Rangers RW Pavel Bure didn't play last night when New York faced the rival Islanders because of recurring problems with his oft-injured knees.

The decision that Bure would stay off the ice was made Sunday when the speedster met with coach-GM Glen Sather. Sather said after the Rangers defeated the Islanders 1-0 that he and Bure mutually decided to scratch the right wing from the game.

"He had no swelling in the knee," Sather said. "It's bothering him. It could be psychosomatic -- he's had three operations in that knee this year."

Bure has been limited to just 39 games this season. He has five goals and four assists in 12 games since he returned from a 31-game absence.

Sather asked Bure during practice on Sunday if his knee hurt. Sather was concerned with Bure's recent play and Bure responded that he was troubled by his knee.

"There are a lot of things that happen to people that you can't put a finger on," Sather said. "Mentally, you feel it's not 100 percent so it becomes a problem. Whether it's physically or not, it's still a problem. He could be fine in the next couple of days."

* MAY OUT: Canucks LW Brad May will be sidelined for at least a week with a concussion.

May was carried off the ice during Saturday's game with the Maple Leafs. He was taken to a hospital and had neurological tests the next day. The team said it does not know when he will play again.

May joins a growing list of injured Canucks. Also not joining the team for a two-game road trip to Dallas and St. Louis were D Mattias Ohlund (knee surgery) and C Mats Lindgren (sore back).

-- From News Services