TORONTO — William Nylander scored with 2.2 seconds left in overtime and Frederik Andersen made 42 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

The Maple Leafs have won five straight.

Toronto star center Auston Matthews was on the ice for the optional morning skate, but sat out his fourth straight game because of an upper-body injury.

Miles Wood had the game’s first scoring chance as he got in alone on Andersen 6:37 into the opening period, only to be turned away by the Danish goaltender.

The Leafs, with the seventh-best power play in the league, nearly made it 1-0 midway through the first on the man advantage, but goalie Cory Schneider came up big twice.

First, he stretched out to rob James van Riemsdyk with his right arm along the ice on the goal line with the net wide open, then he came across the crease to stop Patrick Marleau on a one-timer set up by Nylander.

ISLANDERS 6, HURRICANES 4: Johnny Boychuk scored the tie-breaking goal on a slap shot with 4:25 remaining and New York rallied to win at home against Carolina.

Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists, and Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck each had a goal and an assist to help the Islanders remain one of two NHL teams without a regulation loss at home this season. The Islanders are 6-0-2 at home.

Jordan Eberle added an empty-netter, Anders Lee had two assists and Thomas Greiss finished with 28 saves.

LIGHTNING 6, STARS 1: Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves to beat his mentor, Ben Bishop, and host Tampa Bay beat Dallas.

Vasilevskiy was Bishop’s backup in Tampa Bay for parts of three seasons until Bishop was dealt to Los Angeles this past February.

Stamkos has 10 goals and an NHL-best 35 points.

PENGUINS 3, SENATORS 1: Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel each scored in the second period and Pittsburgh held on to win at Ottawa.

Riley Sheahan scored into an empty net at 19:29 of the third for the Penguins. Matt Murray made 21 saves and faced just 12 shots over the final two periods.

COYOTES 5, CANADIENS 4: Derek Stepan and Christian Fischer scored power-play goals in the third period and Arizona rallied at Montreal for its first regulation victory of the season.


HOUSTON: The owner of the NBA’s Rockets has expressed interest in bringing an NHL franchise to Houston.

Tilman Fertitta, who bought the Rockets in September, tweeted that he would be open to the possibility of acquiring an NHL team if all parties benefited. Reports say Fertitta and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman have met to discuss the viability of Houston as an NHL city.