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Blues rally to beat Islanders 6-4

December 7, 2014

UNIONDALE, New York (AP) — St. Louis’ Paul Stastny scored twice — including the go-ahead goal in the third period — as the Blues rallied to beat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Saturday, giving relief goaltender Martin Brodeur his first win for his new team and preventing the Islanders going top of the NHL standings.

The Blues stayed within a point of the Central Division leader which is now Chicago, which won at Nashville, while other key results saw Toronto had five different scorers in beating another in-form Canadian team in Vancouver, and San Jose won at Calgary.

St. Louis trailed 3-0 in the first period and hooked starting goaltender Jake Allen, replacing him with veteran Brodeur.

The Blues snapped a 4-4 tie at 13:26 of the third through Stastny, taking the lead for the first time .

Brodeur made 14 saves for career win No. 689 and his 52nd against the Islanders, the most for the 42-year-old goaltender against any team.

Chicago’s Marian Hossa scored two goals to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory over Nashville, leapfrogging the Predators to take over the Central lead.

Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which won its sixth game in a row.

Colin Wilson had the lone goal for Nashville, which saw its seven-game home winning streak end.

Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier made 44 saves as the Maple Leafs defeated Vancouver 5-2.

The Canucks lost despite outshooting the Leafs 46-28.

Jake Gardiner got credit on an own goal by Yannick Weber, and Richard Panik, Peter Holland and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Leafs while David Clarkson added an empty-netter.

Daniel Sedin and Christopher Tanev had Vancouver’s goals.

San Jose’s Logan Couture scored and set up Patrick Marleau’s tiebreaking goal as the Sharks beat Calgary 3-2.

Justin Braun also scored for the Sharks.

Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, who had won their previous four.

Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin scored twice and Christian Ehrhoff added the go-ahead goal with 1:50 remaining to give the Penguins a 3-2 win against Ottawa.

With the win, the Penguins lifted their record against Atlantic Division teams to 8-0-1.

David Legwand and Mike Zibanejad scored for the Senators, who have lost five in a row.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock took his 500th career victory as the Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2.

Darren Helm’s wrist shot broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period and capped a three-goal comeback.

Kevin Klein opened the scoring and Rick Nash added his 17th goal to send New York to the first break with a 2-0 lead but Detroit’s Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored a minute apart in the second to tie the score.

Dallas arrested a four-game slump with a 4-1 win against Montreal, with Tyler Seguin having two goals and an assist.

Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves to help the Blue Jackets defeat Tampa Bay 3-1 and bring up a third-straight win.

Philadelphia snapped a six-game slump with a 2-1 win against Los Angeles, with Steve Mason making 37 saves.

Boston’s Brad Marchand scored twice as the Bruins downed Arizona 5-2.

Washington’s Jay Beagle and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 3:25 apart in the second period to send the Capitals to a 4-1 victory over New Jersey.

Florida’s Nick Bjugstad scored late in the second period and rookie Aaron Ekblad had three assists as the Panthers defeated Buffalo 3-2.

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