Isles top Rangers 6-1, tie Capitals for 1st place in East

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)Josh Bailey scored twice, Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and three assists, and the New York Islanders beat the Rangers 6-1 Tuesday night.

Jordan Eberle and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson also scored. Semyon Varlamov stopped 25 shots to help the Islanders win their second straight and seventh in the last 10 to pull into a tie with Washington atop the East Division ahead of a stretch of three straight games against the Capitals.

Kevin Rooney scored for the Rangers, who had won four straight – all against New Jersey – and lost in regulation for just the second time in 12 games (8-2-2). Igor Shesterkin finished with 22 saves to fall to 0-3-1 in four career starts against the Islanders.

PENGUINS 7, DEVILS 6

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jeff Carter picked up his first goal in Pittsburgh as part of a first-period deluge and the Penguins held on to beat New Jersey.

Pittsburgh led 6-0 entering the third before the Devils put together a furious rally. Andreas Johnsson pulled New Jersey within one with 41 seconds remaining but the Devils couldn’t generate another shot with the goaltender pulled.

Bryan Rust, Mike Matheson, Brian Dumoulin also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues each had a goal and an assist, and Jared McCann added two assists to give him 15 points in his last 14 games.

Tristan Jarry finished with 24 saves to win for the seventh time in his last eight starts.

New Jersey’s Scott Wedgewood stopped just nine of the 13 shots he faced before being pulled in favor of Aaron Dell to start the second period.

Johnsson, Nico Hischier, Yegor Sharangovich, Nathan Bastian, Jack Hughes and Nolan Foote all scored in the third period but couldn’t stop New Jersey from dropping its seventh straight.

KINGS 4, DUCKS 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Andreas Athanasiou and Blake Lizotte each had a goal and two assists and Los Angeles beat Anaheim.

Anze Kopitar and Carl Grundstrom also scored for the Kings. Cal Petersen made 24 saves.

Cam Fowler scored, Anthony Stolarz made 18 saves and the Ducks lost their third straight.

The teams played in front of about 1,500 fans, who were allowed into the Staples Center for the first time in more than a year due to the pandemic.

BRUINS 2, SABRES 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Tuukka Rask recorded his first shutout of the season and Boston extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over Buffalo.

Rask made 32 saves including a highlight-reel save on Sabres rookie Dylan Cozens in the first period that helped give the Bruins their seventh win in nine games.

Brad Marchand and Connor Clifton scored for Boston, which held on to fourth place in the Eastern Division.

Dustin Tokarski made 35 saves for Buffalo.

HURRICANES 4, LIGHTNING 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Nino Niedereitter, Jordan Staal and Steven Lorentz scored second-period goals to lead Carolina over Tampa Bay.

Jordan Martinook added an empty net goal with 2.2 seconds left. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 26 shots for the victory.

Brayden Point scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 32 saves.

PANTHERS 5, BLUE JACKETS 1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Sam Bennett scored two goals and Spencer Knight made 33 saves in his NHL debut to lift Florida over Columbus.

Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists, Aleksander Barkov scored for the first time in four games, and Ryan Lomberg added a goal for Florida. Anthony Duclair had three assists. The Panthers are 7-0-1 against the Blue Jackets this season.

Jack Roslovik scored for the Blue Jackets, and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 28 shots.

STARS 5, RED WINGS 2

DALLAS (AP) – Rookie Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist in the first period and Dallas beat Detroit to sweep back-to-back games against the Red Wings and extend its winning streak to four games.

Joe Pavelski, Tanner Kero, Blake Comeau and Jamie Oleksiak also scored for the Stars (19-14-12). Stars rookie goaltender Jake Oettinger made 24 saves and improved to 9-5-6.

Valtteri Filppula and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings. Jonathan Bernier allowed all four goals on 12 shots and was replaced 3:36 into the second period by Thomas Greiss, who stopped 11 shots.

CANUCKS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Tanner Pearson and Brandon Sutter each scored twice, and Vancouver beat Toronto.

Quinn Hughes had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, Nils Hoglander also scored and J.T. Miller had two assists. Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots in the Canucks return from a massive COVID-19 outbreak.

John Tavares had two goals for the Maple Leafs, who lost their fifth straight but remain atop the North Division. Adam Brooks also scored for Toronto and William Nylander had two assists. David Rittich finished with 23 saves.

It was the Canucks’ second straight win over the Maple Leafs, giving Vancouver a 4-3 edge in the season series with two games left to play.

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