WASHINGTON — Justin Schultz scored the go-ahead goal with 26.4 seconds left, Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night despite another injury to a key player.
Schultz’s goal allowed the Capitals to narrowly avoid a fifth consecutive overtime game, which has never happened in franchise history.
Capitals defenceman John Carlson had a power-play goal, and Daniel Sprong scored his first with Washington.
Noah Dobson and Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders, who got 33 saves from leading NHL goalie Semyon Varlamov in his first loss of the season after starting 3-0.
PANTHERS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3, SO
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and had the game winner in a shootout as Florida beat Columbus.
Hornqvist beat Joonas Korpisalo in the fifth round of the shootout to end it after Columbus’ Mikhail Grigorenko’s try went into the pads of Panthers’ stopper Sergei Bobrovsky.
Carter Verhaeghe and Aleksander Barkov also scored in regulation, and Bobrovsky, the former Blue Jacket, stopped 19 shots for Florida.
Kevin Stenlund, Alexandre Texier and Cam Atkinson scored, and Joonas Korpisalo — formerly Bobrovsky’s backup — had 28 saves.
SABRES 3, RANGERS 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel, Dylan Cozens and Tobias Rieder scored and Buffalo rallied to beat New York.
Chris Kreider and K’Andre Miller scored first-period goals for the Rangers.
Linus Ullmark finished with 28 saves, and Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev made 22 saves.
The Rangers and Sabres faced each other as divisional opponents for the first time since March 24, 1974, when both were part of the East Division.
FLYERS 5, DEVILS 3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nolan Patrick, Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov scored third-period goals, and Philadelphia beat New Jersey for its first road win.
James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Flyers came back to win after blowing an early two-goal lead. Provorov, who had an empty-net goal, and Claude Giroux each had two assists.
Michael McLeod and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who hit a crossbar and a post early in the third period with the score tied at 2. Scott Wedgewood made 26 saves for New Jersey. Pavel Zacha closed out the scoring with 1:08 to play.
BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 2, OT
BOSTON (AP) — Craig Smith scored with 11 seconds left in overtime, and Boston recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat Pittsburgh.
Brad Marchand had a short-handed goal and assisted on Nick Ritchie’s goal to help the Bruins earn their third straight victory. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, giving up both Pittsburgh goals after he injured himself midway through the third period.
The Penguins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third, with Jason Zucker making it 2-1 midway through the period and Kasperi Kapanen tying it with 3:16 to go.
PREDATORS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored at 2:57 of overtime to give Nashville a victory over Chicago.
Yakov Trenin and Mikael Granlund had the other goals for Nashville, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Dylan Strome and Mattias Janmark scored for the Blackhawks, who won their previous two games.
JETS 6, OILERS 4
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and three assists and Winnipeg rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat Edmonton.
Andrew Copp added two goals, including one into an empty net, and had two assists. Adam Lowry scored and set up two others for Winnipeg (5-2-0). Paul Stastny, with a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Perreault completed the scoring for the Jets, who got 22 saves from Connor Hellebuyck.
Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist. Leon Draisaitl and Adam Larsson also scored for Edmonton (3-5-0). Mikko Koskinen made 27 saves, and Darnell Nurse added three assists.
KINGS 2, WILD 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Carl Grundstrom and Kurtis MacDermid scored, and Calvin Peterson made 32 saves as Los Angeles held on to beat Minnesota.
Los Angeles has won three of four after starting the season 0-2-1.
Wild centre Joel Eriksson Ek scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season just 1:09 into the third to tie the game. Kaapo Kahkonen made 19 saves for Minnesota, which has lost two in a row.
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