NHL roundup: John Tavares leads Islanders over Wild
John Tavares had two goals and an assist, Johnny Boychuk scored for the second straight game and the Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild, 6-3, on Sunday in New York.
Calvin de Haan, Alan Quine and Thomas Hickey also scored to help the Islanders reach their highest scoring total of the year and win for the third time in four home games at Brooklyn.
Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for his first win in two starts this season.
Islanders rookie Johnny Beauvillier had two assists, giving the 19-year-old at least a point in three straight games.
Zach Parise scored twice for Minnesota to top 300 goals for his career, and Nino Niederreiter also scored. Second-string goalie Darcy Kuemper made 27 saves.
After a scoreless opening period, Parise got the Wild on the scoreboard at 1:15 of the second with his 300th goal. The Islanders eventually responded by taking the lead with two goals 34 seconds apart.
First, Josh Bailey skated up the left side and passed into the slot to Tavares, who fired it in for his second of the season at 4:23. Then, de Haan fired a wrist shot from beyond the left faceoff circle past Kuemper for his first of the season.
Boychuk made it 3-1 at 7:31 when he fired a slap shot from the right point past Kuemper’s glove side. Parise pulled the Wild within one with 7:23 left in the second with his 301st goal. The Islanders put the game away in the third with goals from Quine and Hickey.
OILERS 3, JETS 0 (at Winnipeg, Manitoba) — Cam Talbot made 31 saves and Mark Letestu scored the first of three second-period goals, lifting Edmonton over Winnipeg in the Heritage Classic, an outdoor game delayed almost two hours by sunlight melting the ice.
The Heritage Classic victory extended Edmonton’s winning streak to three in front of 33,240 at Investors Group Field. Fans wore both Jets and Oilers jerseys to the league’s 19th outdoor game.
Zack Kassian had a goal and an assist and Darnell Nurse also scored for Edmonton.
Connor Hellebuyck, who had a tuque attached to his helmet, stopped 29 shots for Winnipeg.
The NHL said the start of the Heritage Classic game was delayed “due to intermittent sunlight on the playing surface” and “in the interest of player safety.”
DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 2 (at Anaheim, Calif.) — Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 8:36 to play and captain Ryan Getzlaf had three assists to lead Anaheim over Vancouver.
Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks. John Gibson made 17 saves .
Henrik Sedin scored the tying goal early in the third period for the Canucks, who lost in regulation for the first time this season.
DEMERS RELEASED: Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers is back at home after going to a Montreal hospital Saturday.
Demers’ Senate office would only confirm the 72-year-old Demers, a Canadian senator, was at home Sunday, but didn’t provide any details about why he went to the hospital.
— The Associated Press
SANTINI SENT DOWN: The Devils re-assigned Steven Santini, 21, of Mahopac, N.Y. to Albany (AHL) on Sunday after the rookie defenseman out of Boston College was a healthy scratch for the Devils’ first five games, including Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over the visiting Wild. Coach John Hynes has settled on a top six of Andy Greene, Damon Severson, John Moore, Ben Lovejoy, Kyle Quincey and Yohann Auvitu, a 27-year-old rookie from France. The Devils host the Coyotes on Tuesday.
— Andrew Gross