NHL Roundup: Islanders beat Devils, hand them second regulation loss

New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov makes a save against New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Islanders won 6-4. (Adam Hunger/AP)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brock Nelson scored twice, Cal Clutterbuch had a goal and an assist and the New York Islanders beat New Jersey 6-4 Friday night, handing the first-place Devils just their second regulation loss in 21 games.

Anders Lee, Casey Cizikas and Oliver Wahlstrom also scored, and Mathew Barzal and Alexander Romanov each had two assists as New York improved to 8-2-0 in their last 10 trips to Prudential Center. Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves.

Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist, and Nico Hischier, Tomas Tatar and Dawson Mercer also scored for the Devils. Dougie Hamilton, Jesper Bratt and Jonas Siegenthaler each had two assists.

Vitek Vanecek started and gave up four goals on 17 shots before he was pulled early in the second period. Akira Schmid came on and finished with 13 saves the rest of the way.


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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Carter scored a power-play goal 1:36 into overtime as Pittsburgh took advantage of a penalty to Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner.

Skinner was ejected for cross-checking Jake Guentzel across the face with 22 seconds remaining in the opener of the two-game set. Skinner went after Guentzel at the boards in coming to the defense of goalie Craig Anderson, who was slashed by Guentzel after smothering the puck.

Guentzel, Rickard Rackell and Brock McGinn also scored for the Penguins, who have won four straight and improved to 11-2-2 in their past 15 in a run that immediately followed an 0-6-1 skid. Pittsburgh also improved to 7-0-1 in its past eight road games.

Tristan Jarry stopped 28 shots to improve to 8-0-2 in his past 10 starts, and 12-3-3 overall.

Skinner, Kyle Okposo and Victor Olofsson scored for the Sabres. Anderson finished with 29 saves.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Mantha and Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and assist and Washington won its third straight for the first time this season.

Marcus Johansson and Lars Eller also scored and Charlie Lindgren stopped 25 shots for the Capitals. Eller and Ovechkin sealed the with empty-netters in the final 1:06, with Ovechkin’s marking his 796th career goal.

Adam Larsson scored and Philipp Grubauer finished with 34 saves as Seattle lost its third straight.


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patrik Laine scored on Columbus’ first shot and the Blue Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak.

Eric Robinson and Sean Kuraly also scored to help Columbus end a six-game home losing streak. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 12 shots in the first period before suffering a lower-body injury. He was replaced in the second by Elvis Merzlikins, who had 21 saves.

Michael Stone scored for Calgary and Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots in his first start after sitting out three games. The Flames had won three in a row.

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