After getting 11 stitches to sew up a cut from a first-period stick to the chin, Brian Berard scored with 39 seconds left last night as the Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, in Boston.
"It was a great win," said Berard, who played for the Rangers last season. "It was a little extra special to beat those guys for me."
New York led 2-0 after two periods, but Joe Thornton and Sean Brown scored 2 minutes 13 seconds apart early in the third to tie it. That's the way it stayed until Berard lined it up from the blueline and slapped the puck off Pavel Bure's stick and past goalie Daniel Blackburn.
Steve Shields stopped 25 shots for Boston, which is 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.
Rem Murray scored a shorthanded goal, and Mark Messier also scored for the Rangers. Blackburn, making his first start since Oct. 21, made 30 saves.
Berard sat out the entire 2000-01 season after he was nearly blinded on March 11, 2000, when he was accidentally hit in the eye with a stick blade by Ottawa's Marian Hossa. Berard had a cut cornea, detached retina and fractured orbital bone.
* DEVILS 5, BLACKHAWKS 1: Jamie Langenbrunner scored the first of his two goals only 10 seconds into the game, as New Jersey built a 3-0 lead and cruised at home.
Jay Pandolfo also scored as the line of Langenbrunner, Pandolfo and John Madden combined for six points. Their primary role is checking the other team's top line, so any offense is a welcome contribution.
* BLUES 6, ISLANDERS 1: Scott Mellanby and Cory Stillman each had a goal and assist as visiting St. Louis won its seventh straight game and spoiled the return of Islanders captain Michael Peca.
Fred Brathwaite made 19 saves, and Dallas Drake, Martin Rucinsky, rookie Eric Boguniecki and Bryce Salvador also scored for St. Louis.
* SENATORS 5, RED WINGS 2: Magnus Arvedson, Brad Smyth, Shaun Van Allen and Todd White each scored their first goals of the season for host Ottawa.
Petr Schastlivy added his fourth of the season, and Patrick Lalime made 20 saves as Ottawa ended a four-game winless streak. The Senators, who held a 34-22 margin in shots, have outshot their opponents in each of their nine games.
* PENGUINS 5, LIGHTNING 3: In Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux scored one goal and set up three others, and Kent Manderville broke a tie with 3:30 to play.
Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored goals 7:57 apart in the third to tie it with four minutes left. But Manderville scored his first goal of the season 30 seconds later, and Lemieux added an empty-net goal to stretch his scoring streak to 10 games.
* KINGS 6, PREDATORS 5: Jaroslav Modry scored his second goal 1:40 into overtime as Los Angeles won at home. The Kings sent the game into the extra period when Alexander Frolov scored on a short-handed goal with just less than seven minutes remaining.
* CANUCKS 4, WILD 2: Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists for visiting Vancouver.
Bertuzzi scored the first of three goals in a 1:08 span of the first period as the Canucks handed the Wild just its second loss in 12 games (8-2-2) this season. The defeat ended a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) for the Wild, which entered play with the most points in the NHL (18).
* THRASHERS 3, PANTHERS 1: Frantisek Kaberle and Tony Hrkac each scored third-period goals as Atlanta snapped a 19-game winless streak with its victory in Sunrise, Fla. The Thrashers, who started the season 0-8-1-1, won for the first time since March 23 of last season against Ottawa. Atlanta's Pasi Nurminen made 21 saves.
* CANADIENS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Oleg Petrov and Richard Zednik each scored twice to lead visiting Montreal.
* FLAMES 4, AVALANCHE 4: Martin Gelinas scored his second goal late in the third period to secure the tie for host Calgary. Joe Sakic tallied twice for Colorado.