Butch Goring scored his second game-winning goal in a week and Rick Middleton assisted on all the Boston goals last night as the Bruins prevailed, 3-2, over the New Jersey Devils in East Rutherford.
Goring, obtained on waivers from the New York Islanders Jan. 8, flipped a short shot over goalie Hannu Kamppuri with 38 seconds left in the second period to sever a 2-2 tie. The goal came eight seconds after Joe Cirella was penalized, giving Boston a two-man advantage.
Referee Bryan Lewis, in his first appearance at the Meadowlands since his controversial call helped the New York Rangers to a 5-4 overtime decision over the Devils Jan. 6, called Aaron Broten for holding at 18:47 and sent Cirella off for slashing at 19:14.
Goring, working with Rick Middleton and Tom Fergus, wound up in front with a five-foot tapin.
Canucks 6, Islanders 5: Jere Gillis made a 40-footer at 1:54 of overtime for Vancouver. New York had overcome a 4-1 deficit by making good on four of just six shots in the third period. Denis Potvin made it 5-5 at 19:32 of the third period with Islanders goalie Billy Smith pulled for an extra attacker.
The Islanders, missing seven regulars with injuries and illness, lost defenseman Gord Dineen with a rib injury in the first period.