NEW YORK - Chris Simon took a leave from the New York Islanders yesterday, agreeing with the team that he needed time away from hockey following his latest penalty for attempting to injure an opponent.

Simon missed the first five games of this season while completing a 25-game ban - his sixth NHL suspension - meted out in March. He could be in line for another long penalty after he took down and stepped on Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu last weekend.

Simon met yesterday with Islanders owner Charles Wang, general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan and they agreed the 35-year-old left winger, a former Flyers draft pick, should seek help.

"The actions of Chris Simon on Saturday do not reflect what the New York Islanders stand for," Wang said in a statement.

Simon has one goal and two assists in 26 games this season. "I acknowledge that time and assistance is needed before I return to the game," Simon said.


Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe had hand surgery and will be out six to eight weeks. . . . Vancouver center Brendan Morrison could be out up to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right wrist. . . . Minnesota center Mikko Koivu had pain in his injured left leg during a skate and is not expected to return to the ice soon.

Last night's games

Red Wings 4, Capitals 3

DETROIT - Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Jiri Hudler scored in the shoot-out to lift Detroit over Washington.

All three Red Wing players used the same move, a fake and a backhand shot, to beat Capitals netminder Olie Kolzig.