For one game, the New York Islanders managed to relive their glory years.
With Mike Bossy dropping the ceremonial first puck and Butch Goring standing behind the bench, the Islanders got a goal and assist from rookie Tim Connolly and a goal and two assists from Mariusz Czerkawski to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2, yesterday in Uniondale, N.Y.
"It was exciting to get my first goal in my first home game," Connolly said. "What made it better was that it was a win, and against a great team like the Colorado Avalanche."
The spirited crowd of 14,523 saw New York beat the Avalanche for the first time in nine tries since the franchise moved from Quebec City to Denver.
The Avalanche registered only one shot over the game's first 14 minutes, but it was good enough for a power-play goal at 3 minutes 37 seconds by Sandis Ozolinsh.
The Islanders kept pressure on Colorado goalie Patrick Roy, and it paid off during their first power play at 12:22 when Mats Lindgren tucked a wrist shot under the crossbar.
Connolly showed a bit of his magic 88 seconds into the second period to give New York the lead for good. Czerkawski scored the eventual game-winner 1:57 later while the Islanders had a two-man advantage.
BLACKHAWKS 3, PREDATORS 3: In Chicago, Sergei Krivokrasov scored on a screened shot from the slot with 1 minute 32 seconds left in the third period as Nashville tied the Blackhawks, earning their first point of the season.
RANGERS 4, COYOTES 2: Playing his third straight game in place of the injured Mike Richter, Kirk McLean made 27 saves to spark the victory over visiting Phoenix.