After giving up a two-goal lead in the third period, the New York Islanders were relieved to get the win in the shootout.
Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored in the tiebreaker and the host Islanders beat Ottawa 5-4 on Tuesday night, giving head coach Barry Trotz his 800th win.
Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Devon Toews and Ross Johnston scored in regulation to help the Islanders snap a two-game skid.
“A little bit of an ugly third period for us, but we found a way at the end,” Lee said. “Right now, the two points is the biggest thing.”
Robin Lehner stopped 21 shots before leaving with an injury late in the third period. Former Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss stopped both shots he faced through overtime and denied Thomas Chabot and Bobby Ryan in the shootout.
The Islanders pulled into a tie with Washington atop the Metropolitan Division with 38-21-7 records and 34 regulation/overtime wins.
Trotz became the fourth head coach in NHL history to reach the 800-win mark, joining Scotty Bowman (1,244), Joel Quenneville (890) and Ken Hitchcock (842).
With the Islanders coming into Tuesday with three losses in four games on their homestand, Trotz said the milestone “was least on my mind today.”
Lee, however, was glad to get his coach the win. “It’s really nice,” he said. “He’s had a heck of a career. Happy to close this one out and move on.”
Penguins 3, Panthers 2: Jake Guentzel scored on a breakaway 2:44 into overtime to lift host Pittsburgh past Florida. Pittsburgh picked up two vital points as it tries to create some breathing room in its pursuit of a playoff berth. The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby finished with a goal and two assists as he became the 48th player in NHL history to reach 1,200 points.
Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3: David Krejci scored 1:46 into overtime to lift host Boston over Carolina, ending the Hurricanes’ five-game winning streak.
Ducks 3, Coyotes 1: Adam Henrique and Troy Terry scored power-play goals in the third period, and visiting Anaheim ended Arizona’s six-game winning streak.
Canadiens 3, Kings 1: Brendan Gallagher scored his 30th goal of the season, and Jordan Weal and Shea Weber also scored as visiting Montreal beat Los Angeles.
Avalanche 4, Red Wings 3: Nathan MacKinnon scored 2:29 into overtime and also had an assist to help host Colorado rally past skidding Detroit. MacKinnon’s 34th goal of the season gave the Avalanche two valuable points in the Western Conference wild-card chase.
Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1: Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped both New Jersey attempts to lead visiting Columbus.
Lightning 5, Jets 2: Nikita Kucherov tied Tampa Bay’s season points record with two assists to lead the host Lightning . Kucherov’s two points give him 108 for the season to tie the mark set by Vincent Lecavalier in the 2006-07 season when he finished with 52 goals and 58 assists.
Stars 1, Rangers 0: Ben Bishop made 29 saves in his 28th career shutout, John Klingberg scored a second-period goal and Dallas beat visiting New York. Dallas won its third straight to move one point ahead of Minnesota for the first wild-card spot from the Western Conference.
Predators 5, Wild 4: Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a shootout and host Nashville got its second win against Minnesota in three nights.
Canucks’ Sutter out: Vancouver center Brandon Sutter will have sports-hernia surgery again and is likely done for the season. The operation is on Sutter’s right side. He had sports-hernia surgery on his left side in 2015.
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