Red Wings win at Islanders to close on Atlantic lead


AP

NEW YORK — Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser scored 1:11 apart in the second period to vault the Red Wings to a 4-2 win at the New York Islanders on Monday, gaining ground in the NHL’s Atlantic Conference race.

The Red Wings moved within three points of division leader Florida; the same margin that separates the top teams in the Central Division after Dallas defeated Calgary to close in on idle Chicago.

Among other results, Arizona won in a shootout at Minnesota.

Detroit’s Brad Richards scored in the first period and Luke Glendenning added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal Detroit’s win against a team that had posed problems in recent history. The Red Wings had won only two of their previous ten against the Islanders.

Brock Nelson and Mikhail Grabovski scored for New York.

Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza scored 80 seconds apart early in the second period and that was enough for the Stars to beat Calgary 2-1.

Benn’s 28th goal of the season came 2:43 in the second, with a little backhanded flip just off the right post. Then Spezza had an open shot off the left post behind Karri Ramo after the goalie had skated up for another shot that was wide.

Arizona’s Anthony Duclair had the only goal in the shootout to give the Coyotes a 2-1 win at Minnesota.

Rookie goaltender Louis Domingue made 34 saves and stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout. Antoine Vermette tied it with 1:13 left in regulation.

Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle got his third goal in three games with 9:40 left but failed on the last attempt in the shootout.

Boston’s Brett Connolly tipped in a wobbly Zdeno Chara’s shot with 1:54 left, lifting the Bruins over Philadelphia 3-2.

The New York Rangers gave up a two-goal lead in the third period before surging again to beat Buffalo 6-3, making it eight straight wins against the Sabres.

Columbus’ Cam Atkinson had his third-career hat trick and Brandon Saad scored twice to help the Blue Jackets beat struggling Montreal 5-2 to end a three-game losing skid.