Clutterbuck gets game-winner for Islanders
NEW YORK – Cal Clutterbuck broke a 2-2 tie 1:52 into the third period and the New York Islanders beat Colorado 5-3 on Monday night.
Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski, Casey Cizikas and Ryan Strome also scored and the Islanders won for the third time in four games. The goal was Clutterbuck's sixth of the season and the first of two third-period goals from the Isles' fourth line. "We might not score twice every night, but I think it just creates energy," Clutterbuck said. "It creates a feeling of teams being on their heels when we're out there getting scoring chances and creating a buzz."
•PRICE OUT SIX WEEKS: Montreal goaltender Carey Price will be out of the lineup for at least six weeks because of a lower-body injury. Last year's Hart and Vezina Trophy winner is expected to miss at least 16 games. First-year backup Mike Condon will take over the starting role.
•RANGERS KEEP CANES IN CHECK: Mats Zuccarello and Oscar Lindberg scored first-period power-play goals and the host Rangers beat Carolina 4-3, continuing their mastery of the Hurricanes. Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard also scored. New York improved to 18-1-0 in its past 19 meetings with Carolina.
•ROOKIE GOALIE GETS SHUTOUT: Rookie Garret Sparks became the first Maple Leafs goalie with a shutout in his NHL debut, lifting Toronto over the visiting Oilers 3-0. Sparks made 24 saves in the Leafs' first shutout since Jonathan Bernier blanked the Dallas Stars on Dec. 23, 2014.