Glen Murray had a goal and an assist as the streaking Boston Bruins beat the Islanders, 4-1, last night at FleetCenter in a game in which New York lost captain Michael Peca to a knee injury in his first meaningful action of the season.
"It's a negative to take for the team," Islanders Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's his first game back and he was ready to go. Then to lose him for an unknown period of time is tough."
Boston has won five of six, outscoring opponents 25-10. The Islanders dropped their eighth in 10 games.
Peca played a regular shift in the first period in his return from a left knee injury that caused him to miss all but 27 seconds of the Islanders' first 16 games this season.
He was injured in last season's playoffs and only played one shift since, an attempt to give his struggling teammates a boost on Nov. 2.
Peca was forced out last night in the second period after he sprained his right knee behind the Boston net when he got tripped up by P.J. Axelsson. Peca is day-to-day.
Boston defenseman Don Sweeney played his 1,000 career game, becoming the 180th player in league history and the 35th to do it all with the same team.
Axelsson, Joe Thornton, and Brian Rolston scored Boston's other goals. Brad Isbister prevented the Islanders from being shut out.
* MIGHTY DUCKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: Steve Rucchin and Jason Krog scored in the final two minutes as Anaheim won on the road.
"This has happened to us a lot this year late in the period," Columbus Coach Dave King said of Anaheim's fast finish. "We found ways to allow goals to be scored. We've got to learn the lesson and play the complete game, play the complete period."
Columbus led 2-1 on Tyler Wright's jam shot with 8:46 remaining and appeared to be on its way to improving on its 6-1-0-1 record against the Ducks.
But with 1:48 remaining, Krog scored on a rebound after Blue Jackets goalie Marc Denis deflected Matt Cullen's backhander off the far post. Krog was waiting there for his first goal of the season.
Rucchin then added his fifth with 31 seconds left. Mike Leclerc controlled the puck behind the Columbus goal and slid a backhand pass to Paul Kariya, who scored the Ducks' first goal, near the left dot. Kariya's cross-crease pass found Rucchin all alone at the right post.
* SENATORS 3, PANTHERS 2: Todd White scored three minutes into overtime to give host Ottawa the victory.
White scored his third of the season when he took Daniel Alfredsson's pass from behind the net and beat former teammate Jani Hurme to give Ottawa its second straight win.
Alfredsson and Jason Spezza scored power-play goals to give the Senators man-advantage tallies in 13 straight games.
"I'm very disappointed in the officiating," Florida Coach Mike Keenan said. "Twice in the overtime they had too many men on the ice and they touched the puck, and those three penalties that put us down five on three, I thought was poor officiating."
* WILD 1, PENGUINS 1: Richard Park scored his second goal of the season to lift host Minnesota.
Minnesota remained unbeaten in six overtime games and ended its first two-game losing streak. The Wild's 23 points are tops in the Northwest Division.
"Now everybody knows about them," Penguins goalie Johan Hedberg said. "It doesn't surprise anybody anymore."
* AVALANCHE 3, PREDATORS 1: Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists to lead Colorado on the road.
"It was a solid game, nothing really special," Forsberg said.
* RANGERS 2, FLAMES 1: Mikael Samuelsson scored the go-ahead goal, and Dan Blackburn made 35 saves as visiting New York earned its fourth win in five games.
* CANUCKS 3, KINGS 2: Canucks captain Markus Naslund scored a pair of power-play goals 34 seconds apart in the second period to lead host Vancouver. Trevor Letowski scored his fourth goal in five games for the Canucks, who only had one win in their first seven home games.