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Eberle, Bailey help Islanders take 2-0 series lead over Penguins

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored in the third period and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Anthony Beauvillier also scored and Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots to help New York open a postseason series with two wins for the first time since sweeping Edmonton in the 1983 Stanley Cup Final for the Islanders' fourth straight championship.

Mathew Barzal had two assists in a chippy, physical game that featured a lot of hard hits and some skirmishes, especially in the first two periods - and also after the final buzzer.

Erik Gudbranson scored and Matt Murray finished with 31 saves for the Penguins, who have lost the first two games of a postseason series for the first time since the 2013 Eastern Conference finals against Boston.

Game 3 is Sunday at Pittsburgh.

After a turnover by the Penguins near their own blue line, Barzal sent the puck up to Eberle on the right side and he skated across the front and sent a backhand in at 7:54 of the third to give the Islanders their first lead of the night at 2-1.

Bailey, who had the overtime winner in Game 1 on Wednesday night, then gave New York a two-goal lead with a power-play score with 8:22 remaining on New York's sixth man-advantage of the night. Devon Toews fired a shot that hit Anders Lee, and the puck came to Bailey, who put it in from the right side.

The Penguins pulled Murray for an extra skater with 2:44 remaining, but couldn't take advantage. Lehner made a nice glove save on Phil Kessel from the right circle, drawing chants of ''Leh-ner! Leh-ner!'' from the raucous home crowd.

After a scoreless first period, Pittsburgh's Matt Cullen had an open look at a rebound from the right circle 1:13 into the second that Lehner stopped with a pad save into his glove.

The Islanders had a 5-on-3 advantage for about a minute in the second period, but couldn't beat Murray. The Penguins' goalie then had a diving stop on Matt Martin in front about 7:44 in, and a stick save on a slap sot by Ryan Pulock 10 seconds later.

Brian Dumoulin hit a goalpost for Pittsburgh at about the 9-minute mark.

Gudbranson then gave the Penguins their first lead of the series as he took a pass from Evgeni Malkin and fired a one-timer from straightaway inside the blue line that beat Lehner's blocker side and went in off the post with 9:24 remaining in the second. It was Gudbranson's first career playoff point.

Beauvillier tied it with 6:35 left in the period with his first career playoff goal as he knocked in the loose puck in front after Murray was out of position following a save on Barzal's initial try on a 3-on-2 break

While some of the Islanders began celebrating the goal, fights broke out to Murray's left. Barzal was given a double-minor for roughing, while Pittsburgh's Marcus Pettersson received a 2-minute penalty.

The Islanders outshot the Penguins 11-7 in the scoreless first period.

Lehner made a save on Sidney Crosby's backhand try in front about 4 minutes in. Toews hit the right post with a long slap shot from straightaway from the blue line a little more than 5 minutes later. Phil Kessel was denied on a shot from the left circle with just under 7 minutes remaining

NOTES: Murray has lost consecutive playoff games for the fourth time. He also did it in Games 3 and 4 of 2017 Stanley Cup Final against Nashville, and Games 2-3 and 5-6 against Washington in second round last year. ... Penguins F Jared McCann sat out due to an upper-body injury. He was replaced in the lineup by F Teddy Blueger, making his playoff debut. D Jack Johnson was back in the lineup after sitting out Game 1. He had played in all 82 games during the regular season. D Olli Maatta sat out to make room. ... The Islanders, who were 3 for 50 on the power play over the final 22 games of the season to finish 29th at 14.5 percent, are now 2 for 8 in this series. ... New York was 38-2-2 in regular season when scoring at least 3 goals, and is now 2-0 in playoffs.

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The series shifts Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Sunday and Game 4 on Tuesday night.

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Marner scores twice as Leafs top Bruins in Game 1

BOSTON (AP) Mitch Marner scored twice, the second on a short-handed penalty shot to give Toronto the lead for good, and the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Thursday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

It was Toronto's first postseason penalty shot in 20 years.

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves and William Nylander and John Tavares also scored for Toronto, which swiped the home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series as it tries to advance through Boston for the first time in six tries.

Game 2 is Saturday night.

Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, and Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal midway through the first on a pass from Brad Marchand. But Marner tied it with about three minutes left in the period, sweeping in a rebound with such force he knocked himself off his skates.

Then, about three minutes into the second and Boston on a power play, the puck popped toward center ice and Marner had a clear path to the goal. When he was just outside the crease, Jake DeBrusk was called for bringing him down from behind, and sending him crashing into Rask.

Marner lined up for the penalty shot, came at Rask from the left side and then slid over to the right faster than the goalie could follow. He flipped the puck into the open net to make it 2-1.

Nazem Kadri sent Nylander off on a breakaway to make it 3-1 with 95 seconds left in the period. Rask came up with a pair of saves in the final minute to keep things from getting out of control, stopping Tavares on a breakaway with 38 seconds left and then a 3-on-1 at the horn.

Boston pulled the goalie with 2:35 left, but Tavares scored off a center-ice faceoff with 79 seconds left.

NOTES: The Leafs have only been awarded four postseason penalty shots, and the only other time they have scored was Mats Sundin against Buffalo on May 29, 1999. ... The Bruins have given up six postseason penalty shots, just two of them successful. The last attempt was by Philadelphia's Ville Leino in 2010. ... The Bruins outshot Toronto 21-14 in the second period, but gave up two goals. ... Toronto trade deadline acquisition Jake Muzzin missed the final regular-season game, but played Thursday and assisted on Marner's first goal.

UP NEXT

Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston before the series moves to Toronto for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.

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Avalanche pick up key point in SO loss vs. Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Ryan O'Reilly scored the only goal in a shootout and the St. Louis Blues slowed Colorado's playoff push with a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche on Monday night.

Trying to hold onto the final postseason spot in the Western Conference, the Avalanche had won four straight and were 6-0-1 in their previous seven games. They earned one point to move two ahead of Arizona for the second wild card in the West. Both teams have three games remaining.

Colorado is three points behind Dallas for the top wild card. By getting to 86 points, the Avalanche eliminated Edmonton from playoff contention.

Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in regulation for the Blues, who improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight games. St. Louis has already wrapped up a playoff berth and still has a chance to win the Central Division.

Jordan Binnington made 24 saves in his 22nd win of the season, tying Jake Allen for the most by a Blues rookie goaltender.

Alexander Kerfoot and Gabriel Landeskog scored in the third period for the Avalanche.

O'Reilly scored on the Blues' second attempt in the shootout. Colorado missed all three of its shots.

St. Louis improved to 2-2 in shootouts this season. Colorado fell to 2-2.

The Avalanche outshot the Blues 3-2 in overtime. For the game, St. Louis outshot Colorado 27-26.

Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer had 25 saves.

The Avalanche tied it late in the third when Kerfoot scored at 19:13. Colorado had an extra man on the ice as Grubauer was pulled with 2:16 to play in the period. Kerfoot redirected in a shot from Landeskog, who scored earlier in the period.

Schwartz scored in the first period and Tarasenko scored early in the third for St. Louis.

Schwartz took a cross-ice pass from Oskar Sundqvist and tipped it in at 7:07 of the first period. It was the first goal in six games for Schwartz.

That goal made up for one that was taken away earlier. Tyler Bozak scored 1:40 into the game but the goal was disallowed. Bozak was ruled offside on the play.

Colorado got its first shot on goal at 14:47 of the first period. St. Louis outshot the Avalanche 15-2 in the period.

Neither team scored in the second as Colorado outshot the Blues 10-3.

Taraskenko gave the Blues a 2-0 lead just 14 seconds into the third. Tarasenko scored his 31st of the season when he put in a rebound of a shot by O'Reilly.

With that goal, Tarasenko into sole possession of fifth place in Blues history with 209 goals, passing Keith Tkachuk.

Colorado cut the lead to 2-1 when Landeskog scored on a deflection at 6:30. It was Landeskog's 34th goal this season.

The win gave the Blues a season sweep over Colorado for the first time in team hisory. St. Louis did sweep the franchise four times when it was located in Quebec and called the Nordiques, with the last time coming in 1991-92. The Blues went 4-0-0 against the Avalanche this season, outscoring Colorado 12-5. At home, the Blues are 7-1-0 in their last eight games against Colorado.

NOTES: Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon needs one goal to reach 40 for the first time in his career and two points to reach 400 in the NHL. Last season, he scored a career-high 39 goals. The last 40-goal scorer for Colorado was Milan Hejduk, who had 50 in the 2002-03 season. ... St. Louis D Jay Bouwmeester needs one assist for 100 with the Blues. ... Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. ... Colorado had a streak snapped in the loss. The Avalanche had scored the first goal in their previous eight games and nine of their last 10 before Monday. ... Linesman Tim Nowak officiated the game. It was his last game in a 26-year career that spanned 1,729 regular-season games and 114 playoff games. ... Since Craig Berube took over as coach on Nov. 19, 2018, the Blues are 36-19-5.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Blues: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

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Scheifele’s 3 points help Jets hand Bruins 3rd straight loss

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over Boston on Thursday night, handing the Bruins their third straight loss.

Blake Wheeler added a goal and an assist, and Jacob Trouba and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for the Jets, who snapped a two-game skid and improved to 5-5 in their last 10 games. Patrik Laine had two assists and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots as Winnipeg moved three points ahead of Nashville atop the Central Division.

Charlie McAvoy, Joakim Nordstrom and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston and David Krejci had two assists. Tuukka Rask finished with 20 saves.

Ehlers scored the eventual game-winner with just under 7 minutes left after Trouba put the Jets ahead 3-2 earlier in the third period.

Coyle got Boston within one with 2:56 remaining, but the Bruins couldn't tie it up with an extra attacker.

Winnipeg's top line of Laine, Scheifele and Wheeler did the early damage, giving the home team a 2-0 lead in the opening period that turned into a 2-2 contest midway through the second.

Wheeler scored his 20th of the season 1:08 into the game off a rebound after Laine's one-timer hit the crossbar.

Laine found Scheifele rushing to the net on the power play and sent him a pass for his career-high, team-leading 33rd with 8:36 left in the opening period. Scheifele had been held off the scoresheet the previous four games.

McAvoy's high shot with 2:37 remaining in the period cut the lead to 2-1 and Nordstrom tied it up midway through the second when he banged in a rebound behind a sprawled Hellebuyck.

The Jets had a chance to go ahead with their second power play of the game a few minutes later, but Laine twice hit a post.

NOTES: The Bruins were without injured D Torey Krug (upper body). ... Boston outshot Winnipeg 30-19 after two periods, and 39-24 for the game.

UP NEXT

Bruins: host Columbus n Saturday.

Jets: Host Calgary on Saturday to finish a three-game homestand.

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Gaudreau notches 6 points as Flames scorch Devils

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau became the first player in more than five years to record six points in a game, and the Calgary Flames scored six times in the third period to scorch the New Jersey Devils 9-4 on Tuesday night.

Gaudreau had a hat trick, including the go-ahead goal on a penalty shot in the third period, and added three assists for the Flames, who became the only team to score nine goals in a game twice this season.

Gaudreau's six-point game is the first in the NHL since Dallas' Jamie Benn on Nov. 14, 2013, at Calgary. He's the first Flames player to accomplish the feat since Al MacInnis on March 20, 1994.

Derek Ryan scored 41 seconds into the third to tie it 4-4, and then Gaudreau was hooked from behind on a breakaway by Damon Severson, resulting in a penalty shot.

Gaudreau made no mistake, slowly winding his way in before ripping a shot past Mackenzie Blackwood.

Gaudreau capped off his big night at 12:01, converting a setup from Sean Monahan, and sending hundreds of hats pouring onto the ice.

Ryan finished with two goals. Sam Bennett, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk and Monahan also scored for Calgary. Lindholm and Monahan both had four-point nights.

The Flames remained one point back of the Pacific Division and Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks, who won 5-4 in Winnipeg.

Blake Coleman, Travis Zajac, Kyle Palmieri and Kenny Agostino scored for New Jersey, which is winless in its last seven (0-6-1).

Making it three goals in less than two minutes, Calgary went ahead 6-4 at 2:37 when Ryan was set up by Gaudreau on a 2-on-1. Holding onto the puck patiently, Gaudreau froze Blackwood before sending the puck across to Ryan, who had a wide-open net.

Gaudreau, who entered the night with just one goal in his previous 19 games, surpassed both of his previous highs of 30 goals and 84 points in a season. He's now up to 33 goals and 90 points.

After falling behind 1-0 five minutes into the game, Coleman's breakaway goal was the first of three straight goals for the Devils.

After coughing up a 3-1 lead earlier in the second, New Jersey regained the lead at 17:49 of the second on Zajac's short-handed goal.

David Rittich had 22 stops for Calgary.

Blackwood made 30 saves, falling to 6-8-0.

Down 3-1, Calgary battled back to tie it on goals three minutes apart from Bennett and Lindholm.

At 7:17, defenseman Mark Giordano won a puck battle and centered a perfect pass that Bennett one-timed past Blackwood.

On another setup for Monahan, Lindholm jammed in his own rebound to make it 3-3.

Calgary struck first when its slumping top line connected. Sent in alone on a pass by Monahan, Gaudreau made a slick move and tucked the puck through Blackwood's pads.

NOTES: Michael Stone (blood clot) rejoined the Flames after a conditioning stint in the American Hockey League. His last NHL game was Nov. 11. Along with Oliver Kylington and Dalton Prout, that makes three extra, healthy defensemen.

UP NEXT

Devils: At Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Flames: Host the New York Rangers on Friday night.

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Penguins snap Bruins’ point streak at 19 games

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation loss since January with a 4-2 victory on Sunday night.

Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who survived another late push by the Bruins.

David Krejci picked up his 19th of the season and John Moore got Boston within one when he scored with just over a minute to go. But the Bruins couldn't complete the comeback, ending their 19-game point streak.

It was the first regulation loss for Krejci and company since Jan. 19 against the New York Rangers.

Jaroslav Halak made 33 stops, but Boston remained winless in Pittsburgh since December 2015.

The Bruins used the franchise's longest point streak since the 1940-41 season to rise above the muddled portion of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Their six-week stretch included flashes of dominance and a flair for the dramatic. Boston arrived in Pittsburgh coming off a 6-0 homestand, one that culminated with last-minute victories over Florida and Ottawa.

Boston's run came to an end against a team that seems to be gaining some momentum late in a bumpy and wildly uneven season, at least by Pittsburgh standards. Just 24 hours removed from a draining split with Columbus during a home-and-home series, the Penguins rode the legs of two of their newest acquisitions, a dash of brilliance from Sidney Crosby and Guentzel and another steady performance by Murray to their fifth win in their last seven games.

Bjugstad and McCann have been revelations since their arrival in a trade with Florida on Feb. 1, their presence giving Pittsburgh a jolt of both size and - in the 22-year-old McCann - youth.

Bjugstad needed just 93 seconds to give the Penguins the lead, fighting for position at the far post and redirecting a centering pass from Zach Aston-Reese by Halak for his fifth goal in 18 games with Pittsburgh, matching the total he put up in 32 games with the Panthers earlier this year.

McCann made it 2-0 at 13:54 when he took a lead pass from Teddy Blueger and broke in alone on Halak before deking from his forehand to his backhand. Halak could only stretch out his glove in vain as McCann slipped home Pittsburgh's 10th short-handed goal of the season.

Krejci got Boston on the board early in the second when the puck emerged from a scrum in front of the Pittsburgh net and ended up on his stick in the left circle. He flipped it over a sprawled Murray for his 19th of the season.

Pittsburgh's potent power play has been a bit of a mess of late - just as likely to give up a goal as score one - and was a lifeless 0 for 4 until Crosby and Guentzel hooked up for Guentzel's team-leading 34th of the season with 3:28 to go in the second. Crosby raced into the zone down the left side and sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Guentzel, who quickly went backhand to forehand and lifted it by Halak to restore the two-goal cushion.

Murray, who was spectacular at times in Saturday's loss to Columbus, made sure the lead stood up. Moore's blast from the point with 1:01 to play gave the Bruins an outside shot at another dramatic victory, but McCann's long shot from center ice into the empty net with 21 seconds to go closed it out.

NOTES: Boston D Matt Grzelcyk left in the second period after his right arm was pinned awkwardly against the boards when he got hit by Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist. ... Penguins D Kris Letang missed his seventh straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Both teams went 1 for 5 on the power play. ... Pittsburgh C Evgeni Malkin did not score and remains two points shy of 1,000 for his career.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Will face the Blue Jackets for the first time this season on Tuesday in Columbus.

Penguins: Host Washington on Tuesday. Pittsburgh is 2-1 against the reigning Stanley Cup champions this season.

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Maple Leafs hang on to victory after late surge from Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) John Tavares had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs held off the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night.

Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin also scored and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves to help Toronto improve to 6-1-1 in its last eight.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom scored for the Oilers, and Anthony Stolarz stopped 37 shots. They had won four in a row.

Rielly opened the scoring with a point shot on a power play with 14 seconds left in the first period.

Toronto made it 2-0 lead at 12:28 of the second when Tavares shrugged off a defender and made a nice move to chip his 38th of the season over Stolarz. Muzzin connected three minutes into the third off a feed from William Nylander.

Nugent-Hopkins ended Andersen's shutout bid with 1:39 left with Stolarz off for an extra attacker. Leon Draisaitl assisted on the goal to extend his points streak to 13 games, the longest active run in the NHL.

The Oilers got another goal with Stolarz on the bench when Connor McDavid set up Klefbom with 53 seconds remaining.

NOTES: Stolarz was a surprise starter when it was announced Mikko Koskinen wouldn't dress due to an illness. ... It was the second and final meeting between the two teams. Toronto won the first game 6-2 at home on Feb. 27... Toronto center Nazem Kadri returned to the lineup after missing eight games because of a concussion.

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Maple Leafs: Host Tampa Bay on Monday night.

Oilers: Host New York Rangers on Monday night.

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Atkinson scores twice to lift Blue Jackets over Penguins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Cam Atkinson had two goals, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets broke an eight-game losing streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 victory Saturday night.

Boone Jenner and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets. They had lost four of their last six - including a 3-0 loss to the Penguins on Thursday night - and desperately needed a win to stay in the mix for an Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot. Columbus started the day two points below the wild-card line.

Zach Aston-Reese scored for Pittsburgh in the second period and Matt Murray, starting his seventh straight game, had 29 saves.

Bobrovsky, who was a healthy scratch Thursday, bounced back with an exceptional game against the Penguins, who were 4-0-2 in their last six and started the day in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Jenner went into the box for slashing 20 seconds into the game, then made up for it by taking a feed from Josh Anderson on a rush and beating Murray to give the Blue Jackets the lead 2:31 into the game.

Atkinson scored a short-handed goal early in the second when Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel went sprawling and the Columbus winger found himself with a loose puck and an open net. He snapped it in over Murray for his team-leading 37th goal of the season.

Pittsburgh pulled it back to a one-goal game at 6:39 of the second when Zach Aston-Reese took Evgeni Malkin's pass on the doorstep and beat Bobrovsky.

Bjorkstrand tapped in the insurance goal off a short pass from Ryan Dzingel with 3:01 left, and Atkinson got his 38th of the season when he added an empty-netter at the 1:49 mark.

NOTES: Kessel played in 314th straight game for Pittsburgh, the second-longest streak in franchise history. Craig Adams holds the record with 319. ... Anderson got his 100th career NHL point. ... Atkinson has 12 career short-handed goal, two short of the franchise record. ... Columbus last beat Pittsburgh in the regular season on Feb. 17, 2017 (2-1 in overtime). ... Malkin has a nine-game points streak against the Blue Jackets. ... Columbus is 27-5-2 this season when scoring the first goal.

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Pittsburgh: At Boston on Sunday night.

Columbus: At New York Islanders on Monday night.

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Jets rout Hurricanes 8-1 to take Central Division lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Andrew Copp scored twice, Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists, and the Winnipeg Jets rode a four-goal first period to an 8-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

Kevin Hayes, Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor and Ben Chiarot each had a goal and an assist. Adam Lowry also scored as Winnipeg posted its largest victory of the season.

The Jets scored three times in the first 10 minutes to jump ahead early and then three times in the final 10 minutes to turn it into a rout.

Laurent Brossoit made 28 saves and Winnipeg moved ahead of idle Nashville into first place in the Central Division.

Curtis McElhinney stopped only 21 of 29 shots for the Hurricanes. Greg McKegg scored their lone goal midway through the third period.

Hayes, Wheeler and Chiarot all scored in the first 10 minutes to set the tone immediately.

Hayes got it started when his initial shot hit Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce in the shin. Hayes took a whack at the carom in midair and batted the puck in under McElhinney's right pad.

Wheeler made it 2-0 when he kept the puck on his tape despite being hooked by Nino Neiderreiter and skated around McElhinney's left for a shot at the open net.

After Justin Williams and Dmitry Kulikov got sent off to make it 4-on-4, Chiarot skated in free from the point to the slot, took a centering pass from Connor and fired a wrist shot over McElhinney's right shoulder to make it 3-0 with 10:44 still to go in the first.

Ehlers added the final goal of the period in the waning minutes when he skated in untouched from the blue line and fired a one-timer off a pass from Hayes under McElhinney's right pad.

The Hurricanes' habit of letting players skate untouched into the slot continued beyond the first. With 31 seconds left in the second period, Jack Roslovic's shot was kicked out by McElhinney, only for a trailing Copp to grab the rebound and fire it into the net without so much as a poke check thrown his way.

It spiraled from there. Connor, Copp and Lowry all found the net with less than seven minutes to go, making it Carolina's most lopsided loss of the season.

NOTES: Winnipeg is 7-2 in its last nine games at Carolina. The Jets have won five of their last six against the Hurricanes overall. ... Jets D Dustin Byfuglien (ankle) returned to Winnipeg for treatment and missed his ninth straight game. D Josh Morrissey (arm) missed his fifth consecutive game. ... Hurricanes D Trevor van Riemsdyk played his 300th career game.

UP NEXT

Jets: At the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Hurricanes: At the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

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Islanders beat Senators in shootout for Trotz’s 800th win

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored in the shootout and the New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Tuesday night, giving coach Barry Trotz his 800th win.

Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Devon Toews and Ross Johnston scored in regulation to help the Islanders recover after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period and snap a two-game skid. Robin Lehner stopped 21 shots before leaving with an injury late in the third period. Thomas Greiss came on, stopped both shots he faced through overtime and denied Thomas Chabot and Bobby Ryan in the shootout.

The Islanders pulled into a tie with Washington atop the Metropolitan Division with identical 38-21-7 records and 34 regulation/overtime wins.

Trotz became the fourth coach in NHL history to reach the 800-win mark, joining Scotty Bowman (1,244), Joel Quenneville (890) and Ken Hitchcock (842).

Oscar Lindberg, Ryan, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, who went to their first shootout this season and lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Craig Anderson finished with 34 saves.

The teams meet again Thursday night at Ottawa to finish the home-and-home set.

The Senators had the only shot on goal in the 3-on-3 overtime.

Ryan pulled the Senators to 4-3 as he deflected Christian Wolanin's shot past Lehner for his 14th at 7:38 of the third. It was Ryan's first goal in eight games.

Nelson nearly got his second of the game with just over 9 minutes left, but the puck went off Anderson's left shoulder before hitting the crossbar and staying out.

The Senators tied the score with 4:40 left as Brady Tkachuk plowed into Lehner and knocked the puck into the net. The goal was initially waved off, but the call was overturned after a video review determined Nelson pushed Tkachuk into the goalie.

Lehner was injured on the play and replaced by Greiss.

After a fast-paced first period that saw the Islanders take a 1-0 lead, the teams combined for five goals in the second - all in the first 10:02 of the period.

Gibbons tied the score 26 seconds into the middle period as he deflected Thomas Chabot's slap shot past Lehner's glove side for his fourth.

Toews put the Islanders back ahead at 2:34, beating Anderson on the blocker side for his fifth.

Lee pushed New York's lead to 3-1 as he deflected Nick Leddy's slap shot from the left point past Anderson's glove side for his 23rd at 5:45. It was also Lee's fifth goal in nine games.

Lindberg, acquired from Vegas in the deal that sent Mark Stone to the Golden Knights at the trade deadline, pulled Ottawa within one again 47 seconds later with his sixth of the season, and second in five games with the Senators.

Johnston restored New York's two-goal lead just past the midpoint of the period on the rebound of a shot by Leo Komarov. Johnston lifted the puck over the diving goalie, and it hit Johnston in the air and went in for his first of the season.

The Islanders outshot the Senators 26-8 in the second.

New York took a lead in the first period after the Senators turned the puck over in their defensive zone. Josh Bailey's one-timer off a pass from Nelson was stopped by Anderson. However, the puck bounded in front and Nelson backhanded it in for his 21st at 5:22.

NOTES: Smith played in his 600th regular-season game, becoming the ninth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Smith also made his NHL debut at the Nassau Coliseum in Ottawa's 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Nov. 29, 2008. ... The Islanders won the teams' first meeting this season, 6-3 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Dec. 28. ... With an illness going around the Islanders, F Michael Dal Colle and F Josh Ho-Sang were emergency recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL. Dal Colle played while Ho-Sang was scratched. ... Bailey's assist on Nelson's goal gave him 12 points (nine assists) in his last 13 games. ...New York went 0 for 3 on the power play and is 0 for 13 over its last six games.

UP NEXT

Senators: Host the Islanders on Thursday night.

Islanders: At Ottawa on Thursday night before returning for a three-game homestand.

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