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Islanders shock Wings 4-3 in overtime @NHL
Just as they did 25 years earlier, the New York Islanders spoiled New Year's Eve for the Detroit Red Wings.

PA Parenteau's power-play goal with 1:03 left in overtime gave the Islanders a 4-3 victory at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night, sending a sellout crowd of 20,066 home disappointed -- and proving that history does sometimes repeat Itself. The only other time the Isles spent New Year's Eve in Detroit, in 1985, they won 5-4 in OT on a goal by Mikko Makela.

Those Islanders still had the core of the dynasty team of the early 1980s, while the Wings were rebuilding. The roles are reversed now -- the Isles came to Detroit 29th in the overall standings -- but the result was the same.

The Isles plummeted to the bottom of the standings after dropping 20 of 21 games. But since then, they are 6-1-1 and own back-to-back victories against the two conference leaders, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

"They're starting to come together as a group," interim coach Jack Capuano said. "They're believing in each other and having fun."

The Wings dominated from the start and opened the scoring 11:52 into the game when Johan Franzen's shot from the lower right circle got through Dwayne Roloson's pads. The Isles didn't have a shot on goal until they got their first power play at 13:17 -- then needed only five seconds to tie the game. John Tavares won a draw back to Andrew MacDonald, whose shot hit Moulson's stick and popped into the air. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom accidentally swatted the puck into his own net.

Tavares put the Isles ahead with 2.9 seconds left in the period off another faceoff win, backhanding a loose puck through Jimmy Howard's legs. Yet another faceoff win led to the Isles' third goal, as Jesse Joensuu deflected Milan Jurcina's shot into the net at 15:13 of the second period.

"They won three faceoffs in our zone, and whether they were seeing-eye pucks or whatever, they found a way to score on those opportunities," Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

The Wings, who controlled play for most of the night and outshot the Isles 41-23, got one back with nine seconds left in the period when Valtteri Filppula whipped in a rebound off a scramble, then tied it at 10:18 of the third as rookie Tomas Tatar scored his first NHL goal.

Detroit got a power play 58 seconds into OT when Blake Comeau was called for tripping, but didn't score and gave it back when Henrik Zetterberg was called for holding at 2:24. Parenteau won it with a one-timer from the left circle after a superb across-the-slot pass by Tavares.

"He gave it to me without looking -- pretty sick, actually," Parenteau said.

Roloson, the NHL's First Star last week, made 38 saves and showed no ill effects from Monday night's 7-2 loss to the Rangers in which he faced 52 shots.

"He gives us a chance to win," Parenteau said of the 41-year-old. "He's getting older, but he's getting better with age."

The Isles continued their odd mastery of the Wings -- they are 4-0-1 in their last five meetings, including three consecutive wins in Detroit.

"Any way you look at it, they came in, they worked hard, they got back their goaltender who was first star, and they won the game," Babcock said. "They're trying hard defensively and they're getting good goaltender, which is giving them confidence. They beat us 6-0 last year and 2-0 in here the year before. We didn't get the result we wanted."

Canadiens 3, Panthers 2 (OT) | HIGHLIGHTS

Earlier in the week, the Islanders traded defenseman James Wisniewski to Montreal for draft picks. Wisniewski seems to be fitting in pretty well with his new club. Of course, scoring the game-winner in overtime is a good way to make friends.

Wisniewski scored his second of the night 3:41 into overtime as the Canadiens overcame an early two-goal deficit to beat the Panthers, delighting thousands of red-clad Montreal fans in the crowd of 20,072 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Wisniewski, acquired for his offensive skills, fired home a rebound after Michael Cammalleri's shot was stopped by Tomas Vokoun.

"Hopefully, our fans can celebrate a good New Year now," Wisniewski said. "We were struggling, so to come back from down 2-0 and get the win is big for us. Now, hopefully, we can build on this."

"Hopefully, our fans can celebrate a good New Year now," Wisniewski said. "We were struggling, so to come back from down 2-0 and get the win is big for us. Now, hopefully, we can build on this."

The Canadiens had just one win in the first six games of a seven-game trip and appeared to be headed for another loss when Stephen Weiss and Dmitry Kulikov scored for Florida in a 1:45 span early in the second period. But Wisniewski and Brian Gionta had power-play goals 1:55 apart later in the period to pull the Canadiens even.

"We have to be a little smarter the way we manage the game when it's 2-0. We say that over and over, we just got to do it," said Vokoun, who made 45 saves.

A 2-5-0 trip isn't great, but it's a lot better than going 1-6-0.

"We were all feeling the pressure," Cammalleri said. "We wanted to get out of it and we were able to get out of it. Sometimes to get out of these it takes a game like this where you don't score six or seven goal, but it takes 64 minutes and 48 shots to get it done."

Devils 3, Thrashers 1

Former Thrashers Johan Hedberg and Ilya Kovalchuk got a little revenge against his old team and helped the Devils end a six-game losing streak.

"It was a very emotional game for me and it left a very sour taste in my mouth," said Hedberg, who replaced All-Star goalie Martin Brodeur in the second period of a 7-1 loss to the Thrashers at Atlanta 13 days earlier. "That game was an embarrassment."

"The last time we played them, it wasn't pretty," Kovalchuk said.

This time was a lot better. Hedberg made 28 saves in a rare start and Kovalchuk scored a late insurance goal to give Jacques Lemaire his first victory since replacing John MacLean behind the bench on Dec. 23. He was 0-3-0 since coming back.

"It's like my first win ever," Lemaire said.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Mark Frayne also scored for the Devils.

Dustin Byfuglien had his 15th goal for Atlanta, which has dropped five of six. He leads NHL defenseman in goals and points (40).

Atlanta coach Craig Ramsay knew that the Devils would be a different team under Lemaire.

"You can see they had a game plan coming in and they stuck to it," Ramsay said. "They got ahead and they make things difficult when they get ahead like that. They're a good checking team and they have some big people who took advantage of us. We were playing our ninth game in 15 days and we're losing bodies and losing energy. The end result isn't what we wanted, but our kids battled all night. The effort was there."

Byfuglien cut the deficit to 2-1 with 7:46 left, but Kovalchuk beat Chris Mason on a breakaway 1:26 later to restore the two-goal margin.

Kovalchuk, for one, is happy to see 2010 come to an end.

"This wasn't the best of years," Kovalchuk said. "This year is over. We can turn the page and start a new year and if we do, we can turn things around. We needed this win. Six in a row was just too much."

Predators 4, Wild 1

Nashville rang out 2010 by ending a five-game losing streak with a road victory, shutting down the Wild before a disappointed crowd at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Predators, who have struggled to score, got goals by Cody Franson, Patric Hornqvist, Joel Ward and Sergei Kostitsyn, as well as a 22-save performance by Pekka Rinne.

"It was a solid game and everybody worked hard for each other. When we do that it's going to be hard to beat us," Hornqvist said. "It's a great feeling in the locker room, and was all the time on the bench."

The Wild got a late goal by Chuck Kobasew but lost for the second time in three games and were booed off the ice after the second period. The Wild are 3-6-1 in their last 10 home games.

"We weren't executing. We weren't sharp. They were sharper than we were and that was the difference in the game," center John Madden said. "I'm not going to sit here like I have all the answers."

For the first time in seven games, Nashville scored first when Franson beat a screened Niklas Backstrom with a slap shot from the blue line 4:37 into the game. Hornqvist made it 2-0 midway through the second period, tipping Shea Weber's slap shot past Backstrom

Ward and Kostitsyn scored empty-net goals, helping Rinne win for the first time since returning from a knee injury.

"It's hard to say when you're losing games that you feel like your old self, but I feel like I've been playing well, I'm just not getting the results," Rinne said.

Blue Jackets 4, Senators 3 (OT) | HIGHLIGHTS

Jakub Voracek made it a happy new year in Columbus by scoring 2:06 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets their third win in a row.

Voracek, benched for the past two games, took advantage of a lucky bounce. The puck took a big ricochet off the end boards, and neither Alex Kovalev nor Chris Campoli were unable to control it. Voracek raced in and powered the puck between Brian Elliott's pads for the win

"I was just happy to get a win. (We had) two wins in a row when I was a healthy scratch," said Voracek, who also had an assist. "I was a little scared I wouldn't be back in the lineup."

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson nearly spoiled the party for the 17,652 fans at Nationwide Arena when he scored with 1:11 left in regulation to force the overtime. In the end, all he did was delay the celebration a bit.

The Jackets, back home after a 3-2 win at Toronto on Thursday, ran out of gas after taking a 3-1 lead.

"Fatigue was a big factor for us," coach Scott Arniel said. "It was throughout our whole lineup. We found a way. We hung around and did what we had to do. Jake found an opportunity and persevered."

Ottawa coach Cory Clouston was pleased with his team's comeback, though disappointed with the outcome.

"We showed a lot of character," Clouston said. "Through (half of) the second period, we had seven or eights shots to their none. We worked hard against a good team that skated well. We're happy with the point, but we're disappointed with the loss."

Ducks 5, Flyers 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Anaheim came home after a seven-game trip for its first game at the Honda Center in 19 days and got two goals each by Jason Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky to beat the weary Flyers.

Bobby Ryan also scored and Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Toni Lydman each had two assists for the Ducks, who successfully began a six-game homestand. They won without captain Ryan Getzlaf, who's out indefinitely with multiple nasal fractures after being hit in the face by a puck on Tuesday.

"It helps with some of your younger players, knowing that they can win without Getzy," coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's a big part of our hockey club, and he's done a lot in a very short period of time in the NHL. Unfortunately, he's injured, and we need a lot of people to step up. So it's nice to see us get some offense from our back end."

Blake opened the scoring at 5:10 of the first period on a breakaway, beating Sergei Bobrovsky to the glove side with a backhander. Visnovsky made it 2-0 at 3:58 of the second, beating Bobrovsky high to the stick side from the slot after Selanne fanned on Koivu's pass from behind the net. Blake scored again exactly 2 minutes later on a rebound of Joffrey Lupul's power-play shot. It was his 22nd multigoal game and first since December 2009 with Toronto.

Andreas Nodl and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers, who lost for the third time in four games and squandered an opportunity to tie Pittsburgh for the Atlantic Division lead one night after a 7-4 win in Los Angeles.

"I don't like the way we played," coach Peter Laviolette said. "The second period was nonchalant and flat for us. That is why I used the timeout there. We got more desperate - but still weren't good enough in the third."

Canucks 4, Stars 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

Backup goalie Cory Schneider made 44 saves as the red-hot Canucks extended their winning streak to four games with a victory in Dallas.

"Dallas was probably the better team overall for 60 minutes, but sometimes all you need is a good power play and a good goalie," said Daniel Sedin, who along with twin brother Henrik scored power-play goals for the Northwest Division leaders.

Schneider, 6-0-2 this season, stopped all 18 shots he faced in the second period, including a penalty shot by James Neal.

"Some nights you need your goaltender to steal you a win, and that's what we got tonight, an outstanding performance from Schneids, who made the right saves at the right time," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We needed him big tonight, and he came up big for us."

Schneider was backed up by Roberto Luongo, who rejoined his teammates earlier Friday. Luongo had been with his wife, Gina, who gave birth to a boy, the couple's second child, on Wednesday in South Florida.

Daniel Sedin and Raffi Torres had goals in a 47-second span late in the first period, and Vancouver went on to improve to 13-1-2 in its last 16 games, 6-0-1 on the road during that stretch. Kevin Bieksa added a power-play goal for the Canucks, who went 3 for 5 with the man advantage.

Stars coach Marc Crawford said his team paid the price for taking some ill-advised penalties.

"I think tonight we played a pretty strong game, but we had some adversity and it came in the form of penalties that were self-inflicted for the most part and we didn't have any confidence in our penalty kill," he said. "I thought that maybe we were reading their press clippings about how good their power play is, and it seemed to me, we were back on our heels, and when we got aggressive on the penalty kill, I thought we killed much better."

Blues 4, Coyotes 3HIGHLIGHTS

Luckily for the Blues, a hockey game is only 60 minutes long. St. Louis had to hang on after taking a 4-0 lead as the Coyotes scared the full house at Scottrade Center by scoring three times in the third period.

"They didn't go away," said Blues forward Alex Steen, whose third-period goal turned out to be the winner. "They battled back, worked hard, but we got the 'W."'

Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 shots and the Blues won their fifth straight game. Brad Boyes, Erik Johnson and Alex Pietrangelo added goals and Barret Jackman had two assists.

"We wanted to finish the year on a winning note," Halak said. "Fortunately for us, we got a 4-0 lead. We got a little comfortable in there, giving them opportunities to score goals, but they all count. We got the two points and that's all that matters right now."

Shane Doan, who picked up his 700th career point, had two goals for Phoenix, the first at 6:20 of the third period to end Halak's shutout streak at 129 minutes, 29 seconds. Halak also has shutout streaks this season of 160:08 and 153:03.

Doan's second goal came with 20.9 seconds left, but the Coyotes couldn't get another good shot off.

"We had control of the play and you give Halak credit," Doan said. "He was really good tonight. When he's the best player on the ice, it's going to be tough."

Flames 3, Avalanche 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Calgary won its first game under new GM Jay Feaster as Tom Kostopoulos, Tim Jackman and Jarome Iginla scored in a 7:30 span of the second period and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots.

Fourth-line wingers Kostopoulos and Jackman, playing with center David Moss, also each had an assist.

"We feel like we've been playing hard and with a little bit of chemistry for a few games now," Kostopoulos said. "We seem to have a few bounces go in for us so it's nice that way. Moss and Jackman work hard every night so it's a lot of fun playing with them."

Calgary coach Brent Sutter was delighted with the line's play.

"They played extremely well again," Sutter said. "They have just carried on the way they have been playing and that was just two huge goals for us tonight. I was very pleased with their play. It's an energy line that works and competes hard and does it to the details. They play the way we want them to play and they were rewarded for it."

Daniel Winnik and Tomas Fleischmann had third-period goals for the Avalanche, coming off a 4-3 overtime victory in Edmonton on Thursday night. The Avs have lost four of their last five games.

"We were pretty resilient there in the third period, but it wasn't enough," coach Joe Sacco said. "It was a little bit too little, too late. At the end of the day it just wasn't good enough."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

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