EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Second-period goals by defensemen Steve Smith and Kevin Lowe carried the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 NHL victory over the Quebec Nordiques Wednesday night.

Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr stopped several good chances by Quebec early and once Edmonton, the highest-scoring team in the league again this season, got untracked, the Nordiques couldn't keep pace.

Smith scored on a power play and Lowe connected midway through the second period.

Defenseman Jeff Brown scored on a power play late in the second period for Quebec before Mark Messier and Kevin McClelland scored in the third period for the Oilers.

The win was Edmonton's sixth straight at home.

''I saw Christmas coming up and I didn't want to go until Christmas,'' Lowe said of his first goal of the season. ''My job isn't to score goals.''

Lowe's goal came just minutes after Smith had opened the scoring on a power play in the 10th minute of the second period, deflecting a perfect goalmouth pass from Wayne Gretzky.

''It was a great feeling to be open in the slot looking at an empty net,'' Smith said. ''I know what Jari (Kurri) and Esa (Tikkanen) have seen a few times through the years.''

The Nordiques, now 0-3 on their current road trip, had all the early scoring chances but couldn't beat Fuhr.

''That was definitely the difference between winning and losing,'' Lowe said of Fuhr's play. ''Grant's done it over and over again so many times when we are flat.''