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Senators top Islanders to pull within wild card playoff spot

March 14, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Puempel and Kyle Turris scored second-period goals, and backup Andrew Hammond made 34 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Friday night.

Ottawa improved to 9-1-1 in its last 11 games to remain within striking distance of Boston for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators trail the Bruins by five points with both teams having 15 games remaining.

Hammond made 22 saves in the second period, including a mask stop on Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Elsewhere in the league, Dallas scored three power-play goals to beat Washington 4-2, Columbus ended a five-game home losing streak with a 5-4 shootout win over Edmonton, Anaheim ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Minnesota, and Calgary used a four-goal first period to beat Toronto 6-3.

Dallas’ Vernon Fiddler notched a goal and an assist, and Shawn Horcoff and Tyler Seguin added man-advantage goals for Dallas, which completed its season-high, five-game road trip with three straight victories.

The three power-play goals are the second most the Stars have scored in a game this season. They netted four in a 5-2 victory over Winnipeg on Jan. 31.

Columbus’ Alexander Wennberg scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Blue Jackets. Wennberg, who scored his first NHL shootout goal on his third try, also had two assists.

Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg had the go-ahead goal and an assist and John Gibson stopped 32 shots for the Ducks, who improved to 27-1-7 in one-goal games this season, including three such wins against the Wild.

Calgary’s Sean Monahan scored twice in his first career three-point game to lead the Flames. He has 10 goals in his last 13 games. The Flames moved into second place in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of Vancouver, which has one game in hand.

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