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Bruins remain unbeaten with win over Islanders

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BOSTON — Zdeno Chara scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Patrice Bergeron, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell also scored for Boston, which improved to 3-0-1.

New York’s Keith Aucoin had his first career two-goal game, and has scored three times in two games.

Rick DiPietro, playing his first game since Dec. 3, 2011, after last season was cut short by a groin injury, made 23 saves for the Islanders.

DEVILS 2, CAPITALS 2 (OT)

In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:39 into overtime, and New Jersey won its third consecutive game to start the lockout-shortened season, over winless Washington.

Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey, which is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season, the last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup.

Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green scored for Washington in the final 7:15 of regulation to force overtime.

The Capitals (0-3-1) became the last NHL team to earn a point this season.

LIGHTNING 6, SENATORS 4

In Tampa, Fla., Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals as the Lightning beat Ottawa.

Malone deflected Sami Salo’s blue-line slap shot at 3:39 of the third that pulled the Lightning even at 4. Tampa Bay took a 5-4 lead when the left wing scored from the low left-circle with 7:02 to play.

Tom Pyatt extended the lead to 6-4 with a late empty-net goal.

Matt Carle, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, who started a five-game homestand.

HURRICANES 3, SABRES 1

In Buffalo, N.Y., Jay Harrison scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left, helping lead Carolina to a win over the Sabres.

Harrison fired a slap shot from the right point after Eric Staal won the faceoff, and the puck beat Buffalo’s Ryan Miller on the short side.

Alexander Semin tied it for the Hurricanes early in the third period, and Jeff Skinner scored an empty-net goal for Carolina, which has won two consecutive games. Dan Ellis made 40 saves in his first start for the Hurricanes.

RED WINGS 5, WILD 2

In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift the Red Wings over Minnesota.

Pavel Datsyuk, who assisted on Zetterberg’s goal, put Detroit ahead by two late in the second period. Datsyuk also set up Bertuzzi on his second goal.

Zach Parise’s second goal of the season banked in off Zetterberg to pull the Wild within in the third.


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