Clark Gillies' three goals helped the New York Islanders take the lead in the Patrick Division last night with a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over the Red Wings in Detroit.
His third goal of the game, a deflection of Pat LaFontaine's shot with 3:14 left, broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Islanders their third straight victory. Their six points enabled them to pass the idle Washington Capitals, who have five.
Defenseman Brad Park gave Detroit a 4-2 lead with his second goal of the game 6:18 into the third period. The Islanders tied it when John Tonelli and Gillies scored 44 seconds apart midway in the period.
The Islanders took a 2-1 lead early in the second period on LaFontaine's second goal of the season. But Kelly Kisio tied it at 17:15 of the middle period and Park put Detroit ahead with a power-play goal with six seconds left in the period.
Detroit opened the scoring at 5:04 of the first period. Steve Yzerman was credited with the goal after New York defenseman Denis Potvin inadvertently steered his rebound into the Islanders' net.
New York tied the score before the period was over on Gillies' first goal of the game. Mike Bossy clinched it with his fifth of the season, with 1:10 to play.