Left winger Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders
(17-7-0), who went 11-3-0 in November to surge into a tie for first
place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Only one other Islanders team, the 1980-81 squad that won the second
of the franchise' s four straight Stanley Cups, recorded more wins
in November (12-1-2).
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in winning his ninth
straight start. He was particularly brilliant in the third period,
when the Devils didn't score despite outshooting the Islanders 16-2.
Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pittsburgh tied a franchise record with its 10th
win in November, getting goals from left winger Chris Kunitz and
defenseman Robert Bortuzzo less than two minutes apart in the first
period en route to a victory over Carolina.
The Penguins (16-5-2) also won 10 games in November in 1995 and
2010, and improved to 9-2-1 on the road -- the best mark in the
Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes (7-13-3) started the
month 5-0-1 but have now lost seven of nine.
Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff notched his first goal of the season
with 4:33 left, picking up his own rebound and lifting it over the
shoulder of Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin on a nice individual
effort down the right wing to give the Pens a 3-1 lead before
Carolina center Eric Staal scored on the power play with 11.7
Lightning 4, Senators 1
TAMPA, Fla. -- A big part of Tampa Bay's strong start has been
dominance on its home ice, and that continued as the Lightning
pulled away in the final period to a win over Ottawa at Amalie
Tampa Bay (16-6-2) improved to 10-2-1 at home -- only Los Angeles
got to 10 home wins faster -- while getting strong play in goal from
Ben Bishop, who improved to 14-3-2 after giving up the game's first
The Lightning took their first lead just 76 seconds into the third
period on center Alex Killorn's seventh goal of the season, deftly
redirecting a long shot from defenseman Anton Stralman in front of
the net to beat Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner.
Maple Leafs 6, Capitals 2
TORONTO -- Center Tyler Bozak scored two goals and Toronto defeated
Defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson, right winger David
Clarkson and left winger Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Maple
Leafs (12-8-3), who started a five-game home stand with the
convincing win. Right winger Phil Kessel added two assists for the
Right winger Troy Brouwer and right winger Tom Wilson scored for the
Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who started for the fifth
game in a row, made 34 saves.
Rangers 5, Flyers 2
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers continued their mastery of
Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden. Center Derick Brassard scored
twice as the Rangers beat the Flyers at home for the 10th straight
The score was tied 2-2 entering the third period, but the Rangers'
territorial advantage translated into three third-period goals that
broke the game open.
The Rangers swept the home-and-home series against the reeling
Flyers, who have lost eight of nine and haven't won at MSG since
Feb. 20, 2011. The Rangers have won four of five and two straight
Sabres 4, Canadiens 3 (SO)
MONTREAL -- Center Brian Flynn scored the shootout winner to give
Buffalo a win over Montreal at Bell Centre.
Flynn, center Zemgus Girgensons and right winger Chris Stewart
scored for Buffalo in regulation.
The Canadiens got goals from right winger Brendan Gallagher, who on
Saturday received a six-year contract extension, center Lars Eller
and left winger Max Pacioretty.
Goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 41 shots for the Sabres (8-4-12).
Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves for Montreal (16-7-2).
Predators 2, Blue Jackets 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Colin Wilson backhanded the rebound of center
Craig Smith's shot past goalkeeper Curtis McElhinney at 17:48 of the
third period, giving Nashville a win over Columbus at Bridgestone
McElhinney (1-6-1) stopped 40 of the first 41 shots, but he was in
no position to deny Wilson's game-winner, his fourth goal of the
The Predators (16-5-2) went 4-0-0 on their homestand and have won
nine of their last 11 games. Columbus (6-15-2) dropped its sixth
straight game and is 2-13-2 in its last 17 games.
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Blues 3, Wild 2
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored in
regulation and in a shootout as St. Louis continued its recent run
of dominance over Minnesota.
St. Louis (16-6-2), which has now won 10 of its past 11 meetings
with Minnesota, also got a goal from center David Backes to go along
with 36 saves by goalie Jake Allen to win for the fourth time in the
past five games.
The Wild (13-9-1) lost for the first time beyond regulation and got
goals from center Mikko Koivu and left winger Zach Parise. Parise,
Koivu and right winger Jason Pominville were stopped by Allen in the
Avalanche 5, Stars 2
DENVER -- Colorado scored three goals in a span of 5:45 to break
open a tie game, and the Avalanche beat Dallas.
Left winger Alex Tanguay had a goal and two assists and center Matt
Duchene and left winger Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and assist each
for the Avalanche (8-10-5).
Center Daniel Briere and right winger Jarome Iginla also scored, and
defenseman Tyson Barrie tied a career high with three assists for
the Avalanche. Center Cody Eakin and right wing Patrick Eaves scored
for the Stars, who allowed five goals on consecutive nights. Anders
Lindback finished with 42 saves.
Blackhawks 4, Kings 1
LOS ANGELES -- Two goals by center Brad Richards sparked Chicago to
a victory over Los Angeles before a sellout crowd of 18,471 at
In their first meeting since the Kings defeated the Blackhawks in
seven games in last season's Western Conference Final, Chicago
dictated from the start. In doing so, the Blackhawks (15-8-1) won
their sixth contest in their last seven outings and finished 5-1-0
on their six-game road trip.
The Kings (12-7-5) have lost three of their last four games.
Flames 3, Coyotes 0
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Center Jiri Hudler had a goal and two assists as
Calgary defeated Arizona at Gila River Arena. Hudler has eight
points in his last four games, including five goals, and the Flames
have won six of their last eight.
Calgary backup goalie Karri Ramo stopped 26 shots to post his second
straight road shutout and his fourth straight win overall to improve
to 3-0 against Arizona all-time with just three goals allowed in
The win kept the surprising Flames within one point of Vancouver for
the Pacific Division lead. Calgary is 9-5 away from home and its 18
road points are tied for the second most in the Western Conference.
Arizona dropped its fifth straight home game (0-3-2). The Coyotes
have gone 109 minutes and three seconds without a goal.
Sharks 6, Ducks 4
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose snapped its four-game losing streak
with a win that wasn't without its moments.
San Jose held a 5-1 lead in the late stages of the second period,
but had to hold on for dear life against first-place Anaheim until
Matt Nieto scored an empty-net power-play goal late in front of a
fourth straight non-sellout crowd (17,352) at SAP Center.
The Ducks whittled the hosts' lead to one goal when Anaheim center
Ryan Getzlaf turned a giveaway by left winger Patrick Marleau in the
San Jose end into a backhand goal at 4:20.
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