Mike Bossy became the first National Hockey League player to score 40 goals in eight consecutive seasons as he got a goal and four assists last night in Uniondale, N.Y., leading the New York Islanders to a 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
"That's my job, to score goals," Bossy said. "You have to put the puck in the net when you get the chance."
Bossy, who is bearing down on his eighth 50-goal season in as many years in the NHL, got No. 40 at 8:26 of the second period. He put a 35-foot slap shot over the stick of goaltender Darren Jensen.
Bossy's linemates, John Tonelli and Brent Sutter, also had big nights as the Islanders won for the third time, with one tie, in four meetings with Philadelphia this season.
The third-place Islanders now trail second-place Philadelphia by five points.
Tonelli and Sutter -- who along with Bossy will be starters for the Wales Conference in next week's NHL All-Star Game -- had a goal and three assists and a goal and one assist, respectively.
The Islanders jumped to a 4-1 first-period lead against Jensen, who was making his NHL debut. Gord Dineen, Tonelli, Patrick Flatley and Denis Potvin had the Islander goals. It was the 250th goal of Potvin's career, second only to Bobby Orr among NHL defensemen.
Ilkka Sinisalo had three goals for Philadelphia and had a fourth goal taken away in the final period when it was ruled that he had kicked the puck into the net.