Islanders 5, Canucks 2
Calvin de Haan and Jordan Eberle scored goals one minute apart in the first period to spark the New York Islanders to a win over Vancouver on Tuesday night.
Eberle now has goals in three straight games and recorded his 400th NHL point as New York improved to 15-7-2 overall and 8-0-2 at Barclays Center. The Islanders are the only team in the league not have lost a game in regulation on home ice this season.
Andrew Ladd, Anders Lee and John Tavares also scored goals for New York, and rookie center Mathew Barzal recorded the primary assist on Eberle's goal.
Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for the Islanders.
Vancouver dropped to 11-10-4 with its third straight loss, all to the three teams in the New York City metropolitan area.
Thomas Vanek and Bo Horvat scored for the Canucks, while Anders Nilsson stopped 31 shots.
The game was the first NHL meeting for Barzal and Canucks rookie right winger Brock Boeser. Barzal entered the game with 23 points (six goals and 17 assists) in 23 games while Boeser had 22 points (11 goals and 11 assists) in 21 games. Barzal finished with an assist while Boeser did not record a point.
For all intents and purposes, New York put the game away in the opening period as the Islanders went into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead, thanks to de Haan's first of the year with 3:18 left in the period and Eberle's 10th of the season exactly one minute later.
Instead of sitting on their two-goal lead, New York kept attacking in the second period, and it paid off when Lee scored his 13th of the season at 3:46. Vancouver cut the deficit in half on Horvat's shorthanded goal at 6:33.
New York never trailed as Ladd opened the scoring with his 6th goal of the season on shorthanded breakaway at 5:16. Vanek tied the game with his sixth on the power play 58 seconds later with a tap-in.
Tavares' goal 13:35 into the third ended the scoring.
New York outshot Vancouver, 36-24. The Canucks finished the game 1 for 2 on the power play, and killed all three Islanders power plays.
Panthers 5, Rangers 4
Denis Malgin scored with 1:09 left and Florida recovered after giving up two three-goal leads to beat the New York Rangers.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, and Aleksander Barkov, Jamie McGinn and Micheal Haley also scored for Florida. James Reimer finished with 33 saves.
On the winning goal, Malgin fired a shot from the inside edge of the left circle to beat Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec for his first of the season.
Chris Kreider had two goals and an assist, Pavel Buchnevich added a goal and two assists, and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who snapped an eight-game winning streak at home and lost for just the third time in their last 13 games overall. David Desharnais had three assist to help New York tie it after trailing 3-0 and 4-1.
Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist gave up three goals on six shots before he was pulled late in the first period. Pavelec came on and stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced.
New York was playing without defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh for the fourth straight game, and leading-scorer Mika Zibanejad was a late scratch due to an upper body injury.
With Florida leading 4-3, Reimer denied a backhand attempt by Jimmy Vesey about 5 1/2 minutes into the third and Boo Nieves couldn't convert on a pass in front. Rick Nash then hit a post about 9 minutes in.
Kreider then tied it with his second goal of the game and 10th of the season with 6:32 remaining as he got a pass from Desharnais from the right side of the net and poked it past Reimer.
Miller pulled the Rangers to 3-1 at 4:04 of the second. Mats Zuccarello's initial shot from the left side deflected off a Panthers defenseman's stick and Miller fired it past Reimer for his fourth.
Huberdeau restored the Panthers' three-goal lead about 4 1/2 minutes later as he beat Pavelec after a scramble in front.
The Rangers then scored twice in a 1:50 span to pull within one. First, Kreider came from behind the net on the right side and passed it in front to Buchnevich, who tapped it past Reimer from the left side for his ninth at 9:26. Buchnevich then sent a pass from the right side to a streaking Kreider in front and he put it past Reimer for his ninth with 8:44 remaining in the middle period to make it 4-3.
Kevin Hayes appeared to tie it with 4:11 to go in the second, but the officials waved off the goal for goaltender interference due to incidental contact by Nash on Reimer. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault challenged the interference call, but it stood after a video review.
The Rangers appeared to have the better scoring chances in the first period while outshooting the Panthers 13-6, but trailed 3-0.
With the Rangers' Brady Skjei off for interference, Barkov got Florida on the scoreboard on a deflection 5:50 into the game. Jonathan Huberdeau fired a shot from the top of the left circle and the puck appeared to deflect off New York defenseman Brendan Smith's skate, off Barkov and in for his eighth on the Panthers' first shot on goal.
McGinn doubled Florida's lead at 9:34, firing a shot from outside the left circle past Lundqvist's blocker side for his fourth.
Haley then made it 3-0 with 3:13 left, firing the puck past Lundqvist from the left circle for his first of the season.
Lundqvist, who started for the 13th straight game, was then pulled with with Pavelec coming on for his second appearance since Oct. 28 at Montreal.
Lightning 2, Sabres 0
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves in his second shutout this season, and Tampa Bay ended a two-game skid with a victory over Buffalo.
Defenseman Dan Girardi and rookie Mikhail Sergachev had goals for the Lightning in the third of a four-game trip. Tampa Bay is off to the best start in franchise history (17-5-2) but had lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Vasilevskiy leads the NHL with 16 wins and has six career shutouts in 101 starts.
Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots for the Sabres, who were held scoreless for the second straight game and have lost nine of 10.
Sergachev scored his sixth goal of the year on a power play to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Tampa Bay has scored a power-play goal in nine of its last 10 games and leads the NHL in conversion rate.
Girardi got his first goal of the season midway through the second period. Girardi's slap shot from the top of the right circle deflected in off Buffalo's Marco Scandella.
Sharks 3, Flyers 1
Joe Thornton scored the go-ahead goal late in the first period and San Jose extended Philadelphia's longest losing streak in nearly 10 years to nine games.
Chris Tierney and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored and Logan Couture had two assists for the Sharks, who kicked off a four-game trip with their second straight win.
Claude Giroux scored 48 seconds in before the Flyers were blanked the rest of the way by backup Aaron Dell, who made 22 saves.
The Flyers are 0-4-5 since their last win, Nov. 9 against Chicago. It's the longest skid since an 0-8-2 stretch in February 2008.
The home crowd let the Flyers have it, booing the team off the ice after the second period and intermittently in the third. There were also "Fire Hakstol" chants by some fans in the upper deck. Coach Dave Hakstol mixed up some lines but was unable to halt the worst stretch of his three seasons in charge.
San Jose was without top goaltender Martin Jones, who sustained an unspecified injury near the end of his shutout of Winnipeg on Saturday. Jones traveled and is expected to play on the trip.
After Giroux's 11th goal, Dell looked sharp. Tierney tied it from the right circle at 10:29, and then Thornton's 5-on-3 goal with 1:18 left in the first period put the Sharks ahead 2-1.
Vlasic scored with 3:56 left in the second period.
It marked the seventh time in nine games the Flyers have blown a lead during their skid. And undisciplined play continues to be a problem.
Philadelphia took three penalties in 3 minutes late in the first period. Then while trailing 2-1, the Flyers went on the power play early in the second period, only to have it negated 9 seconds later when Jakub Voracek tripped Tomas Hertl.
On the second day of a back-to-back, Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves for the Flyers. Neuvirth started in place of Brian Elliott in his first action since he was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver on Nov. 21.
The Sharks earned a split in the season series after losing on opening night to the Flyers 5-3 behind Wayne Simmonds' hat trick. Simmonds has scored just four goals in 24 games since.
Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2
Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout to give Columbus a win over Carolina.
Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist, and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won their first game after their season-best six-game winning streak ended. Columbus has won five in a row at home.
Joonas Korpisalo, making a rare start in place of Sergei Bobrovsky, made 29 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped two more shots in the shootout for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky leads the league in save percentage and goals-against average and got his first night off in three weeks as Korpisalo made his fifth start.
Noah Hanifan scored in the first period for Carolina, and Brock McGinn tied it midway through the third. Scott Darling had 36 saves for the Hurricanes, who had gone 6-3-1 in their past 10 games.
Columbus outshot Carolina 5-2 in overtime.
Down a goal and starting to find more open ice in the third period, McGinn sent a shot from the slot past Korpisalo for his sixth goal this season.
Anderson put Columbus on the board early in the opening period with his team-leading ninth goal, converting a 2-on-1 one-handed feed from Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Columbus struck quickly again in the second period to pull ahead 2-1 when Werenski sent a wrist shot from the right circle over Darling's glove. Alexander Wennberg, out the last six games with an injury, pulled up inside the blue line and sent a cross-ice pass to set up Werenski.
Kings 4, Red Wings 1
Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar scored 2:10 apart late in the second period to put Los Angeles ahead and it went on to beat Detroit.
Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, including some spectacular stops in the second period that kept the Kings within a goal.
His teammates took advantage.
After Brown and Kopitar puts the Kings ahead, they pulled away in the third. Adrian Kempe scored early in the period and Kopitar's second goal of the game gave Los Angeles a three-goal cushion with 7-plus minutes left.
The Red Wings started strong, but couldn't recover when they failed to get another shot past Quick.
Detroit's Mike Green broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and Jimmy Howard finished with 32 saves.
The Kings have won two straight after losing three in a row and seven of eight.
The Red Wings have lost five straight, one shy of their season-long skid from last month, after winning six of the previous nine games.
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