Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored three goals and provided an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
With this win, the Islanders now have four straight wins.
A former Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 27 saves in his first NHL start since March 2020. The 36-year-old goalie was recalled from the American League last month to support Semyon Varlamov due to Ilya injury Sorokin.
Kyle Palmieri scored the other goal for the Isles in addition to collecting two assists. Defenseman Adam Pelech tied a career high with three assists. The Islanders have won 11 of their last 14 meetings.
Jesper Boqvist, Tomas Tatar and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils, who have lost their last three games. Nico Daws made 25 saves.
The Devils have had to play most of the last two periods without forward Jack Hughes and defenseman PK Subban. Hughes suffered a leg injury early in the second period after being checked by Oliver Wahlstrom. Subban, meanwhile, received a match misconduct on the same streak when he was identified as the instigator of his fight with Wahlstrom.
Pageau, who hadn’t scored in 13 games, hit the target on a breakaway at 11:56 in the first period, then added a second goal two minutes later on the power play. The Isles’ third center completed his fourth career hat trick at 14:58 of the second period.
A personal high for Joel Eriksson Ek
Joel Eriksson Ek scored his career-high 20th and 21st goals of the season and added an assist in the Minnesota Wild’s 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Marcus Foligno set a career high with his 20th goal and set another with his 16th assist for the Wild, who have won nine of their last 10 games.
Tyson Jost and Nicolas Deslauriers also scored as second-placed Minnesota extended their lead to five points over third-placed St. Louis in the Central Division. Jordan Greenway had three assists and Cam Talbot made 25 saves.
Garnet Hathaway scored midway through the third period for Washington to end an unanswered eight-goal-against streak. A streak that dated back to Monday’s 6-1 loss to Carolina.
Vitek Vanecek blocked 14 shots for the Capitals, who are 11 points ahead of the second-place New York Islanders in the East.
Eriksson Ek now has 12 points in his last 14 games to set a career-high 19 goals set a season ago. He counted his first of the evening 36 seconds. He made it 3-0 with just under seven minutes left in the second when he used his skate to control a stray puck and then fired a shot from near Vanecek. He assisted on Foligno’s goal 30 seconds into the third to put the game away at 4-0.
The Wild are 14-0-1 against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season.
Shea Theodore, the man through whom victory comes
Golden Knights 3 – Canucks 2 (OT)
Shea Theodore scored at 2:05 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.
Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and an assist and Alex Pietrangelo scored the other goal for the Golden Knights (39-28-4), who extended their winning streak to five.
The Canucks (32-28-10) trailed 2-0 in the first period, but managed to close the gap in the third on goals from JT Miller and Bo Horvat.
Robin Lehner was back in action after suffering a lower body injury. He made 26 saves in the win. The Swedish goalkeeper had not started a match since March 8.
At the other end of the rink, Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots, but the Canucks still suffered a third loss in a row.
It was the first leg of a home-and-away series between the two teams, which are to meet in Vegas on Wednesday.
Going into the game, the Canucks trailed the Golden Knights by seven points in the Western Conference standings. Both teams are in the thick of the fight with the Jets, Stars and Predators to secure one of two team berths drafted into the playoffs.
Rangers scare Flyers
Kevin Hayes scored the only goal in the shootout and Martin Jones made 43 saves to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers.
Hayes lifted the puck past Igor Shesterkin as the Flyers posted just their ninth road win in 34 games this season.
Cam York and Owen Tippett scored early in the first period and Joel Farabee scored 44 seconds into the third to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead before Rangers rallied for three goals to send the game into overtime.
Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist, and Mika Zibanejad and Andrew Copp also scored for Rangers, who have lost two games in a row at home. Shesterkin finished with 23 saves.
The Flyers are 40 points behind Rangers in the Metropolitan Division, but – playing with a young roster – managed to topple the home side. New York had won its last three games against the Flyers and was 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings.
Jones made 13 saves in the first and 19 in the second before Panarin ruined his shutout attempt at 1:22 of the third period with his 19th goal.
The Rangers had won five of their last seven at home and they had also won three of their last four against Philadelphia, but the Flyers made the most of their chances to come away with the win.
Rangers are still 22-7-4 at home.
Gostisbehere scores on the power play in overtime
Shayne Gostisbehere scored on a deflected shot 4:45 into overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane was in jail when Gostisbehere scored his 11th goal this season.
Michael Carcone and Travis Boyd scored the other Coyotes goals, while Karel Mejvelka made 29 saves.
The win took Arizona to 2-6-1 for nine games.
Kane and Dylan Strome scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost their last five games.
Kevin Lankinen stopped 32 shots in a losing cause.
Before the game, we hailed the milestone of 1,000 NHL games for Jonathan Toews, a milestone reached Thursday in Tampa.
He received a silver stick and in the video tribute he was praised by former teammates such as Corey Crawford and Marian Hossa.