NHL Wrap: Reilly Smith gives Bruins late win

NHL Wrap: Reilly Smith gives Bruins late win
October 17, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Reilly Smith scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins with just 59 seconds remaining in the third period. (USA Today Images)

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 on Thursday night.

Smith backhanded the puck into the net between the legs of Tim Thomas after a faceoff in the Panthers' zone. The goal spoiled Thomas' first game against his former team since joining the Panthers as a free agent.

Dougie Hamilton and Daniel Paille also scored goals for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.

Jesse Winchester and Kris Versteeg scored for the Panthers and Thomas stopped 37 shots (see full story).

Islanders rally to beat Oilers
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- John Tavares netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the New York Islanders overcame a quick scoring spurt by Edmonton's Taylor Hall in a 3-2 victory over the Oilers on Thursday night.

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 (see full story)

Devils fall to Sens to remain winless
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

The win marked the Senators' first victory on home ice after they spent the first two weeks of the season on the road.

Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Milan Michalek also scored, while Craig Anderson stopped 39 shots.

The Devils (0-4-3) are the only team without a win (see full story)