UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Long eliminated from serious playoff contention, the New York Islanders had some fun at the Boston Bruins’ expense.
Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner and Jack Hillen scored in a 6-minutes span in the second and third periods to help the Islanders rally for a 4-2 victory over the Bruins on Friday night.
The Islanders have won 12 of 17 games following the All-Star break.
“They’re all big games,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “This group believes in each other.”
P.A. Parenteau added an empty-net goal, and Al Montoya made 26 saves for New York.
“(It’s) so much more fun, winning,” Montoya said.
Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins. Chara, booed every time he touched the puck, was playing his second game since his devastating check to Max Pacioretty that sent the Montreal left wing to the hospital with a severe concussion and non-displaced fracture of the fourth vertebrae Tuesday night.
“Every time I got booed, I got cheered by Boston fans. So I’m kind of used to it,” Chara said. “It doesn’t bother me. It’s part of the game. Fans have the right to express opinions toward different players. It’s part of the game, part of hockey. Fans have the right to cheer for the home team and against the visiting.”
Horton opened the scoring with 3:31 left in the first period with his 20th goal. Milan Lucic took a pass from behind the net from David Krejci. Lucic held onto the puck until Horton was able to drive to the front of the net. Horton backhanded Lucic’s feed past Montoya to the stick-side.
Horton has 13 goals and 25 points in 24 games against New York.
“It was a rebound. Obviously, Loouch tried to put it on net and it came right to me,” Horton said.
Chara made it 2-0 with a power-play slap shot with 6:58 left in the second period. The goal was the Bruins’ first with the man advantage since a 4-2 victory in Ottawa on Feb. 18.
“We also hit a couple bars on the power play,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Again, it’s fighting it and get the confidence in our power play going again. With a little bit of luck, we could have had three goals. We just have to find our game again. We’ve been off our game. We seem a little out of sync right now.”
Moulson’s power-play goal with 2 seconds left in the second cut it to 2-1. Moulson one-timed a shot from just inside the right faceoff circle that Tim Thomas had no chance to stop.
Grabner tied it 1:28 into the third period with his 28th of the season. Kyle Okposo tied up three Bruins in front of Thomas before shoveling a pass to Grabner, who whipped a shot just past the outstretched stick of Chara and into the net.
“Huge goal for us,” Hillen said.
Hillen scored on a slap to give the Islanders the lead at 5:58 of the third.
“I didn’t want to pass up on any shot,” Hillen said.
NOTES: Boston has lost four in a row for the first time all season. … The Bruins are third in the Eastern Conference. … Thomas stopped 38 shots.
|Capitals 2, Hurricanes 1|
WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks scored in the third period and goalie Braden Holtby made 40 saves in the Washington Capitals’ comeback victory over Carolina .
The Capitals ran their winning streak to seven with their fifth straight win over Carolina this season.
Ovechkin scored his 28th goal of the season to extend his points streak to seven games.
Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu scored late in the second period to briefly give his team the lead. The Hurricanes are two points behind the New York Ranges for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Holtby won two days after his first career shutout in a 5-0 win against Edmonton.
|Red Wings 2, Oilers 1, OT|
DETROIT — Pavel Datsyuk scored with 42 seconds left in overtime, and Detroit beat Edmonton after tying it on a lucky deflection in the final minute of regulation.
Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk held the Red Wings at bay until Nicklas Lidstrom’s shot from the point deflected off Edmonton’s Andrew Cogliano high in the slot and slid into the net with 24.8 seconds left.
In overtime, Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen, dragged the puck around a sliding Oiler and beat Dubnyk with a wrist shot. Ryan Jones scored in the first period for Edmonton.
|Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2|
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anze Kopitar had his second career three-goal game and Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for Los Angeles, handing Columbus its seventh consecutive loss.
Kopitar picked up the hat trick by the midpoint of the second period. He was in the penalty box for hooking, but got out just in time to receive Dustin Brown’s seeing-eye stretch pass at the blue line. Kopitar then deked goalie Steve Mason before scoring easily on the forehand.
Justin Williams had a goal and two assists and Drew Doughty added two assists for the Kings.
Scottie Upshall and Derick Brassard scored for the Blue Jackets.
|Devils 3, Thrashers 2, OT|
ATLANTA — Travis Zajac scored on a power play 4:18 into overtime for surging New Jersey.
Zajac also had a power-play goal in the second period, and Ilya Kovalchuk added his 25th goal — also on a power play — for New Jersey. The Devils have won five of six and are 21-3-2 since Jan. 8.
Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Thrashers. Atlanta, which has just three regulation wins in its last 33 games, has lost three of five.
New Jersey is 11th in the Eastern Conference, a point behind the Thrashers.
|Stars 4, Wild 0|
DALLAS — Defenseman Trevor Daley ignited a three-goal flurry over in 1:31 span in the second period, and Kari Lehtonen made 14 saves for his 15th career shutout to help Dallas beat Minnesota.
Tom Wandell and Mike Ribeiro added second-period goals for the Stars, 6-0-2 in their last eight games.
Jamie Benn scored a goal in his sixth consecutive game to help Dallas move to fourth in the Western Conference playoff race with 82 points. The Wild, 0-10-4 in their last 14 road games against the Stars, were shut out for the second consecutive night and fifth time this season.
|Senators 2, Lightning 1|
TAMPA, Fla. — Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves in his debut for Ottawa to beat Tampa Bay.
McElhinney was claimed off waivers from the Lightning on Feb. 28. He never played for Tampa Bay, which obtained him four days earlier in a trade with Anaheim.
Jason Spezza opened the scoring midway through the first period on a power play, backhanding a rebound past Dwayne Roloson. Bobby Butler scored 53 seconds into the second to make it 2-0.
Tampa Bay held a two-man advantage when Martin St. Louis tipped in a rebound 2:53 into the third period, ending the shutout bid. Ottawa had killed 33 consecutive penalties in 10 games before St. Louis broke through.
|Ducks 6, Avalanche 2|
DENVER — Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, and Corey Perry and Saku Koivu each had a goal and an assist to help Anaheim beat slumping Colorado.
Bobby Ryan, Brad Winchester and Dan Sexton also scored, Teemu Selanne and Luca Sbisa each had two assists and Dan Ellis made 24 saves. The Ducks are ninth in the Western Conference, two points behind Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and Calgary. David Jones and Ryan O’Reilly scored for Colorado.