UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Frans Nielsen scored 24 seconds into overtime to give New York a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, snapping the Islanders’ losing streak at three games.
Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (12-13-7), Rob Schremp scored his first NHL goal, and Kyle Okposo had two assists.

David Krejci and Michael Ryder scored for Boston. The Bruins (16-9-6) had won two straight and were 8-1-1 in their previous 10.

The Islanders were finally back skating on home ice, beginning a stretch that includes nine out of 12 at the Coliseum. They played 20 of their first 31 on the road. That included 14 of the previous 17, a span in which they went 6-9-2. They dropped four of five on the last trip, getting outscored 13-4 in losing the final three.

In the two teams’ previous two meetings in Boston, the Bruins had their hands full with the Islanders, having to rally from three goals down to win 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 10 and then falling 4-1 on Nov. 16. And this third game followed the same pattern.
After a turnover in the Islanders’ end, Blake Comeau sent Nielsen in on a breakaway against goalie Tim Thomas, and Nielsen went to his backhand at the last instant to end it.

Boston outshot the Islanders 17-3 in the third period, but Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson stopped every shot to keep it a scoreless period and send the game to overtime.

The Islanders struck just 3:58 into the game against the Bruins, who arrived with the NHL’s No. 1 ranked penalty-killing unit after fending off the previous 16 power plays.

But after Boston was penalized for having too many men on the ice, Moulson got stopped in front by Thomas, and the puck deflected to Schremp behind the goal line at the right side of the net.

The center banked it in off Thomas’ right skate for a 1-0 lead.
Ryder tied it with 5:37 left in the period. Krejci carried the puck into the Islanders’ zone and fed Ryder near the top of the right circle, and the right wing wristed it past the glove of Roloson.

Then Marco Sturm beat Roloson when he swatted the puck out of the air with 1:41 to go until the first intermission, but the goal was immediately waved off because it was scored with a high stick, something a video review confirmed.

Sturm did set up the go-ahead goal approaching the midpoint of the second period, collecting a loose puck along the left-wing boards in the Islanders’ zone, then cruising through the left circle before centering to Krejci at the right doorstep for the goal.

But John Tavares backhanded a puck from behind the Bruins’ net to Moulson in front, and the left wing scored his 15th to tie it at 2-2 with 5:18 remaining in the second.

Senators 4, Hurricanes 2

OTTAWA — Alex Kovalev scored three times, including the 400th of his career, to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Saturday night.
With the score tied 2-2 late in the third, Kovalev took a shot on an Ottawa power play that deflected off the skate of Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison and past Manny Legace for goal No. 400. Kovalev added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Penguins 3, Panthers 2

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 37 seconds into overtime for Pittsburgh, 8-2-1 in its last 11 games.
Pascal Dupuis and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won all three games against the Panthers this season in overtime or a shootout by 3-2 scores.

Steven Reinprecht and Stephen Weiss scored for Florida.

Devils 4, Flyers 1

NEWARK, N.J. — Patrik Elias and Niclas Bergfors each scored two goals and Martin Brodeur made 22 saves for New Jersey.
Brian Rolston and Travis Zajac each added two assists for the Devils, winners of eight of their last 10 games. Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia. The Flyers have only two wins in their last 12 games.

Maple Leafs 6, Capitals 3

TORONTO — Matt Stajan had two goals and an assist and Toronto beat Washington, giving it three straight wins at home for the first time since January 2008.

Phil Kessel, Niklas Hagman, Lee Stempniak and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for Toronto, 7-3-0 in its last 10 games and 11-14-7 overall. Kessel also had two assists.

Thrashers 4, Canadiens 3

ATLANTA — Ilya Kovalchuk scored a power-play goal at 1:18 overtime, and Johan Hedberg stopped 16 shots to help Atlanta snap a three-game losing streak.

Christoph Schubert, Colby Armstrong and Nik Antropov scored for the Thrashers in regulation.

Andrei Kostitsyn had two second-period goals for Montreal, and Glen Metropolit also scored.

Ducks 3, Blue Jackets 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dan Sexton, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry scored goals and Jonas Hiller stopped 35 shots to lead Anaheim. R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus. The Blue Jackets have lost 10 of their last 12.

Sabres 3, Rangers 2

NEW YORK — Tough guy Patrick Kaleta scored twice for Buffalo, including the tiebreaking goal in the second period.
Derek Roy also scored, and Ryan Miller made 36 saves.

Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik had power-play goals for New York.


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