Mike Bossy's power-play goal with 1:14 left gave the New York Islanders a controversial 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks last night.

Referee Dennis Morel whistled Vancouver's Harold Snepsts for tripping Clark Gillies with 1:22 remaining. On the next faceoff, the puck came to New York defenseman Denis Potvin at the left point. His long slap shot hit goalie Richard Brodeur and rebounded to Bossy.

"We got a break and took advantage," said Bossy, who also scored in the first period and has at least one goal in all six games he's played this season. "How many times do you see a penalty with a minute and a half left in a tie game? I was very surprised . . ."

Canucks Coach Roger Neilson called Morel "the only ref in the league who would call" a such a penalty late in a tie game. "Harold stepped to the blueline and Gillies went down. He may have tripped him, but it's not a call you make in that situation."

Vancouver's Dave Williams was ejected early in the first period after a stick-swinging duel with goalie Billy Smith of the Islanders.

The Islanders have won six straight and the Canucks have lost six straight.