Doug Crossman scored at 2:43 of overtime Saturday night at Toronto to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 6-5 victory and enable them to remain one point ahead of the Washington Capitals in the hot Patrick Division race.
It was not an auspicious Flyer debut for Glenn Resch. The veteran netminder, making his first appearance since the Flyers made a deal for him with New Jersey last Tuesday, was given a 5-3 lead in the second period.
But the Maple Leafs fought back. Gary Nylund's 55-footer cut the lead to a goal, and Dan Daoust batted in a rebound in the closing seconds of the second period.
Resch gave up five goals on 12 shots, and Bob Froese took over for the third period. Froese held the Leafs scoreless, and Crossman's wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle made him a winner.
Washington 5, St. Louis 4--Mike Gartner scored three goals at St. Louis as the Capitals stayed in hot pursuit of the Flyers.
Gartner's 11th hat trick set a club record. Dennis Maruk held the record of 10.
Hartford 11, Chicago 4--Whaler goalie Mike Liut collided with the Blackhawks' Jack O'Callahan 80 seconds after the opening faceoff at Hartford, Conn., and was cut by a skate, forcing him to leave the game.
The Whalers made it easy for Liut's replacement, Steve Weeks. Kevin Dineen, with two goals and three assists, led the Whalers' best offensive display of the season.
Pittsburgh 2, New York Rangers 2--Mario Lemieux scored his 45th goal and assisted on his team's other goal as the Penguins came from behind at Pittsburgh to tie the Rangers and remain a point ahead of the Rangers in their playoff battle.
New York Islanders 3, New Jersey 1--The two newest Islanders were the key players at Uniondale, N.Y., in a win that eliminated the Devils from the playoffs.
Richard Kromm, in his third game with New York, scored his first goal, and Steve Konroyd had two assists. Both were obtained from Calgary last Tuesday.
Vancouver 1, Boston 1--Goalie Wendell Young stopped 42 shots at Boston but had to settle for a tie when the Bruins' Dave Reid scored on a power play early in the third period. Young stopped seven Boston shots, three from point-blank range in the five-minute overtime.
Quebec 3, Minnesota 2--The Nordiques built a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the game at Quebec, then barely lasted for the victory.
Calgary 5, Montreal 3--Rookie defenseman Gary Suter scored the winning goal and set up two others at Montreal to lead the Flames.
The loss cut the Canadiens' lead in the Adams Division to one point over Quebec.