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Islanders rally for 4-3 win over Maple Leafs

March 10, 2015

TORONTO (AP) — John Tavares scored 4:38 into overtime to cap the New York Islanders’ two-goal comeback in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL on Monday.

Tavares, the Islanders captain, recorded his 33rd goal and 39th assist of the season, stretching his lead in the NHL scoring race to three points.

Tyler Kennedy, Frans Nielson and Casey Cizikas all scored in the third period for the Islanders, who have a three-point lead over the New York Rangers atop the Metropolitan Division.

Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves for the Islanders, who will host the Rangers on Tuesday.

In other games, Nashville ended a season-worst, six-game skid with a 2-1 overtime win over Arizona and San Jose recorded its 10th straight home victory over Pittsburgh, winning 2-1 in a shootout.

James Neal put in a rebound of Seth Jones’ shot 2:45 into overtime to give Nashville the victory. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators.

The Coyotes have lost 11 of 12 home games and 12 of 13 overall.

In San Jose, California, Tommy Wingels beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a backhand in the eighth round of the shootout and Antti Niemi made 39 saves and stopped seven of eight shootout attempts for the Sharks.

San Jose had lost nine of its previous 10 home games overall. The Sharks’ last home loss to the Penguins, however, came on Oct. 22, 1997.

In Detroit, Riley Sheahan scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jimmy Howard made 36 saves as the Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.

Vancouver beat Anaheim 2-1, its first win over the Ducks in regulation in more than two years. Zack Kassian scored in the third period to seal the win.

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