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Moulson’s 4 goals spark Islanders over Dallas

Associated Press / December 4, 2011
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Matt Moulson scored a career-high four goals to help the New York Islanders beat the Stars, 5-4, last night in Dallas.

The left winger scored twice in the wild, seven-goal second period, giving the Islanders a 5-4 edge off a 3-on-2 break with 2:50 left with his team-high 13th goal of the season.

John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau each had three assists and Dylan Reese added his first goal of the season for the Islanders, 3-0-1 in their last four games.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro left after two periods because of a groin injury, and replacement Al Montoya stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period.

Eric Nystrom, the son of former Islanders great Bobby Nystrom, connected for Dallas, giving him 10 goals in his last 16 games. Tomas Vincour, Jake Dowell, and Tom Wandell had their first goals of the season for the Stars.

Moulson shoveled a power-play rebound of Taveras’s shot past goalie Andrew Raycroft at 8:55 of the opening period, then gave New York a two-goal pad at 10:54 of the first period after the puck bounced off the end boards on a shot by Tavares and onto Moulson’s stick.

Capitals 3, Senators 2 - Brooks Laich scored 12 seconds into overtime to give host Washington the victory over Ottawa, its first victory under new coach Dale Hunter.

Off the opening faceoff in overtime, Jason Chimera brought the puck down the left side and dumped it to Laich, who was trailing the play and slid to the right of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson for his fifth goal of the season.

Nicklas Backstrom scored less than two minutes into the game and Troy Brouwer also had a goal for the Capitals, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2 - Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis scored 1:27 apart in the third period, and Pittsburgh made a late defensive stand to beat slumping Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

Craig Adams had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby added an assist for the Penguins. They’ve won five of seven games since Crosby’s return, and he has two goals and 10 assists in that span.

Flames 5, Oilers 3 - Derek Smith tied it early in the third period and helped set up Mikael Backlund’s power-play winner with 9:35 left in Calgary’s victory in Edmonton.

Olli Jokinen scored twice for Calgary, the first on a power play early in the first and the second an empty-netter with 32 seconds left. Rene Bourque also scored in the first for Calgary, down 2-0 after Lennart Petrell and Sam Gagner scored for Edmonton in the first three minutes.

Panthers 5, Sharks 3 - Tomas Fleischmann scored the tiebreaking goal and Jack Skille added a shorthanded score in a three-goal second period that carried Florida over host San Jose.

Stephen Weiss, former Shark Marco Sturm, and Dmitry Kulikov also scored for the Panthers, who beat the Sharks for the fourth straight time and matched Philadelphia for the most road wins in the NHL this season with nine.

Rangers 4, Lightning 2 - Derek Stepan had a tiebreaking goal and added an assist, helping New York extend its winning streak to five with a victory at Tampa Bay.

Stepan, who took a shot off his left ankle in Thursday’s 5-3 win over Carolina, gave New York a 3-2 lead on a low slot rebound goal with 3:19 left in the game. Brad Richards scored an empty-netter in the final minute.

Sabres 3, Predators 2 - Luke Adam had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo in Nashville. Zack Kassian and Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo.

Craig Smith and David Legwand scored for Nashville. Anders Lindback made his third start for the Predators and gave up two goals in the first period.

Blackhawks 5, Blues 2 - Marian Hossa scored twice and visiting Chicago solved streaking St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott.

Flyers 4, Coyotes 2 - Claude Giroux scored his 15th goal of the season and Philadelphia dominated Phoenix early in a victory in Glendale, Ariz.

Jets 4, Devils 2 - Evander Kane scored a pair of goals to lead Winnipeg over visiting New Jersey.

Canadiens 2, Kings 1 - Carey Price made 26 saves and Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn scored as Montreal won in Los Angeles, ending a four-game losing streak.

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