Islanders victorious at Red Wings, nearing coveted lead spot in East


AP

DETROIT, Michigan — The New York Islanders closed in on the NHL Eastern Conference lead with a 2-1 win at Detroit on Friday, with the winning goal awarded after a replay review to check it crossed the line.

The Islanders closed within two points of Eastern Conference leader Pittsburgh with a victory that keeps up their record of not having lost at Detroit since 2003.

Western Conference leader Anaheim suffered a setback with a heavy loss to Ottawa, while Winnipeg edged Boston.

New York’s Anders Lee knocked the puck over the goal line for a split-second in the second period, with the goal standing after the review.

Brock Nelson scored in the first period for the Islanders, and he also had an assist on Lee’s goa, while Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings.

Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman scored twice to lead the Senators to a 6-2 victory over Anaheim.

Erik Karlsson had two assists, Kyle Turris added a goal and an assist, and Milan Michalek, Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad also tallied for the Senators, who won back-to-back games for the first time since early November.

Ryan Getzlaf scored both goals for the Ducks, who failed to build on their four-point lead atop the West standings.

Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves to help the Jets beat Boston 2-1.

Mathieu Perreault broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period while Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg.

Torey Krug had Boston’s goal.

New Jersey’s Patrik Elias scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Devils a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay, ending a five-game losing skid.

Dallas won 2-1 at Calgary to send the Flames to their seventh successive loss.