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, Alberta (AP) Christopher Gibson refused to take all the
credit after leading the New York Islanders to a much-needed win.The rookie
goalie made 50 saves as the Islanders beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 to snap an
eight-game losing streak.”Personally it’s great, but hockey is a team game,”
said Gibson, who improved his record this season to 1-0-2. ”It’s a great
feeling. I’m happy that the team won today. I think it was a full team effort. I
let out some bad rebounds and guys were there to clear them out.”It was the
second NHL win for Gibson, who went 1-1-1 for the Islanders in the 2015-16
season.”Ever since he’s been in the organization he’s been a great goaltender
and tough to score on,” said forward Anders Lee, who had two goals. ”We always
know the potential that these (young) guys have, but when you come into the game
and play as calm as he has been, it’s been a wonderful surprise.”Johnny Boychuk
had a goal and two assists for the Islanders, who were 0-4-4 since winning at
Carolina on Feb. 16. Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle also scored, and Casey Cizikas
and John Tavares had two assists each.New York pulled seven points behind
Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.”To get a win,
especially when we’ve been playing one-goal games and going into overtime and
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,” Boychuk said. ”We know we’re in a corner and
we have to win as many games as we can.”Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist
for the Flames, who kicked off a three-game homestand after going 2-0-1 on the
road last week. Mark Giordano also scored.”It’s frustrating,” Giordano said. ”I
think the problem is we’re getting down a lot at home where we’re forced to
press a lot because you’re down by a few goals. That was the case again
tonight.”Mike Smith made 22 saves in his return after missing 13 games with a
lower-body injury.”I thought early on there I was a little sloppy, but I felt
like I settled in pretty well as the game went on and got more comfortable,”
Smith said. ”Tonight I think mentally we weren’t engaged enough at the start of
the game and it cost us.”Leddy opened the scoring at 2:14 of the first period
when he fired a point shot that deflected off the post and in behind Smith.Just
18 seconds later, another point shot by Boychuk deflected off Calgary forward
Troy Brouwer’s stick and past Smith to make it 2-0.Gaudreau scored at 7:23 to
pull the Flames within one when he took a pass from Sean Monahan before snapping
a shot to the short side past Gibson.The Islanders regained their two-goal
advantage 3:02 later as Eberle tipped Boychuk’s shot on net before picking up
his own rebound and backhanding the puck past Smith.Boychuk continued his strong
performance early in the second period when he fired another slap shot on net
that Smith stopped, but the rebound went right to Lee, who swatted it into the
net to put New York up 4-1.Giordano poked a loose puck in the crease into the
net behind Gibson at 7:24 of the third to pull the Flames within two.The Flames
continued to put on the pressure, but weren’t able to get any more pucks past
Gibson, who stopped point-blank chances by Sam Bennett and Gaudreau.Lee then
added an empty-net goal with 10.1 seconds remaining.NOTES: Smith sustained his
injury late in Calgary’s 3-2 win over the Islanders in New York on Feb. 11. …
The Flames compiled a 5-6-2 record with Smith out of the lineup. … In addition
to activating Smith off injured reserve, the Flames also assigned G Jon Gillies
back to Stockton of the AHL on Sunday. … Gaudreau snapped a seven-game
goal-scoring drought, while extending his point-scoring streak to four games. …
Gibson became the third Islanders goalie this season to have at least 50 saves.
Jaroslav Halak made 50 in a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Feb. 15 and
Thomas Greiss had 52 in a 5-4 overtime win at Montreal on Jan. 15.UP
NEXTIslanders: Host Washington on Thursday night.Flames: Host Edmonton on
Tuesday night. DALLAS (AP) — Jim Montgomery didn’t pause very long to savor a
win in his NHL coaching debut.The Dallas Stars coach isn’t even sure it
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Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg scored less than two minutes apart in the
second period of a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.“I don’t
know why coaches have records. I really think players win championships, and
I’ve always believed that. I think coaches help give them opportunities to do
that.”Ben Bishop stopped all 30 shots for his first season-opening shutout and
the 25th of his career. Bishop has a four-game winning streak on opening
night.Shore broke a scoreless tie by putting in a rebound as he was going to his
knees. Radulov beat backtracking former Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski
one-on-one in a battle for the puck as they skated up the ice and slipped it
between Antii Raanta’s pads 27 seconds later.A little more than a minute after
that, Klingberg skated alone up the right side in 4-on-4 and beat Raanta inside
the far post.“A couple of big ‘yeahs’ by me behind the bench on every one of
them,” Montgomery said. “So, it was a great flurry by us.”Defenseman Connor
Carrick, acquired in a trade with Toronto three days before the opener, assisted
on the first two goals.Jamie Benn also had two assists in the Stars’ eighth
straight win over the Coyotes — all in regulation by a combined score of 30-13.
It was Dallas’ 11th consecutive home win over Arizona, a streak dating to
February 2012.The Coyotes — who opened last season with 10 straight losses, nine
in regulation — hit the post twice when the game was scoreless.Clayton Keller
did it in the first period, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the second less than a
minute before Shore’s goal sparked the Dallas flurry.“We hit the post, and then
…,” second-year coach Rick Tocchet said. “It’s the first game of the
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We have to play quicker and initiate.”Montgomery, who played his final game with
Dallas in 2002, was making his debut less than two years after winning an NCAA
championship at Denver. He is one of three current NHL coaches who made the jump
from college.General manager Jim Nill chose Montgomery as the club’s third coach
in three seasons after one year under Ken Hitchcock, who led the Stars to their
only Stanley Cup title in 1999 but missed the playoffs in his return 15 years
after he was fired.“It’s nice to not have to make him wait for it,” Bishop said
of Montgomery’s first win. “There’s a lot of firsts in here tonight. Monty’s
obviously one of them. Hopefully we can get him a lot more.”Missing several
injured forwards they figure to count on for scoring, the Coyotes outshot the
Stars 30-25 but didn’t generate many good chances in the final period. Raanta
stopped 22 shots.“It’s a new season. It feels way different,” Goligoski said.
“Every year there’s new faces in here. I don’t think (last year’s start) is on
anyone’s mind.”Bishop finished a season-opening shutout after getting injured
when he was working on one in his Dallas debut last season. He had stopped all
19 shots for a 1-0 lead over Vegas when Bishop took a puck to the mask early in
the third period and left the game. The Golden Knights rallied for a 2-1
win.“Can’t start thinking I’m feeling good because that’s like the worst thing
you could probably think to yourself,” Bishop said. “Did a good job of clearing
the front when there was a couple of ones that squeaked by.”NOTES: Stars D
Stephen Jones started the season on injured reserve. He was dealing with
headaches during the preseason. He says they might be related to concussions
sustained last season. … Coyotes D Jordan Oesterle went to the locker room in
the second period after a hard check from Tyler Pitlick but returned to the
game. … Stars F Tyler Seguin was scoreless in his first game since signing a
$78.8 million, eight-year contract extension.UP NEXTCoyotes: Home opener
Saturday against Anaheim.Stars: Second of four straight home games to start
season Saturday against Winnipeg.
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