Mike Bossy's 70-foot slap shot with 3:43 left beat goalie Pete Peeters and gave the New York Islanders a 1-1 tie with the Bruins last night in Boston.
Taking a pass from Bryan Trottier, Bossy shot before reaching the Boston defense, which was standing up to meet him at the blueline. The shot trickled in off Peeters' glove, spoiling his bid for his second shutout of the season.
The assist was Trottier's 500th in the NHL. Bossy's 20th goal was only the third shot on goal by the Islanders in the third period.
"He made a heckuva shot," Peeters said. "He has a great release and I knew he was shooting.
"I was out on top of my crease following the puck, but at a certain point, maybe four to five feet away, something happened and I lost it just for a split second. And that's all I had to lose it."
Said Boston Coach Gerry Cheevers: "Only for a guy like Bossy would the shot go in."
Boston took the lead 12:17 into the second period, 21 seconds after the Islanders' Brent Sutter was penalized for hooking. Barry Pederson took a pass from Peter McNab in the slot and sent a wrist shot between the pads of goalie Roland Melanson. The assist was McNab's 500th point as a Bruin.