Nelson's hat trick powers Islanders
NEW YORK – Brock Nelson scored his first career hat trick, leading the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
"Put pucks to the net and good things will happen," said Nelson, a former North Dakota standout from Warroad, Minn., who took over the team lead with 17 goals. "It was good to come out and put the pressure on. That is how we need to play."
Nelson broke a 2-all tie with his 16th of the season at 17:29 of the second period, scoring unassisted against goalie Anton Forsberg. The 24-year-old forward also scored at the 12-minute mark of the first and added an empty-net goal to seal it.
"He's got one of the best releases and shots I've seen in a long time," Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck said. "He can shoot it where he wants, and he can skate really well. It's a deadly combination."
•HAWKS EXTEND QUENNEVILLE, THEN WIN: Andrew Shaw scored two goals, Corey Crawford made 41 saves and the Blackhawks celebrated coach Joel Quenneville's contract extension with a 3-2 victory over the Predators in Chicago for their eighth consecutive victory. The Blackhawks closed out a perfect four-game homestand hours after they announced a three-year extension with Quenneville that runs through the 2019-20 season. Quenneville, the only active coach with three Stanley Cup titles, also moved into a tie with Al Arbour for second on the NHL list with his 782nd victory, trailing only Scotty Bowman (1,244). "We've got a great situation going here," said General Manager Stan Bowman, Scotty's son. "Fortunate to have Joel on board, and he's been a huge part of what we've accomplished as a group. There's no one more you want behind the bench than Joel."
•LIGHTNING ROLLS ON: Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots for his second shutout of the season and Steven Stamkos scored twice, helping the Lighting beat the Avalanche 4-0 for their first win in Denver since 2004. Ondrej Palat added a goal and two assists, and Tyler Johnson scored late as the Lightning wrapped up a 3-1 road trip.
•IN THE NICK OF TIME: Oliver Eckman-Larsson scored a power-play goal with 9 seconds left in overtime, giving the host Coyotes a victory over the Oilers.
•STALOCK SHARP FOR SHARKS: Alex Stalock made 21 saves as the Sharks earned a 4-1 victory over the Jets in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Stalock, a former Minnesota Duluth standout from South St. Paul, made 15 saves over the final two periods.
•BERGLUND COMES THROUGH: Patrik Berglund scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Ty Rattie netted his first NHL goal to lead the Blues to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Devils.
•HURRICANES STRIKE IN OT: Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal 3:02 into overtime, and the Hurricanes beat the Penguins 3-2 in Raleigh, N.C. Cam Ward made 23 saves for the surging Hurricanes, who won their third straight and have earned points in 12 of 16 games.