Okposo's hat trick leads the Islanders

– Kyle Okposo scored three of his four goals in the third period to complete his first NHL hat trick, and the New York Islanders jumped back into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner also scored, and Islanders captain John Tavares had three assists — including his 200th in the NHL.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored twice and assisted on David Perron's power-play goal.

Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for the Islanders and outdueled fellow NHL All-Star Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 29 shots.

HIGHLIGHTS

•JOHANSEN STILL ROLLING: Ryan Johansen extended his personal- and franchise-record points streak to 12 games with an assist in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 loss to the visiting Rangers. It's the longest such streak in the NHL this season.

•PUSHING TO THE FINISH: The Nashville Predators scored two goals in the game's final five minutes to secure the 4-3 win over the visiting Washington Capitals. James Neal led the Predators with two goals.

•MILLER SLAMS DOOR: Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots in his second straight shutout and the Vancouver Canucks beat the host Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

•SPARING SECONDS: Bryan Little and Chris Thorburn scored 28 seconds apart in the third period to break a tie, and the Jets beat the Blackhawks 4-2.

•DELAYED TAKEOFF: The Ducks and Devils were tied 1-1 after the first period before the Ducks scored four unanswered goals to secure a 5-1 home victory.

•MARCHAND OUT: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended for two games sans pay by the NHL for slew-footing Rangers forward Derick Brassard on Thursday. The suspension will cost him $48,387.

•STAAL, RANGERS NEAR EXTENSION: Marc Staal and his representatives were putting the finishing touches on a six-year extension worth about $35 million, according to two persons familiar with the negotiations.

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