Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour walked out with another win, while everyone around the New York Islanders left with concern about Rick DiPietro.
A night of celebration ended with a banner raised along with fears as the star goalie was sent to the doctor after being struck in the right eye by the stick of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
Arbour came back to the Islanders one more time to coach the team he guided to four straight Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s for a 1,500th time in the regular season.
Miroslav Satan scored the tying and winning goals in the third period of New York's 3-2 victory over the Penguins.
"We had a bad five minutes in the second period, but otherwise, we played really, really hard," the 75-year-old coach said. "I talked a little bit, not a lot. It was nothing spectacular. I bit my tongue a little bit."
It would've been perfect if not for the injury to DiPietro, in the second season of a landmark 15-year contract with the Islanders. Team spokesman Chris Botta said initial reports showed the injury wasn't serious, and that the 26-year-old DiPietro was sent for an evaluation to confirm that diagnosis.
"I just asked him how he was and he said he was all right," captain Bill Guerin said.
Arbour was invited behind the bench to coach the team again and earned Islanders win No. 740 behind the heroics of Satan, who netted the winner with only 2:41 left when he put in a rebound of Marc-Andre Bergeron's shot.
"When we came back to the bench you saw a legend standing there," Satan said. "We knew we only had one chance to win the game for him."
Arbour retired after the Islanders were swept in the first round of the 1994 playoffs by the New York Rangers, but now he can leave on a winning note.
On his return he didn't move more than a few steps away from his spot to the left of regular coach Ted Nolan, whose idea it was to have Arbour return.
"Just by him being here won the game," Nolan said. "Al said he didn't know all the names of the players, but they sure knew him."
No one has coached or won more games with one team than Arbour. He left the second time when Crosby was less than seven years old. A banner commemorating his 739 previous Islanders wins was lowered after the game, replaced by one with his name and 1,500 as streamers and confetti were shot from the rafters.
"I was very surprised at the end," he said.
Arbour held a lineup card in his left hand throughout and raised both arms in jubilation when Satan erased the remnants of a two-goal deficit 5:30 into the third period. Nolan did a spin and leap of his own.
That was nothing compared to how the whole bench jumped when Satan put the Islanders in front.
"It feels very good but I really didn't do that much," Arbour said. "It was all the players and coach Ted Nolan."
Trent Hunter had the other goal for New York, which couldn't convert any of its six power-play chances.
Ryan Malone and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Penguins.