Nelson’s 3-goal third period powers Islanders past Stars 4-2

March 20, 2022 GMT
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson, center, celebrates after scoring a hat-trick goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson, center, celebrates after scoring a hat-trick goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson, center, celebrates after scoring a hat-trick goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson, center, celebrates after scoring a hat-trick goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson, center, celebrates after scoring a hat-trick goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Brock Nelson scored three times in the third period for his fourth career hat trick, Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves and the New York Islanders topped the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Saturday.

Ryan Pulock also scored for New York, which extended its point streak to six games and won for the fifth time in six games.

Denis Gurianov and Jacob Peterson each had a goal and an assist, but the Stars lost for the fourth time in five games. Jake Oettinger made 21 saves in his 33rd appearance this season.

Nelson scored twice within a span of 1:38 to give the Islanders a two-goal advantage in the early portion of the third period. He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal at 19:40 and set a career high with 27 goals this season.

OILERS 6, DEVILS 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Evander Kane scored twice, Connor McDavid had a goal and a pair of assists, and Edmonton used a four-goal third period to top New Jersey for its fifth straight victory.

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McDavid’s empty-netter extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and gave him 90 points on the season. Leon Draisaitl, Tyson Barrie and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers, who have the NHL’s longest active winning streak.

Jesper Bratt had two goals and an assist and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, who have lost three in a row and four of their last five.

Mikko Koskinen finished with 25 saves and improved to 11-1-2 in his last 14 starts. Jon Gillies stopped 34 shots.

PENGUINS 4, COYOTES 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored third-period goals to help Pittsburgh beat Arizona.

Malkin broke a 1-1 tie with 7:24 to play. He was stopped on a drive to the net against Scott Wedgewood, but finally corralled the puck and chipped it in for his 11th goal of the season. The Russian center has only played 27 games this season due to injuries.

Playing in front of many Pittsburgh fans in the desert, Crosby picked up a rebound off Jake Guentzel’s shot to score with 3:37 left, and added an empty-net goal with 1:50 to play.

Kasperi Kapanen also scored for Pittsburgh. Clayton Keller scored for Arizona.

RANGERS 2, LIGHTNING 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mika Zibanejad scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 16 seconds left in the third period and New York edged Tampa Bay.

Jacob Trouba also scored and Igor Shesterkin stopped 28 shots for New York.

Brayden Point scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 25 saves for the Lightning, who were coming off a 3-3 road trip.

Zibanejad scored from the left circle off a nifty pass from Artemi Panarin. The Rangers’ second-ranked power play went 1 for 6.

Brandon Hagel, acquired by Tampa Bay from Chicago on Friday, was held without a point.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, KINGS 1

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Logan Thompson stopped 37 shots and Vegas beat Los Angeles.

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Thompson, last season’s American Hockey League goalie of the year for Vegas’ affiliate in nearby Henderson, picked up his second straight win for the Golden Knights, who have won two straight after a franchise-worst five-game losing streak.

Evgenii Dadonov, Chandler Stephenson, Mattias Janmark, Alex Pietrangelo and Michael Amadio scored for the Golden Knights.

Phillip Danault scored for Los Angeles, and Cal Petersen made 19 saves.

WILD 3, BLACKHAWKS 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman scored with 3:13 left in the game, and Minnesota beat Chicago to finish off a four-game season sweep of its Central Division rival.

Frederick Gaudreau and Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota. Cam Talbot made 21 saves to win his fifth straight, improving to 9-4-0 in his last 13 starts.

Seth Jones scored his first goal in 36 games for the Blackhawks, and Kevin Lankinen made 31 saves. Lankinen started in goal instead of Marc-Andre Fleury, who could be moved to a contender by Monday’s trade deadline.

BLUE JACKETS 5, BLUES 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gus Nyquist, Patrik Laine and Emil Bemstrom each had a goal and an assist, lifting Columbus over St. Louis and sending the Blues to their third straight loss.

Sean Kuraly and Jakub Voracek also scored, and Eric Robinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand each added two assists in Columbus’ fourth win in five games. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 19 shots before being replaced by Joonas Kopisalo due to injury in the third.

David Perron had a hat trick and an assist, and rookie Alexi Toropchenko scored for the Blues, who have lost seven of their last nine and cling to second place in the Central Division by a single point over the Minnesota Wild. Ville Husso stopped 22 shots.

PEDATORS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eeli Tolvanen, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Yakov Trenin each had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville past Toronto.

Forsberg’s goal at 12:11 of the third period gave him 33 on the season and 211 for his career, setting a Nashville record.

Tanner Jeannot and Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators, who have won three of four. Juuse Saros made 38 saves, Roman Josi had three assists and Colton Sissons added two.

Mitchell Marner had two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews added a goal and an assist, and Erik Kallgren made 28 saves for Toronto, which won its previous two games.

CANADIENS 5, SENATORS 1

MONTREAL (AP) — Jake Allen made 29 saves for his first victory since late November, helping Montreal beat Ottawa.

Jake Evans had a goal and an assist for Montreal, and Paul Byron, Cole Caufield, Joel Armia and Brett Kulak also scored.

Allen recently returned from an injury sustained in January. He last won Nov. 27 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Josh Norris scored for Ottawa, and Filip Gustavsson made 22 saves.

KRAKEN 4, RED WINGS 2

SEATTLE (AP) — Yanni Gourde scored two of Seattle’s four goals in the third period, including the winner with 6:47 remaining, and the Kraken rallied to beat Detroit.

Jaden Schwartz and defenseman Adam Larsson also scored for the Kraken, who dominated much of the game and finished with a 42-24 shots advantage. Still, they trailed 2-0 entering the third.

Joe Veleno and Taro Hirose had the goals for the Red Wings, who have dropped seven of eight. Alex Nedeljkovic made 38 saves.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots for the Kraken.

FLAMES 5, CANUCKS 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists, and Rasmus Andersson added a goal and an assist in Calgary’s victory over Vancouver.

Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary. Dan Vladar made 23 saves to help the Flames bounce back from a 1-0 loss in overtime at home to Buffalo on Friday night.

Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser scored for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko stopped 25 of 29 shots through two periods, and Jaroslav Halak had 14 saves in the third in his first appearance since Feb. 28.

The Flames outshot Vancouver 44-25.

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