New York Rangers goaltender Bob Froese got credit for a freak goal in last night's 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders, but had to give an assist to his post and the Islanders' Brent Sutter.

The goal came at 8:59 of the second period and marked only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender was credited with a goal. The other goaltender ironically was Billy Smith, who started in the Islanders' net last night.

The Islanders' Ken Morrow was sitting in the penalty box for holding when Rangers center Marcel Dionne received a delayed call for hooking.

At that point, the Patrick Division-leading Islanders pulled Smith for an extra attacker. Denis Potvin shot at the Rangers net, and it bounced off the post.

Sutter, attempting to pass the puck out to the point, missed his man and the puck sailed all the way back to the other end of the ice and into the empty net.

Froese, the closest Ranger to the play, got credit for the goal.

Smith was credited with a goal in the Islanders game against the Colorado Rockies on Nov. 28, 1979.

Oilers 5, Sabres 2:

Mark Messier scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Edmonton to victory over Buffalo as the Oilers moved back into first place in the Smythe Division.

Kings 2, Devils 2:

Jim Carson's power-play goal just 40 seconds into the third period gave Los Angeles a tie with visiting New Jersey.