Washington's Bobby Carpenter became the first American to score 50 goals in an NHL season, but the Montreal Canadiens got a goal from Guy Carbonneau with 5:42 remaining to beat the Capitals, 3-2, Thursday night at Montreal.
Carpenter, who set up Mike Gartner for the Capitals' other goal, whipped a wrist shot past Montreal goaltender Steve Penney at 15:24 of the second period during a Washington power play for his 50th goal. The previous season-high by an American was 41, set last season by Joe Mullen of the St. Louis Blues.
Quebec 5, N.Y. Islanders 1--Michel Goulet scored his 49th goal of the season, one of three unassisted goals the Nordiques got in trouncing the Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y.
The victory left Quebec and Montreal tied with 81 points atop the Adams Division after 71 games, but the Nordiques have 36 victories to Montreal's 35. The Nordiques are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games.