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Dec 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games.
Devils 2, Islanders 1
Zajac was credited with the goal when a slap shot by defenseman Marek Zidlicky bounced off Zajac's left shoulder and fluttered past Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Zajac crumbled to the ice as the goal light went on and was hunched over in pain as he went to the Devils bench.
Schneider made 10 of his saves in the first 10 minutes of the third period before the Islanders finally tied it on a goal by center Frans Nielsen. But the Devils needed less than three minutes to re-take the lead on a goal set up by a pass from right winger Jaromir Jagr to Zidlicky.
Center Adam Henrique also scored for the Devils, who stopped a two-game losing streak to improve to .500 (16-16-8).
Red Wings 4, Panthers 3
The Detroit Red Wings welcomed back left winger and captain Henrik Zetterberg, who scored a goal and helped his team hold off the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center. Detroit went 3-6-2 in 11 games without Zetterberg, who was out with a back injury.
Saturday's tie-breaking goal was scored by defenseman Brendan Smith, who scored his first goal of the season after just 42 seconds elapsed in the third period to make the score 3-2.
Center Gustav Nyquist added a needed insurance goal just 38 seconds later as he pounced on a rebound for his fifth marker of the season.
Panthers left winger Sean Bergenheim scored his second goal of the game and seventh of the season to draw Florida to within 4-3 with 15:33 left.
Senators 4, Bruins 3
Winger Bobby Ryan scored the tie-breaker with 4:35 left in the third period and the Ottawa Senators held on to defeat the Boston Bruins at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Ryan's team-leading 18th of the season was a brilliant solo effort as he stole the puck from Bruins defenseman Tory Krug at the Ottawa blue line and finished off a breakaway with a backhand after deking Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson to the ice.
The win was just the fourth for the Senators in their last 18 meetings with the Bruins, and it successfully avenged their 5-0 loss in Boston on Friday.
Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay (23-11-4) entered the game two points ahead of Montreal (23-13-3) for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Tampa Bay swarmed the Canadiens in the third period, completely reversing the earlier momentum. But Montreal was again the aggressor in overtime as center Tomas Plekanec forced Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop to make a game-saver from close range. The goal was Eller's ninth of the season.
Predators 3, Kings 2
Veteran center Mike Fisher scored twice in the last 3:18, including the game-winner at 19:33, to lift the Predators to a dramatic victory as Nashville snapped its second five-game losing streak in a month at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.
After Los Angeles center Jeff Carter snapped a one-timer past goaltender Marek Mazanec at 19:23 for his 12th goal, Fisher took a centering pass from center Colin Wilson and wristed a shot that caromed off goalie Ben Scrivens and trickled just over the goal line.
The goal survived a video review and the Predators (17-18-4) had just their fourth win of December. The Kings (25-10-4) lost their second straight game.
Ducks 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)
The victory was a franchise-record 10th straight for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks (28-7-5) as they extended their home record to 14-0-2. Goaltender Jonas Hiller tied a franchise record by winning his eighth straight game, stopping 23 Phoenix shots.
Koivu's game-winner was his seventh of the season and came off a deflection from a shot by defenseman Ben Lovejoy 51 seconds into overtime with defenseman Cam Fowler earning the second assist.
Blues 6, Blackhawks 5 (SO)
Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Goalie Brian Elliott stopped a shot by left wing Brandon Saad following Shattenkirk's goal, which came with the two teams tied 2-2 in the shootout.
The Blues also got goals from right wing T.J. Oshie and right wing Vladimir Tarasenko in the shootout while Chicago scored on goals by center Jonathan Toews and left wing Patrick Sharp.
The Blues had to rally from deficits of 3-1 and 5-3 in the game, tying it for the second time with just 2:34 left. The Blackhawks had the best scoring chance in overtime when Toews broke in alone but was stopped by Elliott with 1:10 to play.
Flyers 4, Oilers 3 (SO)
With the Philadelphia Flyers 0-3-2 in their previous five road games and the Edmonton Oilers 1-4-1 when playing the second of back-to-back games, it was probably no surprise that neither side was able to grab this one by the throat.
Between the giveaways, the bad penalties, the soft goals, the inept penalty killing and the blown leads, it seemed like it was simply a question of who would give it away last.
It turned out to be the Oilers, who lost a sloppy shootout decision at Rexall Place thanks to Flyers left winger Michael Raffl's winner. Up until the shootout, it was like a game of ping-pong, with the two teams handing the game back and forth. (Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)
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