Butch Goring, Mike Bossy and Bob Nystrom each scored a goal and had an assist in Uniondale, N.Y., last night as the New York Islanders handed the Los Angeles Kings their first loss of the season, 4-1. The game marked the first time a native of the Soviet Union has played in the National Hockey League.
Victor Nechaev, 27, who was born in Kuyvichevki-Voftochany, Siberia, entered the game for Los Angeles four minutes into the first period. He quickly put a hard 40-foot shot on the net that was stopped by Islanders goalie Roland Melanson.
Nechaev, a center, was called up by the Kings from their New Haven farm club Friday night after scoring a goal and two assists for the American Hockey League Nighthawks. He took a regular shift, but did not score.
He went to school last year in Canada and did not play hockey. He was dismissed by the Red Army team after applying for a passport to Canada to join his wife, who currently attends Yale University in New Haven.
Nechaev was drafted in the seventh round (137th overall) by the Kings last year.
"It was a little difficult for him," said winger Daryl Evans. "It was his first game and against the Islanders. We're not too used to his style, either. He handled it well and he's sure gonna get better. He didn't even make this morning's practice, so we were literally introduced to each other on the ice."
New York extended its unbeaten streak at home to 25 games, dating back to Dec. 29, 1981. The victory was the Islanders' fifth straight since an opening-night loss to Vancouver.