Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Antti Niemi stopped 35 shots and Martin Havlat netted the deciding goal late in the second period, as San Jose clipped the Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum. Matt Nieto, Joe Thornton and Jason Demers also scored and James Sheppard contributed two assists for the Sharks, winners in two straight on their current road trip and five straight overall. Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Frans Nielsen tallied once each for the Islanders, who kicked off a four-game homestand with their seventh loss in 10. Evgeni Nabokov faced his old team for the first time, but came up short despite a 22-save effort.
Final Score: Washington 4, Vancouver 3
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Green tallied the game-winning goal in the third to lift the Washington Capitals over the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, on Friday. Joel Ward, Alexander Ovechkin, and Tom Wilson also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a two-game skid. Evgeny Kuznetsov added three helpers and Jaroslav Halak turned made 38 saves in the win. Already without Daniel Sedin, Vancouver head coach John Tortorella announced earlier on Friday that another star would be out of the lineup. Ryan Kesler is expected to miss a few weeks with a right knee injury. Jordan Schroeder, Shawn Matthias, and Nicklas Jensen all lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have dropped two of their last three. Eddie Lack made 17 stops in defeat.
Final Score: Detroit 2, Edmonton 1 (SO)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Tatar scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Tatar faked from the backhand to his forehand before lifting the puck high over Viktor Fasth. Jimmy Howard then stopped Taylor Hall for the win. Riley Sheahan scored in the first period and Howard finished the game with 21 saves for the Red Wings, who had dropped four of five coming in. Ryan Smyth scored in the third period and Fasth made 22 saves for the Oilers, who have dropped three of four.
Final Score: Florida 5, New Jersey 3
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Boyes, Scottie Upshall and Vincent Trocheck lit the lamp in the third period, as Florida rallied from a two-goal deficit to down New Jersey, 5-3, on Friday. Brian Campbell and Quinton Howden also tallied and Jonathan Huberdeau picked up a pair of assists for the Panthers, who ended a three-game slide. Roberto Luongo stopped all 11 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes and recorded 28 saves for the contest. Bryce Salvador, Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who saw a two-game win streak conclude. Damien Brunner added two helpers, but Cory Schneider allowed four goals on just 21 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Nashville 3, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Ellis got the game-deciding goal early in the third period and Roman Josi assisted on all three goals as Nashville escaped Chicago with a 3-2 decision at United Center. Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist netted first-period scores for the Predators, while Pekka Rinne was solid in net by making 31 stops. Jonathan Toews and Peter Regin supplied offense for the Blackhawks, but Corey Crawford yielded all three scores on 29 shots in defeat.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Winnipeg 2
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Carl Hagelin powered the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets with his first career hat trick on Friday. Chris Kreider accounted for New York's other marker and Kevin Klein supplied two assists as the Rangers snapped a two-game skid. Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to earn his 301st career win to tie Mike Richter on the franchise's all-time win list. Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets, who have lost six straight games. Ondrej Pavelec allowed two goals on eight shots before exiting the game after the first period with a lower-body injury. Al Montoya entered the game and made 13 saves in the loss.