Oilers lose Davidson after collision with Jets’ Byfuglien

The Edmonton Oilers will be without arguably their most reliable defender for the remainder of Sunday's game with the Winnipeg Jets, after Brandon Davidson was injured in a collision with Dustin Byfuglien.

Davidson was in considerable distress, and was unable to bear weight on his left leg when he exited the ice after staying down for several moments.

The Oilers didn't provide a specific update, only announcing that he would be unable to return to the contest.

Davidson, who signed a two-year extension earlier this week, has emerged as a key member of the Oilers' defensive corps since forcing his way into the lineup in late October.

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Islanders spring for 6, beat Rangers in entertaining clash at MSG

The New York Islanders pulled within three points of the New York Rangers for second spot in the Metropolitan Division with a throwback 6-4 victory in their first visit to Madison Square Garden this season.

Johnny Boychuk scored twice in the first period, and Brock Nelson and Kyle Okposo also tallied for the Islanders before Eric Staal closed a wild, seven-goal opening frame with his first goal with the Blueshirts.

Naturally, the pace slowed in the second period and the score remained the same until midway through the third, when Derick Brassard knotted the game at four with a one-time shot on the power play. But with 88 seconds left in regulation, Cal Clutterbuck snapped a quick shot past Antti Raanta - starting again for the injured Henrik Lundqvist - off an offensive zone faceoff, preserving an all-important regulation win.

The Islanders have the benefit of three games in hand in their pursuit of the Rangers, who are now barely clinging to second spot in the division and the provisional right to host their cross-borough rivals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for the victory, which was the Islanders' sixth on their seven-game road trip.

The two teams will meet again at Madison Square Garden April 7, in a game that could ultimately finalize seeding in the division.

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Knee injury sidelines Devils’ Schneider at least 2 weeks

Terrible news for the New Jersey Devils.

Starting goaltender Cory Schneider has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee, the club announced, according to The Record's Tom Gulitti. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks.

That sound you heard? That was New Jersey's playoff hopes leaving the building.

Schneider is the Devils. He was hurt Friday after making a beautiful pad save, jamming his right knee into the goalpost in the process. New Jersey lost a huge game to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, 6-1, falling seven points behind in the wild-card race. Schneider is missed.

A first-time All-Star this season, Schneider has a .923 save percentage, four shutouts, and 2.17 GAA. He's a large reason why the Devils are a top-10 defensive team. The club is last offensively, averaging only 2.2 goals per game.

The club will turn to Keith Kinkaid for now. He went into Sunday's game with a .910 save percentage in 14 games. Pittsburgh roughed him up, scoring six times on 30 shots.

Injuries have taken their toll on the Devils. The team's best offensive player, Mike Cammalleri, hasn't played since Jan. 26 and could miss the rest of the season.

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Spezza scores 1st goal against Senators, crosses final team off career list

Jason Spezza's first goal on his former team was doubly special.

The Dallas Stars forward scored with the man advantage in the second period Sunday, notching his first career goal against the Ottawa Senators.

Spezza's marker also gave him at least one goal against all 30 NHL teams.

The 32-year-old center now has 24 goals and 24 assists in his second season with Dallas.

He was traded by the Senators to the Stars on July 1, 2014, and signed a four-year extension four months later.

Spezza, who spent 11 seasons with Ottawa, still ranks second on the Senators' all-time goals, assists, and points lists.

He has 292 goals and 797 points in 829 career games.

(Courtesy: NHL.com)

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