Hot Islanders top Blues in shootout

– Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 home victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Mikhail Grabovski tied it early in the third period for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss, making his third start in four games, stopped 31 shots through overtime. He also denied both St. Louis shooters in the tiebreaker.

The Islanders improved to 10-2-1 against Western Conference teams this season and are 5-0-1 in their past six games.

"We've come a long way," said Nielsen, who led off the shootout with a five-hole shot through Brian Elliott's pads to make him 41-for-76 (53.9 percent) in his career in shootouts. "It took us a little time to get into this game, but Greiss was good for us."

HIGHLIGHTS

•GAUDREAU FANS FLAMES: Johnny Gaudreau finished his hat trick in overtime after Jiri Hudler tied the score with 1.2 seconds left and the Flames beat Boston 5-4.

•PANTHERS RUN STREAK: Aleksander Barkov won it in the shootout as Florida beat the host Blue Jackets 2-1 to extend its winning streak to five games.

•BUFFALO OVERPOWERS COYOTES: Evander Kane scored twice in the third period and Chad Johnson made 18 saves to help the host Sabres beat Arizona 5-2.

•FLYERS WIN IN OT: Matt Read scored on a 2-on-1 break 3:24 into overtime, and the visiting Flyers beat New Jersey 4-3 for their season-high fourth straight victory.

•NILSSON SAVES OILERS: Jordan Eberle scored 45 seconds into overtime and Anders Nilsson made 42 saves to lift last-place Edmonton over the first-place Stars 2-1.

•SHARKS STREAKS ENDS: John Gibson made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Ducks ended San Jose's seven-game road winning streak with a 1-0 victory.

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