Wait Ends For Isles
New York — Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the New York Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.
Vanek scored during a two-man advantage at 1:18 of the third to give the Islanders just their second win in 15 games and first in regulation since Nov. 12 against Nashville. They were 2-10-4 since then.
Cal Clutterbuck scored a short-handed, penalty-shot goal, and Michael Grabner added a short-handed tally in the first period. Defenseman Brian Strait scored in the second, and Grabner added an empty-netter with 50.3 seconds left for the Islanders.
Ducks 3, Devils 2 (ot)
Newark, n.j. — Kyle Palmieri scored at 2:37 of overtime, and the Ducks extended their winning streak to seven games.
Palmieri, from nearby Montvale, N.J., swung around Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and circled behind the New Jersey goal. He then tucked a wraparound behind goaltender Cory Schneider.
Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2
Raleigh, n.c. — Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist, and Washington scored three power-play goals in the second period of a win over Carolina.
Marcus Johansson and John Carlson also scored with the man advantage and Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all four goals to help the second-place Capitals win their fifth in seven games. Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal into an empty net with 24.5 seconds left.
Canucks 3 Blackhawks 2 (so)
Chicago — Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in an eight-round shootout, and Vancouver rallied to defeat Chicago.
Kesler fired a high shot past Antti Raanta to help Vancouver end a two-game losing streak. Mike Santorelli was successful in the first round as the Canucks improved to 2-4 in shootouts.
Jets 5, Panthers 2
Winnipeg, Manitoba — Evander Kane, Michael Frolik and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist, helping Winnipeg cool off Florida.
Toby Enstrom and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg in its first home win since Nov. 15. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves.
Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad scored for the tired-looking Panthers, who had won five in a row. Both goals were unassisted, and thanks to giveaways by the Jets deep in their own zone.