Krzysztof Oliwa scored his first NHL goal to trigger a three-goal, third-period outburst and the New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 6-3 win over the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday.
The setback spoiled Wayne Gretzky’s 1,000th NHL goal (878 regular season, 122 playoffs), a power-play score that tied the game at 3-3 in the second period.
Gretzky got his 1,000th goal on a bad play by Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. Deep in the right corner, Gretzky sent a pass in front and it went into the net off Brodeur’s skate.
Oliwa got the game-winner by poking a loose puck past Mike Richter, after the goaltender mishandled a weak shot.
Lindros hurt during Flyers’ loss
In Pittsburgh, Jaromir Jagr set up third-period goals by Alexei Morozov and Martin Straka as the Penguins beat Philadelphia 6-4 after Flyers captain Eric Lindros left the game with a concussion in the second period.
Lindros was hit with a clean check by defenseman Darius Kasparaitis. Lindros had his head down when Kaspararaitis hit him in the face with his shoulder. Lindros, who leads the Flyers with 67 points, had to be helped from the ice and did not return. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation, walking to the ambulance under his own power. Flyers general manager Bob Clarke agreed that the hit was clean.
In Inglewood, Calif., Rob Blake scored the first two goals of the game, one on a shot from the red line and the other on a power play, as the Los Angeles Kings ended a three-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
It was the ninth two-goal game for the eight-year veteran defenseman, who is still looking for his first hat trick. Blake, plagued by injuries that limited him to 92 games over the previous three seasons, is the only one on the team to play in each of their 61 games.
Less than 2 minutes after his shot from the point knocked the helmet off Sergei Fedorov’s head, Blake opened the scoring when he surprised Osgood with a 90-foot blast that glanced off the goaltender’s stick and fluttered over his right shoulder.
Gilmour out for two weeks
New Jersey Devils center Doug Gilmour was expected to be sidelined two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Saturday to remove cartilage from the right knee.
Lou Lamoriello, the Devils general manager, said no ligament damage was found during the procedure.
Gilmour, the NHL’s 11th all-time leading scorer, probably will start skating within a week to 10 days.