Home Team in Caps
NY Islanders 5, PITTSBURGH 4 (SO)
Boston 4, COLUMBUS 3 (SO)
New Jersey 2, EDMONTON 0
ISLANDERS TAKE FIRST OF HOME-AND-HOME AGAINST PENGUINS
Kyle Okposo scored the deciding goal in the shootout New York Islanders after the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a two-goal deficit to force extra time in the first of a home-and-home series between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders (13-6-0, 26 points) trail the first-place Penguins (13-3-2, 28 points) by two points for the division lead. The teams meet again at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.
* The Islanders improved to 8-1-0 this season in games decided by one goal. They are 4-0-0 in shootouts.
* Okposo has converted on all four of his shootout attempts this season and is tied with Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg for first in the NHL with four shootout goals.
* Ryan Strome (1-2—3) set a career high with three points.
* Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin and Strome scored within a span of 1:35 in the first period.
WORKHORSE SCHNEIDER STARS IN DEVILS WIN
Making a career-high 20th consecutive start, Cory Schneider made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season (14th of his career) in the New Jersey Devils' 2-0 road win against the Edmonton Oilers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Schneider (20) passed Martin Brodeur (19 straight to open 2001-02) for the franchise record for most consecutive starts to open a season. Schneider is also just the third netminder since 2005-06 to make 20 (or more) consecutive starts to begin a season: Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks (43) and Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames (23) did so during the 2007-08 season.
* With the victory, Schneider improved to 9-8-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
* Adam Henrique (game-winner) and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Devils and Eric Gelinas (0-2—2) had his second multiple-point game of the season and the sixth of his career.
BRUINS OUTLAST BLUE JACKETS IN SHOOTOUT
In his second career NHL game, Alex Khokhlachev scored the lone goal of seven shootout rounds to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 road win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Bruins have won six straight games against the Blue Jackets and in a row in Columbus. Boston has not lot at Nationwide Arena since March 10, 2009.
* Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, Dennis Seidenberg started a Bruins rally when his slap shot from center ice beat goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Boston then took the lead with goals from Matt Fraser and Daniel Paille before Columbus’ Jack Johnson scored to force extra time.
* Defenseman Matt Bartkowski (0-2—2) recorded his first multiple-point game of the season and the second of his NHL career. His first came on Nov. 15, 2013, when he had two assists against the Ottawa Senators.
POSTPONED RANGERS-SABRES GAME RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 20
The postponed game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, originally scheduled to be played Friday night, has been rescheduled for Feb. 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET at First Niagara Center. The game between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators, scheduled to be played that night in Buffalo, has been moved to Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., ET.
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had two assists and has five points (1-4—5) in his past three games… Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist (1-1—2) scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season… Bruins forward Carl Soderberg had an assist in his 100th career NHL game… Columbus forward Ryan Johansen (1-2—3) recorded his sixth multiple-point game of the season. He leads the team with 23 points (7-16—23)… Dainius Zubrus skated in his 500th game with the Devils. … Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Oilers played in his 200th career NHL game… Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza signed a four-year extension. … The San Jose Sharks traded defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to Dallas for defenseman Brenden Dillon… Islanders radio play-by-play voice Chris King broadcast his 1,500th career regular-season game. He began as a color commentator for the team in the 1999-2000 season.