NHL Wrap: Isles top Rangers in shootout

NHL Wrap: Isles top Rangers in shootout
February 15, 2013, 1:00 am
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The Flyers head to New Jersey for a tilt with the rival Devils, who own the Eastern Conference's best record. In order for the Flyers to leave with a win, Ilya Bryzgalov must bring his best effort to knock off the Devils (see story).

Meanwhile, the Flyers welcomed back Andrej Meszaros to practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder (see story).

Now, here's a review of Thursday night's action around the NHL:

Islanders beat Rangers in shootout
NEW YORK -- After a rough first period, the New York Islanders came out and played as though they had nothing to lose.

At the same time, they might have caught the New York Rangers thinking they already had the game won.

The slumping Islanders erased a two-goal deficit with three second-period goals and then held off the Rangers in a shootout to win 4-3 on Thursday night and snap a five-game losing streak.

John Tavares scored in the second-period outburst and then followed Frans Nielsen's goal in the tiebreaker to seal the much-needed victory in a place the Islanders have had little recent success (see full recap).

Capitals win third straight
TAMPA, Fla. -- Eric Fehr has found a scoring touch for the improving Washington Capitals.

Fehr scored two goals, Mathieu Perreault had three assists, and the Capitals won their third straight game by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Thursday.

"I definitely want to help contribute," Fehr said. "I wasn't happy with the way my season went at all last year, and I really wanted to turn it around. I'm feeling pretty confident right now."

Troy Brouwer and Jay Beagle had the other Washington goals (see full recap).

Canadiens top Panthers in OT
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Montreal Canadiens took advantage of solid goaltending and a puck that finally bounced their way.

Rene Bourque scored 2:10 into overtime and the Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Thursday night.

Bourque's winner came on a tip-in just in front of the net. Alex Galchenyuk came down the left side and battled to get the puck across the crease, where it bounced off the skate of Shawn Matthias and into the air. Bourque was able to get a stick on it and poke it past goalie Jose Theodore.

"We just kind of knew it was going to be one of those goals, an ugly goal, that would probably get the job done," Bourque said. "I was just trying to whack it somewhere," (see full recap).

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