NHL Wrap: Islanders top Jets in shootout

NHL Wrap: Islanders top Jets in shootout
April 20, 2013, 10:15 pm
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The Flyers may be out of the running for the postseason, but they played hard and earned a 5-3 win over Carolina on Saturday night.

They did so with milestones from Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Saturday's action around the league:

Islanders top Jets in shootout
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- John Tavares scored the winning goal in a shootout on Saturday to give the New York Islanders a 5-4 win over Winnipeg and put a dent in the Jets' playoff drive.

Bryan Little tied the game for Winnipeg 4-4 at 17:59 of the third period, just seven seconds after Isles defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was called for interference. A rebound sent the puck at Little's left skate and he kicked it over to his stick before beating Evgeni Nabokov.

Tavares and Brad Boyes both beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the shootout, while Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored against New York's Nabokov.

The win gave the Islanders 53 points and tied them with Toronto for fifth in the Eastern Conference (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Bruins fall in Boston return
BOSTON -- Hockey returned to Boston after the manhunt following the marathon bombings, and Jarome Iginla scored the tiebreaking goal that gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Saturday and home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The game was pushed back by one day by the manhunt for a suspect, who was captured Friday night.

The postponement was the second of the week for the Bruins. Their game against the Ottawa Senators last Monday night, scheduled to start about four hours after the bombings, was rescheduled for April 28. The Bruins returned to their ice to beat Buffalo in a shootout on Thursday.

Before the game, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wore a black T-shirt with the words "BOSTON STRONG" over his shirt and tie. During warmups, Bruins players wore baseball caps of the state police and Boston and Watertown police departments. The black cap for Watertown, where the suspect was taken into custody, had the Bruins "Spiked B" logo on the front and the word "STRONG" on the back (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Devils win to stay alive
NEWARK, N.J. -- Patrik Elias scored twice and the New Jersey Devils kept their faint playoff hopes alive by rallying from a two-goal deficit for a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday.

David Clarkson, whose big check seemed with wake up the Devils after they fell behind 2-0, tallied the go-ahead goal in a game New Jersey welcomed offensive catalyst Ilya Kovalchuk back to the lineup after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury.

Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Dainius Zubrus also scored as New Jersey won its second in a row after a 10-game losing streak (0-6-4).

Marcel Goc and Brian Campbell scored for the NHL-worst Panthers, who have lost five straight.

The Devils, the defending Eastern Conference champions, came into the game knowing that if they lost in regulation, they would not make the playoffs (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

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