Islanders beat Capitals in Barry Trotz’s return, move into first place

Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals, former Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss made 19 saves for the shutout and the New York Islanders moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division by beating the Capitals 2-0 on Friday night in coach Barry Trotz’s return to Washington.

Trotz’s Islanders have won four in a row and 14 of their past 17 games to leapfrog the team he coached to the Stanley Cup title last year. New York improved to 7-0 in the second half of back-to-back sets.

The Capitals have hit a rough patch under new coach Todd Reirden, losing four in a row for the first time since March 2017. Washington has just one 5-on-5 goal during its skid and has lost seven of 10.

Trotz, 56, was honored with a video tribute during the first period. Fans gave him a standing ovation throughout a video summing up his four seasons in Washington. Trotz left the Capitals in a contract dispute in June and was hired by the Islanders three days later.

Flames 6, Red Wings 4: Sam Bennett had two goals, including the go-ahead strike late in the third period, as host Calgary extended its points streak to seven games (6-0-1).

Penguins 3, Coyotes X2 Phil Kessel scored on a power play at 4:09 of overtime to lift visiting Pittsburgh. The Penguins had a 4-on-3 in overtime after Richard Panik was called for slashing and Kessel cashed in, redirecting Sidney Crosby’s shot from the point past goalie Darcy Kuemper.

Canucks 4, Sabres 3: Brock Boeser had a goal and an assist and Thatcher Demko stopped 36 shots as host Vancouver dealt Buffalo its fourth loss in five games.

Senators 4, Hurricanes 1: Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone scored 13 seconds apart in the second period for host Ottawa, which has won four of five after an eight-game losing streak.

Canadiens 4, Blue Jackets 1: Tomas Tatar and Joel Armia each scored twice and Carey Price stopped 34 shots for visiting Montreal, which has won four in a row.

Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1: Mike Matheson scored the winning goal to help host Florida snap a seven-game losing streak.

Briefly: The Panthers activated center Vincent Trocheck, who missed 27 games after breaking his right ankle in a game against the Senators on Nov. 19, and placed defenseman MacKenzie Weegar on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury. … Predators forward Ryan Johansen was suspended for two games for high-sticking Jets forward Mark Scheifele on Thursday.

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