Mike Bossy scored a goal for the ninth consecutive game and assisted on four last night in Nassau Coliseum as the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers, 7-3.
Bossy, off to the fastest start of his career, got his league-leading 13th goal of the season 63 seconds into the final period. Paul Boutilier's slap shot was blocked in front of the Rangers' net by defenseman Dave Maloney, but Bossy, standing to the right of the cage, drove home the rebound.
The Islanders owned a 2-1 lead after one period as Duane Sutter and Tomas Jonsson beat goalie Glen Hanlon. Sutter was set up by Pat LaFontaine for a 50-foot shot that slid off Hanlon and into the net 59 seconds into the game. Jonsson's 40-foot shot deflected in off the stick of the Rangers' James Patrick.
Patrick made up for that by scoring on a power play at 14:02. But Brent Sutter regained the two-goal lead on a power play 2:44 into the next period. Sutter, who has at least one point in each of his team's games, tipped in Jonsson's slap shot.
Sutter also scored on a two-on-one break with John Tonelli with 2:28 remaining in the game. Tonelli's assist gave him points in all nine Islanders games.