It doesn't seem to matter to the Pittsburgh Penguins if they fall behind. They just win anyway.
Tyler Kennedy's goal with 2:27 left in the overtime enabled the Penguins to rally for their 12th consecutive victory, 2-1 over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Penguins have trailed in nine of those 12 games. Five times, they have either been behind or tied after two periods.
Kennedy beat Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Brzygalov high to the glove side with a slap shot from the left dot for his fifth goal of the season as the Penguins pushed their Eastern Conference-best record to 25-8-0.
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Canucks 3, Avalanche 2
Mason Raymond scored the go-ahead goal for the second time in two games and the Vancouver Canucks extended their dominance over the Colorado Avalanche with a 3-2 victory.
Cory Schneider continued his strong play in goal, stopping 26 shots for the Canucks, who beat Colorado for the ninth straight time. Vancouver is 17-0-2 in the past 19 meetings dating to Nov. 1, 2009.
Raymond, who scored the only goal for Vancouver in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings, broke a 1-1 tie when he raced up the left wing and beat Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the glove side early in the second period.
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Jets 3, Lightning 2
Winnipeg center Bryan Little had a big game, scoring a goal and setting up another to spark the Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Little opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season in the first period and then created a turnover that led to Dustin Byfuglien's power-play goal early in the middle period as the Jets (17-14-2) increased their lead over the idle Carolina Hurricanes to four points atop the Southeast Division.
Little nearly scored his second early in the third when he stripped the puck from Lightning forward Teddy Purcell and raced in on a shorthanded breakaway but was stopped by goalie Cedrick Desjardins.
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Capitals 3, Rangers 2 (SO)
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each scored in regulation and again in a shootout as the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden.
Washington (14-16-1) earned its third win in a row.
Arron Asham and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers. Stepan also scored in the shootout.
Even though New York (15-13-2) has split its past six games, the Rangers moved into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with the point they gained Sunday.
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Islanders 3, Panthers 0
Evgeni Nabokov made Andrew MacDonald's first period goal stand up in his 55th career shutout as the New York Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak and earned a rare home win by defeating the Florida Panthers 3-0.
John Tavares and Casey Cizikas scored empty netters in the final 31 seconds after Nabokov survived a frantic Panthers flurry in front of the goalmouth.
The shutout was the third of the season for Nabokov, who had 26 saves, and the first at home for the Islanders since a 1-0 win over the Devils on March 4, 2012.
The win kept the Islanders (14-15-3) on the periphery of the Eastern Conference playoff race heading into a season-ending stretch in which New York plays 11 of its final 16 games on the road.
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