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Sunday's NHL Capsules

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 9:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Sunday's NHL Capsules

DALLAS - John Tavares scored with 1:24 to go and Brock Nelson added an empty-netter, leading the streaking New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Kyle Okposo had two goals in New York's fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games.

The Islanders rallied past the Stars after trailing 2-0 after one period for the second time in a week. This time, New York scored three goals in the final 4:16.

Dallas (20-18-7) has lost six in a row for the first time since March 2011.

Ray Whitney and Sergei Gonchar scored first-period goals for the Stars against goalie Kevin Poulin, who finished with 29 saves.

Dallas goaltender Dan Ellis stopped 27 shots.

SABRES 2, CAPITALS 1, SO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cody Hodgson decided a lacklustre game with the only goal in the shootout, and Buffalo avoided matching the longest road losing streak in franchise history.

Hodgson, returning after missing eight games with a hand injury, beat Philipp Grubauer in a skills contest that mirrored the rest of the game — not many quality chances, hardly any pucks in the net.

Tyler Ennis scored in the first period, and Ryan Miller made 28 saves for the Sabres, whose 11-game road skid was the second-longest in club history, behind a 12-game streak in the 2011-12 season.

Jason Chimera also scored in the opening period, and Grubauer made 30 saves for the Capitals, who have lost five of seven.

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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals