NHL roundup: Isles sink Ducks, get back in wild-card spot

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Casey Cizikas, Kyle Palmieri and Brock Nelson scored in the first period on Sunday night for the surging New York Islanders, who moved into an Eastern Conference wild-card spot by beating the host Anaheim Ducks 6-1.

Bo Horvat, Pierre Engvall and Cal Clutterbuck scored in the third for the Islanders, who have won six straight — their longest winning streak since a nine-game run from Feb. 28-March 14, 2021.

The Islanders and Detroit Red Wings have 72 points apiece, but New York has a game in hand in the wild-card race. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who started for the Islanders for the first time since Feb. 22, made 22 saves.

Alex Killorn scored for the fourth straight game for the Ducks, who have lost three of their past four (1-3-0). Goalie Lukas Dostal recorded 13 saves.

Oilers 4, Penguins 0

Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, Darnell Nurse scored twice and Calvin Pickard stopped all 41 shots he faced as visiting Edmonton blanked Pittsburgh.

Pickard, who briefly left at the end of the second but faced all the Penguins’ shots, picked up his second shutout of the season, the sixth of his career and his first against Pittsburgh.

Mattias Ekholm added a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who had lost two in a row. They have won six straight against Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry made 38 saves for the Penguins, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.

Wild 4, Predators 3 (OT)

Matt Boldy scored the winning goal 3:50 into overtime to lift Minnesota over Nashville in Saint Paul, Minn.

Jonas Brodin, Kirill Kaprizov and Ryan Hartman also scored for the Wild, who improved to 3-0-1 in their past four games. Boldy had two assists to go along with his goal.

Mark Jankowski, Luke Evangelista and Ryan O’Reilly each scored for Nashville. By forcing overtime, the Predators earned at least one point for their 12th game in a row (10-0-2).

Hurricanes 7, Flames 2

Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen each produced a goal and two assists as Carolina blew out Calgary at Raleigh, N.C.

Jordan Martinook, Jalen Chatfield, Brent Burns and Seth Jarvis also had goals for the Hurricanes, who won their third game in a row and fifth game in their last six. Chatfield and Jarvis also had assists, and Jordan Staal and Jesperi Kotkaniemi provided two assists apiece.

Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 saves. Dryden Hunt and Yegor Sharangovich had the Calgary goals and Dan Vladar went the distance in the nets for the Flames, recording 33 saves.

Blackhawks 7, Coyotes 4

Colin Blackwell recorded his first career hat trick and Connor Bedard had two goals and an assist as Chicago beat visiting Arizona.

Blackwell entered with five goals in 34 games this season, but helped fuel Chicago’s comeback from two goals down. He capped his career night with an empty-netter.

Coyotes star Clayton Keller scored twice and ex-Blackhawks player Nick Schmaltz had a goal and two assists. Arizona has allowed 17 goals while losing three of four.