UNIONDALE, New York (AP) — Nikolay Kulemin had two goals and an assist as the New York Islanders reclaimed first place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
Following its last game before the All-Star break, New York is assured of being on top of the Metropolitan Division when it resumes play next week. The Islanders, 15-2 against divisional foes, are off until they host the New York Rangers next Tuesday. The Islanders are 16-4 overall at home.
Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Nick Leddy each had a goal and an assist.
Grabner gave the Islanders the lead on their first shot, and Kulemin made it 3-0 with a short-handed tally on New York’s first shot of the second period. Kulemin also scored in between, and Josh Bailey and Tavares found the net in the Islanders’ three-goal middle period.
FLAMES 2, KINGS 1, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Wideman scored 4:08 into overtime as Calgary rallied for its fourth straight victory.
Sean Monahan tied it with 6:05 left in regulation for the Flames, who are unbeaten on their five-game Pacific Division road trip. Joni Ortio stopped 33 shots in his fourth straight win as Calgary moved past Los Angeles into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the victory.
Matt Greene scored midway through the third period and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who wrapped up their seven-game homestand with a dismal 1-2-4 record and dropped out of the playoff picture.
Wideman’s goal wasn’t confirmed until video review confirmed his shot had ricocheted off the camera inside the net.
CANUCKS 2, PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Radim Vrbata and Bo Horvat scored, and Ryan Miller stopped 23 shots to lead Vancouver to its third straight win.
Brandon Pirri spoiled Miller’s bid for a third straight shutout with 2:32 remaining, ending the goalie’s career-best scoreless streak at 200:45. Miller, who had blanked Philadelphia and Carolina in his last two starts, topped his previous best scoreless streak of 161:35, set in 2010 with Buffalo
Vancouver improved to 3-1 on a five-game road trip.
The Panthers have lost a season-worst four straight.
Vrbata put Vancouver ahead at 3:25 of the first period and Horvat doubled the lead at 8:03.
BLUES 3, AVALANCHE 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had a goal and assist as St. Louis’ defense stifled Colorado.
Brian Elliott made 17 saves, T.J. Oshie also scored and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson got his second goal of the season for the Blues. St. Louis has scored in a season-best eight consecutive games, going 7-0-1 in that stretch.
Alexander Steen had two assists, giving him 18 points during a 10-game points streak. Ken Hitchcock won his 153rd game with St. Louis, tied with Brian Sutter for second on the franchise list.
The Blues have won eight of nine at home against Colorado.
Matt Duchene scored for the Avalanche, who finished 1-2-2 on a five-game road trip.
BLUE JACKETS 3, WILD 1
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — James Wisniewski had the go-ahead goal, two assists and made a critical defensive play in the crease late in the third period to help Columbus beat Minnesota.
Brandon Dubinsky scored early for the Blue Jackets, and Scott Hartnell tipped in Wisniewski’s shot with 3:03 left to seal the victory for goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. The All-Star made 25 saves to improve to 5-1 in his career against the Wild and win for the first time in five starts. Bobrovsky posted a 3.55 goals-against average in those previous four losses.
Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who fell to 4-9-4 over their last 17 games.
HURRICANES 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Eric Staal scored twice and Anton Khudobin stopped 34 shots to lead Carolina.
Brad Malone and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who improved to 6-2-1 this month.
Nazem Kadri scored with 5:11 remaining to end Khudobin’s shutout bid and end Toronto’s scoring drought at 162:14. The Maple Leafs, back home after a winless four-game trip, have lost five straight and fell to 1-6-0 under interim coach Peter Horachek.
The Hurricanes controlled play against the Leafs, chasing starting goalie Jonathan Bernier after he gave up Staal’s first goal in the opening minute of the second period. Bernier gave up three goals on 13 shots, and was replaced by James Reimer — who stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Staal capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 1:34 remaining in the game.
DEVILS 5, SHARKS 2
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Mike Cammalleri scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal late in the second period to help New Jersey beat San Jose.
Steve Bernier, Jordin Tootoo, Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson also scored for the Devils, who bookended wins over Los Angeles and San Jose around a lopsided loss in Anaheim on what proved to be a successful California swing.
Cory Schneider made 34 saves one game after being knocked after getting hit in the head by a puck.
Joe Pavelski and Matt Nieto scored for the Sharks, who have lost five of six home games and have already surpassed last year’s total of regulation home losses with their eighth this season. Alex Stalock made 29 saves as he set a career high in goals allowed in a game.