MONTREAL (AP) _ Michel Goulet scored four times and assisted on two other goals to lead the Quebec Nordiques to an 8-6 shootout decision over the Montreal Canadiens in NHL action Monday night.
Quebec moved three points ahead of second-place Montreal, its archrival, in the Adams Division standings. Each team has eight games remaining.
Goulet snapped a 4-4 tie 12 seconds into the third period with his third goal of the night, a virtual gift from Canadiens starting goaltender Patrick Roy. Dale Hunter cleared the puck into Montreal’s end and it bounced in front of the net, where Roy kicked it onto Goulet’s stick. The Nordiques’ left wing sent home a wrist shot for his 52nd goal.
Goulet’s fourth goal made it 6-4 when he put his own rebound over Roy at 5:43. Alain Cote followed with his 11th goal of the season at 7:54 before Doug Soetaert replaced Roy, who faced 23 shots, in the Canadiens net.
Cote’s second goal at 10:04, made it 8-4 before Stephane Richer connected for his second goal of the game for the Canadiens. Richer followed with his third goal for the rookie’s first hat-trick with 12 seconds left in the game to round out the scoring.
The Canadiens had a 3-0 first period lead on goals by Rick Green, Bob Gainey and Richer. But the Nordiques rallied to tie it with 4:59 left in the opening period.
Goulet set up Steve Patrick and Jean-Francois Sauve before his first of the game tied it at 15:01.
Chris Nilan gave Montreal the lead shortly after, but Goulet tied it in the second period with his 50th goal, marking the fourth consecutive year he has scored 50 or more goals.
The Nordiques now have won six and lost two in their eight regular-season versions of the Battle of Quebec.