Columbus Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard, who is leading all NHL rookies in points, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a dislocated shoulder that will require surgery.

He was injured during a game Thursday in Dallas.

He's going to have surgery in early January and he's done for the year," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson told yesterday. "He's 4 to 6 months out in terms of return to play - closer to 6 months. So he's not going to return this year."

The 21-year-old Brassard has 10 goals and 15 assists in 31 games. He is tied for the team lead with three power-play goals and is second in points and tied for second in goals.

Brassard was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft and was the NHL's rookie of the month for October. He has earned points in 20 games this season.


* New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro practiced for the first time since he had arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 31.

The team would not divulge a timetable for DiPietro's return. He has played in just three games this season.

In games last night:

* At Buffalo, Sidney Crosby scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Sabres.

Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves to help the Penguins rally from a two-goal deficit.

Crosby snapped his nine-game goal-scoring drought when he tipped in Evgeni Malkin's shot past goalie Ryan Miller. The play survived a 2-minute video review that confirmed Crosby's stick was under the crossbar when he touched it.

Pascal Dupuis also scored, and Malkin had three assists for Pittsburgh (18-11-4).

* At Atlanta, Matt Stajan scored two goals, including an empty-netter, and rookie goal-tender Justin Pogge won his NHL debut as Toronto defeated the Thrashers, 5-2.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jeremy Williams and Niklas Hagman joined Stajan in scoring a goal for the second straight game for Toronto, which has won six of seven.

The Thrashers, outshot 38-21, lost for the eighth time in their last nine home games.

* At Edmonton, Sheldon Souray and Andrew Cogliano scored power-play goals in the third period, lifting the Oilers to a 4-2 victory over Phoenix.

Zack Stortini and Marc Pouliot also scored for the Oilers, who ended a three-game winless streak (0-2-1).

* At Vancouver, Daniel Sedin scored two goals as the Canucks held off Anaheim, 4-3. *