Ice Hockey - Canadiens leave it late against Islanders

The Montreal Canadiens pulled away from the New York Islanders in the third period to win 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum.

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Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher (11) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders (Reuters)

Canadiens 5, Islanders 2

Brian Gionta scored the tie-breaking goal 48 seconds into the third period and the Canadiens added two more goals in the final 20 minutes.

David Desharnais set up the goal by snaring a puck out of the air, placing it on the ice and dishing to Gionta, who managed to put enough of his stick on the puck to send it past Kevin Poulin.

Brendan Gallagher provided insurance for the Canadiens by scoring two goals in a span of just 33 seconds later in the period. Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban scored power play goals in the first and second period, respectively.

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Panthers 3, Rangers 1

The Florida Panthers have struggled through a season full of losses and injuries, but were still able to add to the New York Rangers' frustrations with a 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden.

Brian Campbell and Scottie Upshall scored and Tommas Kopecky added an empty-netter late for the Panthers, who managed to win back-to-back games for just the second time this season.

Jacob Markstrom had 44 saves for Florida (9-16-6), which emerged with the victory despite the Rangers dominating on shots with 45 to the Panthers' 24.

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Devils 4, Hurricanes 1

Adam Henrique and Peter Harrold scored 46 seconds apart in the second period and Martin Brodeur celebrated his return to the lineup with his NHL-record third career goal by a goaltender as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1.

The 40-year-old Brodeur, who missed 13 games with a neck injury, didn't have to work too hard to record his 38th all-time victory against the Hurricanes, facing just 18 shots.

The slumping Hurricanes, with just five goals in four previous games, managed three shots in the second period as Henrique scored his 10th and Harrold his second to push a close game to a three-goal margin in less than a minute with 6:22 left in the period.

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Predators 5, Flames 3

The Nashville Predators took a first step to making the Western Conference playoffs, opening a critical four-game homestand with a 5-3 win over Calgary.

Mike Fisher potted two goals, including the tie-breaker at 13:24 of the second period, as Nashville (12-13-6) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Martin Erat, Nick Spaling and Brandon Yip also found the net for the Predators, who entered the match 13th in the West.

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Capitals 4, Jets 0

Washington goaltender Braden Holtby made 19 saves and pitched his second shutout in as many trips to the MTS Centre this season as the Capitals earned a 4-0 win over the Jets.

Holtby is at home on the Canadian prairies, as he bested host Winnipeg just 19 days prior, turning aside all 35 shots he faced in a 3-0 Capitals victory.

The triumph brought the Capitals (13-16-1) within seven points of the Southeast Division-leading Jets (16-13-2) while holding a game in hand.

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Bruins 2, Senators 1

The Boston Bruins found the cure for their blues at a favorite watering hole.

Dennis Seidenberg's shot from the point with 64 seconds remaining in regulation found the net as the Bruins snapped out of their first losing streak of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

It was the Bruins' 11th consecutive win at Scotiabank Place and Seidenberg's first goal of the season.

The loss snapped a three-game Senators winning streak. The Bruins were coming off two regulation losses for the first time this season.

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Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)

Steve Ott scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ott raced down the ice on his breakaway attempt, beating Toronto goalie James Reimer.

Clarke MacArthur came up short in the sixth round for the Maple Leafs after Ott's goal and was stopped by Sabres goalie Ryan Miller on a backhand opportunity.

Christian Ehrhoff, Jason Pominville, Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis scored in regulation for the Sabres, who improved to 12-15-4. Miller had 30 saves.

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