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NHL game roundup: Islanders, Penguins tied atop division

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 EditorsNote: Final Update: Adds Sharks-Ducks and Blues-Wild NHL game roundup: Islanders, Penguins tied atop division
 UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Right winger Cal Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal in the second period Saturday night as the New York Islanders concluded one of the best Novembers in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in front of a sellout crowd at Nassau Coliseum.

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 seconds left.

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 Arena.

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 goal.

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 Washington.

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 Maple Leafs.

Right winger Troy Brouwer and right winger Tom Wilson scored for the Capitals (10-9-4).

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 time.

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 overall.

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 Arena.

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 year.

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 shootout.

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 Staples Center.

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 those games.

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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