Steve Heinze scored 3 minutes 18 seconds into the third period as the Boston Bruins earned their fifth consecutive victory, beating New Jersey, 3-1, last night and spoiling Claude Lemieux's return to the Devils at FleetCenter.
Heinze freed himself along the boards and wristed a shot over goalie Martin Brodeur's shoulder. Bruins goalie John Grahame, who is expected to be sent to the minors as soon as Byron Dafoe is back in shape, stopped 30 shots.
"I've done my time in the minors," Grahame said. "And the patience that I learned in my experience is helping me now."
Mikko Eloranta added an empty-netter, his second of the season, with 6.7 seconds left.
* SENATORS 2, PENGUINS 1: Goalie Patrick Lalime stopped 22 shots and beat his former team as Radek Bonk scored the go-ahead goal with less than eight minutes to play in Kanata, Ontario.
"Yeah, this is a personal victory," said Lalime, who went 21-12-2 for Pittsburgh during his rookie season three years ago but did not appear in the NHL again until this season. "I've been waiting two years to get this chance. This win is a little plus for me tonight."
* ISLANDERS 2, CANADIENS 1: Jamie Heward's goal 47 seconds into overtime lifted New York at home. Heward took advantage of a line change by the Canadiens and beat goaltender Jeff Hackett from the left circle.
* SABRES 5, BLACKHAWKS 4: Curtis Brown poked in a rebound of his own miss at 1:14 of overtime to lift Buffalo. Miroslav Satan had two goals, and Stu Barnes and Michael Peca each scored as the Sabres won their second road game of the season in as many nights.