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Bill Guerin's late overtime goal lifts Islanders to 4-3 win over Devils @NHLdotcom

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The New York Islanders needed nearly every second to beat the road-weary New Jersey Devils, who didn't even have Martin Brodeur in net.

Bill Guerin knocked a loose puck past backup Kevin Weekes for a power-play tally with 3.7 seconds left on the overtime clock Saturday night, giving the Islanders a 4-3 victory after they squandered a two-goal lead in the third period.

"You can't be overanxious, and when you get a chance, you have to be opportunistic," said, Guerin, who has four goals in two games. "There's not a ton of pretty plays in the league anymore. That goal was a busted play."

With Andy Greene serving a tripping penalty whistled with 30 seconds left, the Islanders captain got to the puck after it kicked around following a shot by Mike Comrie. Guerin smacked it past Weekes, subbing for a rarely rested Brodeur.

New Jersey enjoyed a power play that carried into overtime but couldn't convert.

"It's tough when you lose a game like that," Weekes said. "The way the game was going back and forth, it would've been nice to at least get to a shootout."

Guerin, the fifth overall pick by the Devils in the 1989 draft, broke out of his season-long goal drought with a hat trick Thursday at Washington that helped New York (5-3) snap its two-game losing streak.

His latest tally salvaged this win that seemed secure until the Devils staged a third-period rally to wipe out New York's 3-1 lead. The timing was good for the Islanders, who don't play again until next Saturday.

"We didn't want to have a sour taste in our mouth," Guerin said. "I can't imagine being a football player - losing, then not getting to play again for another week."

The Devils lost for the fourth time in six games and have one more contest left - at the New York Rangers on Thursday - on a season-opening, nine-game road trip caused by the construction of their new Prudential Center arena in Newark, N.J.

Josef Vasicek started a three-goal Islanders outburst in the second period, and Miroslav Satan added his first of the season in the spurt that was capped by Comrie's power-play tally.

Zach Parise scored in the first period and Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta got the Devils even in the third. Weekes finished with 32 saves and fell to 1-1. He has allowed five goals in two starts.

That was nearly enough for another win.

Just 16 seconds after leaving the penalty box following a four-minute, high-sticking penalty, Gionta got his stick on Paul Martin's drive and deflected it past Rick DiPietro to tie it 3-3 with 7:49 left in regulation.

Whatever coach Ted Nolan's message was after the first period it got through to the Islanders, who scored three goals in a span of eight minutes, 32 seconds, and outshot the Devils 16-7 in a dominating second.

Vasicek got it started 3:31 in when he took a pass from Satan and was one-on-one with Weekes at the right post. Vasicek put a shot inside the far post to tie it at one eight seconds after New York's power play.

With momentum shifting and play taking place mostly in New Jersey's zone, Satan scored his first of the season to give the Islanders the lead. Satan used his long reach as he skated by Martin and in front of Weekes, moving right to left, and tucked the puck in the left side at 5:35 as Weekes sprawled on his stomach.

Comrie, who had gone five games without a goal after scoring four in his first two contests with the Islanders, made it 3-1 at 12:03

Pandolfo cut the Devils' deficit to a goal at 2:22 of the third, sending a shot from above the circles off the skate of Islanders defenceman Andy Sutton and past a confused DiPietro.

"They used to be a sit-back team and wait for you to make mistakes and capitalize on them," DiPietro said. "Now, they try and create mistakes."

The Devils (3-4-1) have been outscored 18-6 in their losses and were shut out in the previous two defeats.

"We keep digging a hole," Gionta said. "We tried to dig out of it. We have to straighten that up."

Notes: Islanders D Marc-Andre Bergeron was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ... Parise's father J.P. Parise scored 73 goals for the Islanders between 1975-78. ... Brodeur sat out for the second time in eight games after missing only four all last season. ... Islanders D Bryan Berard left the game early with a strained groin and will be re-evaluated Monday. ... New Devils coach Brent Sutter served as Islanders captain from 1987-1991.

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