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NHL roundup: Robin Lehner posts fifth shutout of season as Islanders top Coyotes

UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019

New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner stops one of 31 shots on the day to preserve his fifth shutout this season with a 2-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday in Uniondale, New York. (Frank Franklin II / AP)
New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner stops one of 31 shots on the day to preserve his fifth shutout this season with a 2-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday in Uniondale, New York. (Frank Franklin II / AP)
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Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored to back Robin Lehner’s fifth shutout of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 on Sunday in Uniondale, New York.

Lehner stopped 31 shots to help the Islanders win for the second time in two days and keep pace with first place Washington in the Metropolitan Division.

Starting for the second straight day, Lehner had nine saves in the first period, and 11 each in the second and third to improve to 22-12-5 this season.

Darcy Kuemper finished with 24 saves as the Coyotes lost their fifth straight (0-3-2), and finished 0-3-1 on a four-game trip. Arizona hasn’t won since March 14 against Anaheim at home, where there will play four of their last six games as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Lightning 5, Bruins 4: In Tampa, Florida, Steven Stamkos scored twice and finished with four points, and Tampa Bay became the fourth NHL team to win at least 59 games in a season, rallying from two goals down to beat Boston.

With five games left, Tampa Bay (59-14-4) has a chance to surpass the NHL record of 62 wins, set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. The only other franchise to win at least 59 was the Montreal Canadiens in 1976-77 (60 wins) and 1977-78 (59).

Anthony Cirelli scored the winning goal with 52.4 seconds left as Tampa Bay won when trailing after the second period for the ninth time this season.

Nikita Kucherov scored his 38th goal to record his 121st point of the year, the second-most by a Russian player in NHL history behind Alex Mogilny, who had 127 in 1992-93. Victor Hedman also scored.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 13 shots for Tampa Bay.

Capitals 3, Flyers 1: In Washington, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and Washington beat Philadelphia to snap a two-game skid.

Holtby helped Washington kill off three of four Philadelphia power plays, and that allowed the Capitals to avoid what would have been their first three-game losing streak since January.

Tom Wilson, Travis Boyd and Jakub Vrana scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Jakub Voracek scored a power-play goal and Brian Elliott made 27 saves for Philadelphia, which made a run from near the bottom of the league before running out of gas.

Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1 (OT): In Chicago, Duncan Keith scored 1:23 into overtime to give Chicago the win over Colorado.

The defenseman took a feed from Brandon Saad, bulled his way down left wing, shrugged off a check from Nathan MacKinnon and beat goaltender Phillipp Grubauer between the legs to snap the Blackhawks’ three-game losing streak. Chicago pulled within five points of Colorado for the second Western Conference wild card.

Artem Anisimov had a power-play goal for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

Alexander Kerfoot scored on a 5-on-3 power play for the Avalanche, who had won four straight.

Kings 3, Flames 0: In Calgary, Alberta, backup goaltender Jack Campbell made 42 saves in his second shutout of the season and Los Angeles beat Western Conference-leading Calgary.

Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Derek Forbort scored, and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which won its third straight.

Campbell earned his first win since Feb. 5 for the Kings, who won’t qualify for the postseason.

Flames goaltender Mike Smith made 18 saves.

Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 1 (OT): in Raleigh, North Carolina, Andrei Svechnikov scored with 1:45 left in overtime as Carolina rallied to beat Montreal in a matchup with Eastern Conference playoff implications.

Carolina’s Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the tying goal with 5:39 remaining, and Svechnikov ended it with a wrist shot in the extra session. Curtis McElhinney stopped 28 shots.

With the win, Carolina remained alone in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal squandered a chance to move into a tie with Carolina with a win.

Paul Byron scored in the first period, and Carey Price stopped 38 of 40 shots as Montreal had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Blue Jackets 5, Canucks 0: In Vancouver, British Columbia, Pierre-Luc Dubois ended a scoring slump with a goal and an assist and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky returned from injury to stop 21 shots as Columbus improved its playoff chances with a victory over Vancouver.

Josh Anderson had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Dzingel and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets (41-30-4), who moved within two points of the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Columbus also snapped a three-game road winless streak.

Dubois had gone 11 games without a point and 13 games without a goal.

The shutout was the seventh of the season for Bobrovsky.

Red Wings 3, Sharks, 2: In San Jose, California, Dylan Larkin scored in the first minute, Jonathan Bernier had 38 saves and Detroit beat San Jose.

The Red Wings have won four of their last five games after going 1-9-3 over their previous 13.

The Sharks lost their season-high sixth (0-5-1) straight game. It’s their longest skid since going 0-6-0 in March 2017.

Andreas Athanasiou and Christoffer Ehn also scored for Detroit.

Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones finished with 20 saves.

Blues 3, Golden Knights 1: In St. Louis, Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly scored to help St. Louis beat Vegas.

Jordan Binnington made 24 saves for his 21st victory of the season. He is one win short of matching Jake Allen’s record set in 2014-15 for the most by a Blues rookie goaltender.

William Karlsson scored for Vegas, which could have clinched a playoff berth with a win.

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