ISLANDERS 4, STARS 2
DALLAS • John Tavares scored with 1:24 to go and Brock Nelson added an empty-netter, leading the streaking New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Kyle Okposo had two goals in New York’s fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games.
The Islanders rallied past the Stars after trailing 2-0 after one period for the second time in a week. This time, New York scored three goals in the final 4:16.
Dallas (20-18-7) has lost six in a row for the first time since March 2011.
Ray Whitney and Sergei Gonchar scored first-period goals for the Stars against goalie Kevin Poulin, who finished with 29 saves.
Dallas goaltender Dan Ellis stopped 27 shots.
SABRES 2, CAPITALS 1, SO
WASHINGTON • Cody Hodgson decided a lackluster game with the only goal in the shootout, and Buffalo avoided matching the longest road losing streak in franchise history.
Hodgson, returning after missing eight games with a hand injury, beat Philipp Grubauer in a skills contest that mirrored the rest of the game — not many quality chances, hardly any pucks in the net.
Tyler Ennis scored in the first period, and Ryan Miller made 28 saves for the Sabres, whose 11-game road skid was the second-longest in club history, behind a 12-game streak in the 2011-12 season.
Jason Chimera also scored in the opening period, and Grubauer made 30 saves for the Capitals, who have lost five of seven.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, DEVILS 2 SO
TORONTO • The Toronto Maple Leafs finally got their first win since the Winter Classic, though it wasn’t without its tense moments.
First, the Maple Leafs gave up the lead on a breakaway, and then later had a power-play goal waved off.
However, when Jonathan Bernier stopped New Jersey’s Reid Boucher in the shootout, Toronto coach Randy Carlyle and the players got a chance to exhale with a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Sunday night that snapped the Leafs’ four-game losing streak.
Bernier made 36 saves on 38 shots in regulation and overtime and stopped all three he faced in the shootout to do his part to end the skid.
Plenty of stress had been building up for the Leafs, who hadn’t won since beating Detroit on Jan. 1. They still have just two regulation victories in 26 games dating to Nov. 21 and aren’t yet back in a playoff spot.
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