Islanders edge Devils in OT to take division lead
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Jon Tavares forced overtime with his first goal and clinched victory in the extra period with his second to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win at New Jersey on Friday, regaining the lead of the NHL Metropolitan Division.
The Islanders moved a point ahead of Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan and stayed within three points of Eastern Conference leader Tampa Bay, which had a tight win over Buffalo.
Tavares scored moments after a power play expired to tie the game 2-2, then in overtime, he took the puck from a fallen opponent behind the net, turned and roared into the right circle and snapped a shot over the shoulder of the goaltender.
Josh Bailey got the other goal for New York, which beat the Devils for the third time in as many games this season.
Scott Gomez and Travis Zajac scored for New Jersey.
Florida’s Thomas Fleischmann scored with 3:09 left in the third period to lead the Panthers to a thrilling 6-5 win over Calgary.
Fleischmann lifted a backhander over a defenseman and goalie Jonas Hiller for the winning goal just 45 seconds after Matt Stajan had equalized for the Flames.
Fleischman, Jonathan Huberdeau, Brad Boyes and Sean Bergenheim all finished with a goal and an assist for the Panthers while Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell also scored.
Stajan and T.J. Brodie each scored twice for the Flames, who lost their third straight.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored his 22nd goal of the season to break a third-period tie and give the Lightning a 2-1 win against Buffalo.
With 5:18 to play, Stamkos took a pass during a 2-on-1 and lifted a shot over Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth, who was under siege the final two periods and finished with 45 saves.
Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning, who have won seven of eight.
Cody McCormick scored the sole goal for Buffalo, which has lost seven straight, scoring only eight goals in that time.
Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist, helping the Maple Leafs over Columbus 5-2.
Edmonton’s Derek Roy had a goal and two assists to lift the struggling Oilers to a 5-2 victory over Chicago.