December 21, 2013

NHL Roundup: Islanders break slump by beating Rangers

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the New York Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.

BRUINS ON SATURDAY

WHO: Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: TD Garden

TELEVISION: NESN

Vanek scored during a two-man advantage at 1:18 of the third to give the Islanders just their second win in 15 games and first in regulation since Nov. 12 against Nashville. They were 2-10-4 since then.

Cal Clutterbuck scored a short-handed, penalty-shot goal, and Michael Grabner added a short-handed tally in the first period. Defenseman Brian Strait scored in the second, and Grabner added an empty-netter with 50.3 seconds left for the Islanders, who lost a 2-0 lead for the second consecutive game but had four goals for the first time in 15 games.

Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves for the win.

The Rangers got goals from Benoit Pouliot, Derek Dorsett and Derek Stepan, but Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 15 of 19 shots as New York fell to 1-4-2 on its team-record, nine-game homestand.

DUCKS 3, DEVILS 2: Kyle Palmieri scored at 2:37 of overtime, and Anaheim extended its winning streak to seven with a victory in Newark, N.J.

Palmieri, from nearby Montvale, N.J., swung around Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and circled behind the New Jersey goal. He then tucked a wraparound behind goaltender Cory Schneider.

Mathieu Perreault and Cam Fowler also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who matched the franchise record with their second seven-game winning streak this season. Jonas Hiller made 19 saves in the win.

Andy Greene and Michael Ryder had the Devils goals.

CAPITALS 4, HURRICANES 2: Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal, and Washington posted three power-play goals in the second period to win at Carolina.

Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson and John Carlson scored with the man advantage and Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all four goals for the Capitals, who have won five of seven. Ovechkin had an empty-netter with 24.5 seconds left.

Jordan Staal and Riley Nash scored for Carolina while Cam Ward stopped 25 shots.

CANUCKS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2: Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in an eight-round shootout, and Vancouver rallied to win at Chicago.

Kesler fired a high shot past Antti Raanta to help Vancouver end a two-game losing streak. Mike Santorelli was successful in the first round as the Canucks improved to 2-4 in shootouts.

Patrick Sharp had Chicago’s only shootout score.

Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin tied it at 2 with 9:12 left in the third period. Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 21st goal and set up Kris Versteeg’s score in regulation.

JETS 5, PANTHERS 2: Evander Kane, Michael Frolik and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist, helping host Winnipeg cool off Florida.

Toby Enstrom and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg in its first home win since Nov. 15. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves.

Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad scored for the tired-looking Panthers, who had won five in a row. Both goals were unassisted, thanks to giveaways by the Jets deep in their own zone.

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