EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils won their third straight game, matching the best start in franchise history, as Pat Conacher and Scott Stevens scored 1 minute, 38 seconds apart late in the third period last night for a 6-5 victory over the Quebec Nordiques.
New Jersey, which has a losing record against every active franchise except the expansion San Jose Sharks, also started 3-0-0 in 1985-86 and 1986-87.
Quebec, which was outshot, 43-24, managed to take a 5-4 lead at 9:57 of the final period when Greg Paslawski put a rebound past Chris Terreri. But Conacher tied the game with 6:41 to play by putting Doug Brown's pass behind goalie Ron Tugnutt.
A little more than a minute later, Claude Lemieux broke into the Nordiques zone but was stopped by Tugnutt.