NHL: Islanders extend point streak
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brock Nelson’s second goal of the game 2:55 into overtime capped a frantic comeback to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 Tuesday night to extend their points streak to 15 games.
The Islanders trailed by two late in the third period before goals by Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock in the final 4:29 of regulation forced overtime. Nelson won it when he fired a shot at Matt Murray that trickled to the goaltender’s right. Nelson tapped the rebound into the open net for his sixth goal of the season.
Anthony Beauvillier added his seventh for the Islanders, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots as New York improved to 14-0-1 in its last 15 games.
Brandon Tanev scored twice for Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist and Bryan Rust also scored for the Penguins. Murray finished with 37 saves.
HURRICANES 4, BLACKHAWKS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist, and Carolina beat Chicago for its fourth straight victory.
Chicago had won four in a row and five of six overall. The Blackhawks scored 21 times during their win streak, but they were very quiet before making a big push in the third period. Patrick Kane helped fuel the rally with two assists on his 31st birthday. Defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Connor Murphy scored 1:10 apart to trim Carolina’s lead to 3-2 with 6:45 left.
BLUES 3, LIGHTNING 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Oskar Sundqvist and David Perron scored to lead St. Louis past Tampa Bay, spoiling Pat Maroon’s much-anticipated return after helping his hometown team to a Stanley Cup title last season.
Maroon, a St. Louis native, made his first trip back to the city since signing a one-year contract with the Lightning in the offseason. He scored the winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 against Dallas in the second round of the 2019 playoffs to send the Blues to the Western Conference final for the second time in four years.
Before the opening faceoff, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong presented Maroon with his Stanley Cup championship ring on the ice with former teammate Vladimir Taraskeno, who is out with an injury, alongside as well. Maroon received a standing ovation and as he waved to the crowd, the fans responded with thunderous cheers.
BRUINS 5, DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk scored two goals apiece, and Brad Marchand added three assists to lead Boston over New Jersey. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and New Jersey native Connor Clifton added a goal for the Bruins.
BLUE JACKETS 5, CANADIENS 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois had two goals and an assist, rookie Emil Bemstrom added a goal and an assist, and Columbus beat Montreal.
WILD 4, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Zach Parise scored twice, Alex Stalock made 30 saves for Minnesota. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild.
STARS 6, CANUCKS 1
DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn scored twice, Ben Bishop made 32 saves and Dallas beat Vancouver for its fourth straight victory.
The Stars have a nine-game point streak (8-0-1) and are 11-1-1 in their last 13 games.
AVALANCHE 3, FLAMES 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Andre Burakovsky stayed hot with another two goals, leading Colorado over slumping Calgary.
Burakovsky has five goals in three games.
JETS 2, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers scored, Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves and Winnipeg defeated Nashville.
PANTHERS 5, FLYERS 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov and Brett Connolly each had a goal and an assist to lift Florida over Philadelphia.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, LEAFS 2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his 450th win, including a diving stop late in the game, and Vegas held off Toronto. Fleury is three wins behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for sixth place on the career list.Mark Stone, Cody Glass, Tomas Nosek and Cody Eakin scored for Vegas.
OILERS 5, SHARKS 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists for his third straight game with at least three points, Leon Draisaitl extended his point streak to 13 games and Edmonton snapped San Jose’s six-game winning streak.