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NEW YORK (AP) Matthew Tkachuk leaped into the air and hugged Travis Hamonic after scoring the tiebreaking goal late in the third period.Tkachuk’s second in less than 9 1/2 minutes came with 1:05 left and lifted the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.”It’s always fun to put the puck in the net Authentic Alexander Radulov Jersey , especially tonight,” said Tkachuk, who scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season in the win. ”I was obviously so pumped to get the third goal there. I was just really happy because you think (after that) basically you play good defense and you get the win. That’s why you’re really excited.”Mark Jankowski also scored as the Flames pulled into a tie with Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Mike Smith made 23 saves before leaving due to an injury with 2 seconds remaining, and David Rittich came on to close the game.Hamonic had an assist on Tkachuk’s late goal in in his first game back in Brooklyn since the Islanders dealt him to Calgary in the offseason. The defenseman, who had 26 goals and 120 assists in 444 games over seven seasons in New York, received a standing ovation from the crowd during a video tribute in the first period and was visibly emotional when discussing his time with the Islanders after Calgary’s morning skate.Hamonic called the whole day emotional and was pleased that the day ended with his team leaving New York with two important points in the standings.”Take everything else out, what was happening, it was a hockey game,” Hamonic said. ”When you’re playing against the East, not that it’s free points by any means Womens Ben Bishop Jersey , but you have a chance to get two points and gain some ground on someone back in your division.”I thought I was a little nervous in the first period and settled in afterward. I guess that’s to be expected.”Calgary head coach Glen Gulutzan didn’t have an update on Smith after the game, but said it looked like the goalie just tweaked something in his lower body.”It’s tough, you never want to see it, but we’ll deal with it when we know exactly what we’re dealing with,” Gulutzan said.Casey Cizikas and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, while Jaroslav Halak finished with 39 saves. It was the 17th time in the Islanders’ last 23 games that they have surrendered 37 or more shots on goal.Trailing 2-0, the Flames cut the deficit in half on Jankowski’s power-play goal with 9 1/2 minutes left in the middle period. Tkachuk then tied it at 9:38 of the third.”We had a pretty good first,” Islanders head coach Doug Weight said. ”We were intense to start. Then we started making bad decisions and turning pucks over.”Cizikas put the Islanders on the board early in the first period thanks to an extraordinary individual effort. The forward picked off the puck along the sideboards and then scored through Smiths legs while falling forward.Beauvillier put New York up by two at 2:59 of the second period when a seemingly harmless shot from the high slot sneaked by Smith.NOTES: Flames F Troy Brouwer missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. … F Marek Hrivik and D Matt Bartkowski were scratched by Calgary. … The Flames improved their road record 16-6-5 this season and are now 11-8-3 against Eastern Conference opponents. Calgary has won three of four on a six-game road trip, with stops in Boston and Nashville still to come. … The Islanders scratched F Alan Quine, F Tanner Fritz and D Dennis Seidenberg. … The Flames acquired Hamonic on the second day of the NHL draft in a trade that sent Calgary’s first and second round picks in 2018 to the Islanders along with a second round pick in 2019 or 2020. … Sunday marked the seventh anniversary of the Islanders’ brawl against the Pittsburgh Penguins http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-brett-ritchie-jersey , which saw 65 penalties assessed for a total of 346 penalty minutes. … The Islanders fell to 28-5-7 against Western Conference opponents in three seasons at Barclays Center. … New York also dropped to 17-4-1 when scoring first this season, and 18-1-1 when leading after two periods.UP NEXTFlames: At Boston on Tuesday night.Islanders: Host Columbus on Tuesday night. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are finally starting to feel confident on the power play, and that could be dangerous for the rest of the NHL.Columbus’ league-worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Friday night.Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in his return to the lineup and Anthony Duclair had his seventh goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who have three power-play goals during their two-game winning streak.“We’re working as a five-man unit,” said Duclair, who scored from a sharp angle to tie Artemi Panarin for the team lead with seven goals. “We know the type of skill of talent we have on both units, and if we just put the work into it, I think they’re going to start going in.”The Blue Jackets entered the night 7 of 59 on the power play, an 11.9 percent conversion rate that was last among the league’s 31 teams. After his penalty kill went 4 for 5 against Washington, coach John Tortorella pointed out Columbus has kept its head above water with shaky special teams and could finally develop some consistency if those units round into form.Bobrovsky is certainly there. The 2013 and 2017 Vezina Trophy winner was far more dialed in Friday than during the first round last spring against the Capitals when Columbus blew a 2-0 series lead.The Russian goaltender who can be a free agent after the season was at his best early in making 15 first-period saves and then late on two third-period penalty kills that helped the Blue Jackets win in regulation and take over sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.“I felt pretty good again Dennis Cholowski Jersey Womens ,” said Bobrovsky, who faced 34 shots and never looked out of a play. “I know that the Washington is a really good team, and if you relax too, too much they’re going to score a goal right away. So, you have to respect them and compete against them. It’s so much fun to beat them.”Captain Nick Foligno thought the Blue Jackets respected the Capitals too much, sitting back and leaning on Bobrovsky to win them the game. He allowed only a power-play goal to Matt Niskanen, who was wide open when he blasted home a shot from the point.Washington’s Braden Holtby, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2016, was on top of his game in stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced. The Capitals’ two-game winning streak came to an end, but they haven’t allowed an even-strength goal in their past three.“Right now http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-devin-shore-jersey , we just can’t seem to kill a penalty,” Niskanen said. “In a tight game, that hurts.”Bjorkstrand rewarded Tortorella for putting him on the top line and the power play in place of right wing Cam Atkinson, who missed the game with an illness. Niskanen scored his goal from the point on Washington’s top power-play unit in place of defenseman John Carlson, who’s listed as day-to-day with lower-body injury.NOTES: Referee Brad Meier left in the first period after losing an edge and appearing to twist his right knee. Meier needed help getting off the ice, and the NHL said he had a lower-body injury. The game finished with three officials. … Capitals D Jonas Siegenthaler made his NHL debut, taking Carlson’s spot in the lineup. … Washington placed D Brooks Orpik on long-term injured reserve. He’ll miss at least the next five games. … Linda Laughlin, who is battling serous uterine cancer, dropped a puck along with husband and former Capitals forward Craig Laughlin during a ceremonial faceoff on Hockey Fights Cancer night.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Return home to face the New York Rangers on Saturday night to complete the back-to-back.Capitals: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday to wrap up a five-game homestand.

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