NHL roundup: Islanders clip Blackhawks

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Islanders 5, Blackhawks 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Blake Comeau had his first career hat trick and sparked a four-goal, second-period rally to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Comeau, Jon Sim and Richard Park scored three goals in a 4:39 stretch in the second, helping the Islanders win for the just the third time in 12 games.

U.S. Olympian Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists. Brian Campbell and Dustin Byfuglien also scored, but the Blackhawks lost for the first time in five games.

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Dwayne Roloson, who could be moved by Wednesday’s trade deadline, made 41 saves in his first win since Jan. 21.

Comeau scored twice in the second period, including an insurance goal with 17 seconds left that made it 5-2 and marked the Islanders’ first three-goal game since Jeff Tambellini accomplished the feat on Oct. 31.

Kane, who helped the Americans win a silver medal, had his 19th multipoint game this season. Chicago wasted a chance to tie San Jose (89 points) for the league’s best record.

Thrashers 4, Panthers 2

ATLANTA — Rich Peverley scored and added an assist to reach 100 career points, and Johan Hedberg made 34 saves as the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Colby Armstrong, Todd White and Pavel Kubina also scored for Atlanta, which returned from the Olympic break just outside a playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

Stephen Weiss scored for Florida and David Booth, who missed 45 games with a concussion, had his first goal since Oct. 24 and had an assist. Backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen made his first start time since Dec. 27 and made 35 saves.

Atlanta took the lead for good on White’s power-play goal off a feed from Peverley 7:33 into the second period.

Kubina made it a two-goal edge with 5:13 left in the second period, blasting a shot from the left side past Clemmensen just as another Atlanta power play was expiring.

Rangers 4, Senators 1

OTTAWA — Ryan Callahan had two goals, and the New York Rangers scored three times within 2:02 late in the second period of a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Callahan, a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won the silver medal, scored 22 seconds into the second to tie it at 2. He added his second of the game during New York’s three-goal outburst late in the middle period, which chased Ottawa’s Brian Elliott from the net.

Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for New York, which has won three in a row.

Milan Michalek scored his 21st for Ottawa, which entered the break in first place in the Northeast Division.

 Hurricanes 5, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO  — Chad LaRose had a goal and two assists, Justin Peters stopped 32 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 Tuesday night in the teams’ first game since the break for the Vancouver Olympics.

Tuomo Ruutu, Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Hurricanes, and Joni Pitkanen had two assists.

LaRose returned to the lineup after missing the previous seven games before the break due to injury, and Peters was making just his third NHL start. He stopped every shot the Leafs threw his way until John Mitchell finally broke the shutout bid with 5 minutes to go in the third.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere was shaky in goal for Toronto, finishing with 25 saves.

Canucks 4, Blue Jackets 3, OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored 1:33 into overtime as the Canucks rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday.

U.S. Olympic star Ryan Kessler missed the net wide right but the puck caromed off the end boards to Ehrhoff who snapped home a shot at the other side of the net for his 12th goal.

Kyle Wellwood scored the tying goal, his eighth, with 5:19 left in regulation, converting a pass from Mason Raymond into a wide open net after a horrible giveaway by defenseman Grant Clitsome near the Columbus goal. Wellwood also had an assist.

Alexandre Burrows and Pavol Demitra also found the net for Vancouver, who fell behind 2-0 after one period.

Andrew Raycroft finshed with 27 saves while filling in for Olympic gold medalist Roberto Luongo.

Flyers 7, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla.  — Mike Richards had a goal and three assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers used a five-goal third period to win their fifth straight game, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Claude Giroux scored two power-play goals, Simon Gagne had a man-advantage goal, Jeff Carter contributed a short-handed goal and James Van Riemsdyk added an even-strength goal in the third.

Dan Carcillo also scored for the Flyers, who won all four games against Tampa Bay this season.

Steven Stamkos had two goals to set a Tampa Bay record by extending his points streak to 14 games. He has 12 goals and 13 assists in the stretch.

Predators 4, Oilers 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jason Arnott scored the tiebreaking goal 5:02 into the third period, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Colin Wilson, Denis Grebeshkov and Shea Weber also scored for Nashville. Grebeshkov also had an assist while making his Predators debut against his former team, one day after being acquired from the Oilers in exchange for a second-round pick in this June’s NHL draft.

Mike Comrie, Gilbert Brule, and Marc Pouliot scored for Edmonton.

Neither team led by more than a goal, and Pouliot tied the score 3-3 at 2:54 of the third before Arnott put the Predators ahead for good.

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