Judging by his NHL debut, the New York Islanders made the right move in making Roberto Luongo the highest drafted goalie in NHL history.

Luongo, the Islanders' first pick and fourth overall in 1997, stopped 43 shots to lead the Islanders past the red-hot Bruins, 2-1, last night in Boston.

"This is hopefully a huge step for me," Luongo said. "I've waited my whole life for this."

Luongo made 31 saves in the first two periods, allowing only Anson Carter's goal 6 minutes 2 seconds into the second.

The 20-year-old rookie was barely tested in the final period, but survived a scramble in front when he was sprawled on his back without his stick in the closing seconds.

"I totally lost control of the puck," he said. "I was doing a Dominik Hasek impersonation out there. I was a little lucky it hit me in the shoulder."

* SABRES 3, LIGHTNING 2: In Tampa, Michal Grosek scored with 2:34 left in overtime as Buffalo improved its record to 3-0-2 in overtime this season. Grosek's backhanded centering pass hit Tampa Bay defenseman Ben Clymer's skate and got past Lightning goalie Dan Cloutier.

"Actually, I tried to pass it to Stu Barnes," Grosek said, "but it hit the other guy's skate and went into the net. It's never a bad play when you put it on the net."

* COYOTES 4, RED WINGS 3: In Detroit, Shane Doan scored two of Phoenix's four goals in the third period as the Coyotes won their sixth straight.

Doan broke a 2-2 tie with 6:10 remaining on a wrist shot from the left point that went over the right shoulder of Detroit goalie Ken Wregget. Doan added an empty-net goal with 53 seconds left that allowed the Coyotes to survive a goal by the Red Wings' Steve Duchesne with 19.2 seconds remaining.

* SENATORS 3, FLYERS 3: In Kanata, Ontario, Shawn McEachern's power-play goal with 18 seconds left in the third period gave Ottawa the tie with Philadelphia.

With Luke Richardson off for hooking, McEachern took Marian Hossa's centering pass during a goal-mouth scramble and beat John Vanbiesbrouck.

* STARS 4, THRASHERS 2: Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice for visiting Dallas and the struggling Stanley Cup champions rallied for three goals in the third period to beat expansion Atlanta.

Atlanta, which has the worst record in the NHL after losing nine of 11, led 2-1 after scoring two goals against Ed Belfour just 37 seconds apart in the second period.

* SHARKS 4, DEVILS 3: Patrick Marleau scored with 5.6 seconds left in overtime to give San Jose a victory over visiting New Jersey. Jason Arnott gave the Devils a 3-2 lead with a goal at 15:12 of the third period. Owen Nolan tied it with a short-handed goal with 2:05 left in the period.