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, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders are proving to themselves — and the rest of the NHL — that they are legitimate playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference.Anders Lee scored twice and the Islanders used a three-goal first period to win for the ninth time in 11 games with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.Michael Dal Colle notched his first NHL goal and Jordan Eberle also scored, Nick Leddy had two assists and Robin Lehner made 16 saves to improve to 10-1-0 in his last 11 appearances.“We just played really good with the lead,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We managed (the game) well, we stayed on them. There were no easy exits for them. We just played four lines. It was a real good team win.”Andy Greene scored the Devils’ lone goal in their 20th defeat on the road this season. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 22 shots.Lee opened the scoring after he redirected Leddy’s slap shot from the point past Blackwood at 5:48 of the first period. Leddy has 11 assists over the past 16 games. Eberle picked up the secondary assist.Dal Colle’s first career goal came at 9:19 of the first on assists from Scott Mayfield and Leo Komarov. Dal Colle, the fifth overall pick from the 2014 draft had struggled to produce in his 10-game NHL stint this season, recording only one assist before Thursday night.“It’s awesome,” Lee said of Dal Colle’s first goal. “You could see the smile on his face right away. The bench was going nuts. It’s a special moment for him.”Eberle extended his points streak to three games when he converted on the power play at 15:12 of the first period. He patiently waited at the faceoff circle to the left of Blackwood until an opening presented itself. Eberle has five points in the last seven games since returning to the lineup.Greene tipped Damon Severson’s shot at 7:07 of the third period to spoil Lehner’s shutout bid. Jesper Bratt also assisted on the play.“We didn’t have enough bite. We didn’t have close to enough bite,” Devils coach John Hynes said after the team lost for the fifth time in a seven-game span. “When it came to the competitive areas of the game, it was men against boys.”Lee added an empty-netter at 17:51 of the third period, his team-leading 18th of the season.The Devils struggled to generate offense throughout most of the contest Womens Deryk Engelland Jersey
, recording only 10 shots through the first 40 minutes. New Jersey’s power play woes also continued, failing to connect on two opportunities.The Islanders improved to 11-6-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents this season and will play against the Capitals on Friday, aiming to leapfrog Washington in the standings.“We have four lines that play good hockey,” Eberle said after his two-point performance. “When everyone is going we are a tough team to beat. That has to be our mantra.”NOTES: Blake Coleman’s career-high five-game points streak for the Devils was also snapped. … Thursday’s game marked the first time the Devils visited the Coliseum since Jan. 9, 2015. Only four players from that game remain on New Jersey’s roster (Greene, Keith Kinkaid, Damon Severson and Travis Zajac). … The Islanders improved to 24-2-1 when scoring at least three goals (including shootouts). … New York scratched forwards Tom Kuhnackl and Ross Johnston along with defenseman Lucas Sbisa. … Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy missed the game with an upper-body injury. … New Jersey forward Miles Wood did not play for the second straight contest due to a lower-body injury.UP NEXTDevils: Host Anaheim on Saturday.Islanders: Visit Washington on Friday PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart had a night he’ll never forget, and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers had a night they really needed.Hart made 20 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game.“It was something special tonight to be out there,” the 20-year-old Hart said. “I was trying not to think about it before the game. Now, it’s starting to sink in a little bit.”Radko Gudas also scored for Philadelphia http://www.officialkni...-adidas-james-neal-jersey
, which snapped a four-game losing streak.The Flyers were playing their first game since head coach Dave Hakstol was fired on Monday, a move that capped a tumultuous few weeks. General manager Ron Hextall was fired last month and new GM Chuck Fletcher ended Hakstol’s four-year tenure after a 1-4 road trip was punctuated by Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Vancouver. The Flyers entered the game last in the Eastern Conference with 28 points.“It’s a big relief for everybody,” Gordon said.Fletcher promoted Gordon from the Flyers’ AHL Lehigh Valley affiliate.Dennis Cholowski and Jacob de la Rose scored for Detroit, which has lost four in a row and five of six.“We didn’t make it hard enough on (Hart),” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “If I was the coach on the other bench, I would have thought it was an easy game for my team.”Hart was the club’s second-round pick (48th overall) in the 2016 draft. He was 9-5-2 this season for the Flyers’ AHL affiliate at Lehigh Valley, and earned the call-up on Monday after a strong recent stretch in which he went 4-1-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.“For a 20-year-old goalie, it was pretty impressive how calm he was,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “Good start for him.”Hart became the sixth goalie to start for the Flyers this season, marking the 14th time in league history a team has used six goalies in a season and the only time it has happened within the first 35 games.The rookie netminder wasn’t tested much Jonathan Marchessault Jersey
, and Hart’s best save may have come in the first period when he denied Dylan Larkin.“That was a critical save,” Gordon said.Hart also made a pair of good pad saves at the end of the second period to keep Philadelphia ahead 3-1.Hart preserved the win with a strong save of Martin Frk’s slap shot from the left circle with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.“That was a great first game for him,” Gordon said.Detroit tied the game at 1 on a power-play goal by Cholowski 4:12 into the second. He beat a screened Hart on the blocker side with a wrist shot from the slot.Philadelphia regained the lead 4:40 later on Gudas’ slap shot from the high slot that got past Jonathan Bernier’s right pad. The Red Wings challenged the goal, arguing that van Riemsdyk’s skate interfered with Bernier’s ability to make the save, but the officials disagreed and the call stood.Gostisbehere finished a stellar tic-tac-toe passing setup from Michael Raffl and Nolan Patrick with a wrist shot high over Bernier from the slot to make it 3-1 with 4:43 left in the second.De la Rose made it a one-goal game two minutes into the third by beating Hart through the pads from right in front after a quick pass from Frk from behind the net.Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring with 1:27 left in the first with a great deflection of Giroux’s wrist shot from in front of the crease.NOTES: Detroit G Jimmy Howard (back) was scratched after being injured in warmups. . The teams will meet twice more in the regular season. . Michal Neuvirth backed up Hart. Neuvirth has appeared in just two games this season. Starter Brian Elliott (lower body) is out until at least January. . Flyers RW Jakub Voracek played in his 800th game. … The Flyers continued their dominance of Detroit on home ice, making it 15 straight regular-season games without a regulation loss in Philadelphia. The Red Wings last skated to a regular-season regulation win in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 1997.The Flyers are 14-0-1 since.UP NEXTDetroit: At Carolina on Thursday night.Philadelphia: Host Nashville on Thursday night.