NHL roundup: Isles move into wild-card position

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[March 25, 2017]   

 

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PITTSBURGH -- Anthony Beauvillier and John Tavares scored in the shootout to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.

With the win, the Islanders surpassed the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference standings. Both teams have 82 points, but the Islanders (73) have played fewer games than the Bruins (74) heading into their game at the Barclays Center Saturday.

Sidney Crosby scored the Penguins' lone shootout goal. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 43 saves in while New York's Jaroslav Halak had 40.

Ducks 3, Jets 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Andrew Cogliano's game-winning goal not only gave Anaheim a victory over Winnipeg at the Honda Center, but also a share of first place in the Pacific Division.

Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who used their seventh win in nine games to move into a tie with the San Jose Sharks. Goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 17 shots in earning his fifth win in six decisions.

The division's co-leaders each have eight games remaining, divided evenly between home and road. But the Ducks have five games left against playoff contenders while the Sharks have six.

Lightning 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

DETROIT -- Nikita Kucherov scored at 3:28 of overtime to give Tampa Bay a come-from-behind overtime win over Detroit.

Kucherov tipped home a Brayden Point pass from the edge of the goal crease for the winner.

The Lightning moved to within one point of the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders for the final wild-card playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Stars 6, Sharks 1

DALLAS -- Adam Cracknell scored his first career hat trick and Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves for Dallas in a win over San Jose at American Airlines Center.

Cracknell scored in the first, second and third periods. His final goal came 4:59 into the third when he intercepted an attempted clearance by Aaron Dell, who made 23 saves, just beyond the Sharks' blue line. Cracknell, who now has a career-high 10 goals this season, then beat Dell with a wrist shot from the slot.

Brett Ritchie, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored for Dallas, who got three assists from Jason Spezza and two each from Remi Elie and Curtis McKenzie.

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