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Isles trip Stars in OT

Peca converts winning goal on breakawayv

October 29, 2001

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— The New York Islanders had already opened the eyes of the league.

On Sunday, they impressed their coach.

Michael Peca scored on a breakaway at 3:25 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

The Islanders are 2-0-1-1 in their four home games all going to overtime and are 6-0 on the road.

"It was an inspirational game," head coach Peter Laviolette said softly. "I was inspired by them."

Peca's goal came after a tireless effort by Kenny Jonsson fighting for the puck along the boards before passing ahead to Peca.

"He never, ever gave up," Laviolette said. "He battled for a good 10 seconds, was able to get it and chip it off the wall for (Peca)."

Laviolette refused to say he was "in awe" of his team, only that he was impressed by the Islanders' desire to win.

"It's a good feeling for me to see them going out there to compete like crazy," he said. "They have this desire to win."

But Peca said he and his teammates would prefer a larger margin of victory.

"We've said we'd like to win one in regulation and not stress everyone out including ourselves with overtime after overtime," Peca said.

But Laviolette doesn't mind.

"They're resilient," he said proudly.

The Islanders tied it 2-2 on a power play when Alexei Yashin barely poked the puck over the goal line at 13:50 of the second period. Mark Parrish, lying on the ice next to the goal, had swung his stick around to sweep the puck in front of net for Yashin.

The goal needed a video review, delaying the crowd's boisterous celebration.

The Islanders already had riled the crowd with a textbook display of penalty killing earlier in the period. Penalties to Steve Webb and Claude Lapointe gave the Stars a five-on-three, but the Islanders consistently cleared the puck.

Hurricanes 3, Kings 2 OT

Raleigh, N.C. Sami Kapanen scored from the right wing on a power play 1:33 into overtime to lift Carolina over Los Angeles.

Kapanen scored his fifth goal of the year off assists from Ron Francis and Jeff O'Neill, beating Kings goalie Felix Potvin. Carolina, with Arturs Irbe in goal, improved to 6-4-0-2.

Josef Vasicek and Sandis Ozolinsh scored 2:36 apart early in the second period to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.

Penguins 2, Panthers 2

Pittsburgh Pittsburgh scored a late goal to salvage a tie with Florida.

Milan Kraft scored in the last minute of regulation for the Penguins.

Avalanche 3, Ducks 2

Anaheim, Calif. Stephen Reinprecht scored the tying goal early in the third period and Martin Skoula got the game-winner with 6:35 remaining as Colorado rallied to beat Anaheim.

Joe Sakic also scored, and David Aebischer made 21 saves for the Stanley Cup champions, whose 538 third-period goals since the 1995-96 season are more than any team except Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Bruins 3, Blackhawks 3

Chicago Joe Thornton and Bill Guerin scored in the last 18 seconds of regulation to lift Boston into a tie with Chicago.

Thornton wristed a pass from Sergei Samsonov past Chicago goalie Jocelyn Thibault with one second to play to send the game into overtime. Guerin made it 3-2 just 17 seconds earlier with a power-play goal. Chicago extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3) and improved to 4-0-2 at home.

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