The Sports Xchange
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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