ahead of the Velischek goal for the Nordiques.
It was the 30th goal for Sundin, who had set a team record with five goals against Hartford on Thursday night.
Fresh off their first road victory of the season Thursday night, the Nordiques seemed to carry some of that momentum in the opening period. They were helped by a two-man advantage, with one of the penalties a major to Detroit defenseman Brad McCrimmon, who was ejected for high-sticking Valeri Kamensky in the face.
The double manpower advantage resulted in Nolan’s goal, his 35th. Less than three minutes later, Sakic scored, as Racine inadvertently pushed the puck into his own net.
Lidstrom, a strong rookie-of-the-year candidate, beat Tanner on a screened shot at 14:22 and did likewise only 49 seconds after Sundin had provided Quebec with a 3-1 margin.
Tanner faulted himself for Sheppard’s goal.
″Maybe I should have stopped him,″ said Tanner. ″That’s the second game in a row I haven’t been particularly sharp.
″You can’t be going up by a goal and then lose the lead 30 seconds later.″
For Detroit coach Bryan Murray, the final score was a relief.
″It turned out pretty well for us, especially since we had to scramble all game,″ he said. ″We got into penalty trouble early and they had us 2-0 before we could get going.″
The Nordiques completed a minor trade Saturday, obtaining center Murray Garbutt from the San Jose Sharks for forward Don Barber. Garbutt had two goals and six assists in 25 games with Kansas City of the International League, while Barber produced 22 points, including 12 goals, in 26 games with Quebec’s American Hockey League affiliate in Halifax.