Mark Recchi tipped Dennis Seidenberg's slap shot past Ryan Miller in overtime, a power-play goal that was initially waved off by the referee, and the Boston Bruins escaped with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres last night.
The game continued until the next whistle, with 1:58 left, but the goal 2:11 into the period officially ended it.
After the replay was shown on the scoreboard, fans cheered and began leaving the arena even before the goal was put on the scoreboard.
Tim Thomas stopped 28 shots to help Boston bounce back from a shootout loss to Toronto on Saturday.
Ryan Miller made 33 saves for Buffalo.
Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton also scored for the Bruins. Luke Adam netted his first NHL goal for Buffalo, but he also raked his stick across Marc Savard's face to give Boston an overtime power play.
In other games:
At Sunrise, Fla., Stephen Weiss scored his second goal of the game 43 seconds into overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Bill Thomas and David Booth also had goals for Florida, which has won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves.
At Montreal, Jeff Halpern, Brian Gionta and Roman Hamrlik scored third-period goals and Carey Price made 27 saves as the Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, for their third straight win.
Halpern broke a 1-1 tie 2:18 into the third, Gionta put the Canadiens ahead by two goals midway through the period, and Hamrlik closed the scoring with 3:32 left. Michael Cammalleri added a goal in the first for Montreal.
Ottawa's Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal late in the first, but the Senators fell to 3-7-1 in their last 11 after beating the Rangers in New York on Sunday.
St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald has a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team disclosed the injury yesterday. The 33-year-old McDonald was hurt during the Blues' 2-1 overtime loss Saturday in Edmonton after he inadvertently hit a rut in the ice and crashed into the leg of Oilers player Shawn Horcoff in overtime.
"It's unfortunate for us and for him, but it's just another thing we'll grind through," coach Davis Payne said. "When he gets healthy, we'll have him back in there."
McDonald is tied for the team lead with 17 points.
The Blues are also playing without injured forward T.J. Oshie (broken ankle) and defenseman Roman Polak (wrist).
"Nobody's going to feel sorry for us," forward Brad Boyes said. "We'll just regroup and hopefully get past it."
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane could be out for up to 3 weeks with a leg injury he suffered after hitting the boards early in Sunday's win over Calgary.
Kane, who scored the clinching goal in the Blackhawks' win over the Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals in June, was hurt after he was checked by Calgary's Cory Sarich.
The 22-year-old Kane has 11 goals and 16 assists this season as Chicago has struggled in the first 2 months after losing numerous players from the championship team because of salary-cap limitations.
The Blackhawks are already without star forward Marian Hossa, who suffered a lower-body injury last month in practice. *