NHL Roundup

Islanders 5, Jets 4

John Tavares scored the winning goal in a shootout on Saturday to give the New York Islanders a win over Winnipeg and put a dent in the Jets' playoff drive.

Bryan Little tied the game for Winnipeg 4-4 at 17:59 of the third period, just seven seconds after Isles defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was called for interference. A rebound sent the puck at Little's left skate and he kicked it over to his stick before beating Evgeni Nabokov.

Tavares and Brad Boyes both beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the shootout, while Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored against New York's Nabokov.

Devils 6, Panthers 2

Patrik Elias scored twice and New Jersey kept with faint playoff hopes alive by rallying from a two-goal deficit for a win over Florida.

David Clarkson, whose big check seemed with wake up the Devils after they fell behind 2-0, tallied the go-ahead goal in a game New Jersey welcomed offensive catalyst Ilya Kovalchuk back to the lineup after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury.


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