The Pittsburgh Penguins rode the hot goaltending of Tom Barrasso to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night at Uniondale, N.Y., taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Patrick Division final playoff series.
A tentative Mario Lemieux returned to the Pittsburgh lineup, but Barrasso was the star. He made 36 saves to win a goaltending battle with the Islanders' Glenn Healy, a former King.
Combined with his 3-0 shutout in Game 2 at Pittsburgh, Barrasso has allowed the Islanders only one goal in the last 154:58.
Lemieux, who returned after missing two games because of back spasms, had an assist and two shots on goal. Pittsburgh got all the goals it needed from Ron Francis and Jaromir Jagr in the first period.
Barrasso gave up a second-period goal to Ray Ferraro.
Montreal 4, Buffalo 3--Gilbert Dionne scored 8:28 into overtime as the Canadiens won their seventh consecutive playoff game, beating the Sabres at Buffalo to take a 3-0 lead in the Adams Division final.
Patrice Brisbois shot the puck toward the net from just inside the blue line and Dionne re-directed it past goaltender Grant Fuhr.
It was Montreal's only shot in the extra period, and gave the Canadiens their second consecutive overtime victory.
Buffalo lost Alexander Mogilny, who ended the regular season tied for most goals in the league with 76, early in the second period, when he suffered a broken leg.
Mogilny was holding up a Montreal player at the side of the net early in the second period when his right leg buckled. A Montreal player then fell on his knee, bending his leg backward.