Flames prevail to extend lead over Sharks

Calgary’s Austin Czarnik and Johnny Gaudreau scored 29 seconds apart in the third period to lead the host Flames to a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

Mikael Backlund and Travis Hamonic also scored as Calgary won its third straight after a four-game skid to take a three-point lead over the Sharks for the top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Casey Cizikas and Anders Lee scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders, whose loss was their third in regulation in their past 16 games.

Lee tied it 1:18 into the third when he one-timed a pass from Jordan Eberle into the net.

Czarnik then put the Flames back ahead at 6:10 and eight seconds after New York’s Nick Leddy was whistled for interference, Gaudreau made it 4-2 with his 30th goal.

Bruins 3, Golden Knights 2: David Backes scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout as visiting Boston extended its winning streak to seven games. Vegas has lost five of its past six overall and is 1-6 in its past seven home games.

Avalanche 7, Jets 1: Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Calvert scored 11 seconds apart as part of Colorado’s five-goal third period and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves as the host Avalanche won a second game in a row for the first time since late November. In addition, MacKinnon’s power-play goal snapped Colorado’s 0-for-29 dry spell on the man advantage.

Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 4: Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the winner 2:42 into overtime, for visiting Chicago. Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals each for Detroit, which rallied from a 4-1 third-period deficit to tie it.

Briefly: Minnesota traded forward Charlie Coyle (10 goals, 18 assists this season) to Boston for forward Ryan Donato (three goals, six assists) and a draft pick. … Anaheim wing Jakob Silfverberg (five years), Arizona defenseman Jordan Oesterle (two years) and Dallas defenseman Joel Hanley (two years) agreed to contract extensions. … Philadelphia defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended for two games for high-sticking Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov on Tuesday. … Buffalo wing Kyle Okposo will be out indefinitely because of a concussion, his third in less than three years.

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