Mariusz Czerkawski had a goal and two assists and Gino Odjick scored his first goal of the season with less than five minutes left to give the New York Islanders a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
Odjick broke a 2-2 tie when he tipped Kenny Jonsson's slap shot from the left point past Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore 15 minutes 8 seconds into the third period.
Theodore entered the game 7:31 into the second period when Montreal starter Jeff Hackett was injured in a collision along the boards while chasing a loose puck. Hackett, who had stopped all eight shots he faced to that point, was sent flying backward after colliding with New York forward Steve Webb. Hackett stayed down for several minutes and had to be assisted off the ice. He suffered a bruised shoulder and back spasms.
Montreal took a 1-0 lead just 1:42 into the game on Brian Savage's eighth goal of the season. Savage pushed a rebound of Saku Koivu's shot from the slot past goalie Felix Potvin for his fifth goal in three games.
The Islanders (2-4) scored twice on their first four shots on Theodore in the second period. On the first, Czerkawski took a pass from Brad Isbister at the side of the Canadiens' net for a power-play goal at 8:42. Isbister gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead when he beat Theodore on a breakaway 15:08 into the second.