Oiler breaks Gretzky record in loss
JOHN TAVARES netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the New York Islanders overcame a record-setting scoring spurt by Edmonton's Taylor Hall in a 3-2 victory over the Oilers last night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Tavares beat goalie Devan Dubnyk with a snap shot in front with 1:07 left in the second off a pass from Kyle Okposo. It was the fourth goal of the season for the Islanders' captain.
Okposo had scored his second of the season during a power play at 4:54 of the second to make it 2-2. Josh Bailey put New York ahead 1-0 in the first before Hall struck.
Hall gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead when he scored a pair of goals just 8 seconds apart in the first period. That broke the club mark of 9 seconds, set by Wayne Gretzky on Feb. 18, 1981.
Tavares, who assisted on Okposo's goal, has points in six straight games. New York (3-2-2) has played six one-goal games this season.
"We were really focused tonight and we kept their skilled players at bay," Tavares said.
The struggling Oilers fell to 1-6-1. Their lone win was a 5-4 shootout home victory over New Jersey on Oct. 7.
Edmonton has had its struggles on Long Island. This was the Oilers' seventh straight road loss to the Islanders and their ninth in 12 overall meetings with New York.
They haven't beaten the Islanders on the road since Dec. 14, 1999.
In other games
* At Buffalo, Roberto Luongo made 25 saves and the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Sabres, 3-0.
Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Ryan Stanton scored for the Canucks (5-3-0). The Sabres (1-7-1) remain winless at home.
* At Chicago, T.J. Oshie scored the only goal in the overtime shootout to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks.
* At Nashville, Anze Kopitar's shootout goal gave Los Angeles a 2-1 win over the Predators.
* At Toronto, the Carolina Hurricanes used a three-goal third period to rally for a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, who lost goalie James Reimer to an injury.
* At Tampa, Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left in the third period and the Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild, 3-1.
* At Sunrise, Fla., Reilly Smith scored the game-winning goal with 59 seconds left in the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers, 3-2.
* At Montreal, Tomas Plekanec scored with 1:07 left to break a tie and added an empty-net goal to give the Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
* At Ottawa, Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead the Senators to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils (0-4-3) are the only team without a win.
* Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is appealing a 10-game suspension the NHL issued for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson last week.
* San Jose Sharks right wing Adam Burish had back surgery. The team has not set a timetable for Burish's return to the ice.