Josh Bailey’s goal with 1:40 left capped the Islanders’ furious third-period rally, and New York edged the Penguins, 4-3, Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Bailey took a feed from Frans Nielsen in front of the net and beat goalie Jeff Zatkoff for his fourth goal of the season. The Islanders scored three times in the final 7:14 and erased deficits of 2-1 and 3-2.
Nielsen, Matt Moulson, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for New York, and defenseman Radek Martinek had two assists in his season debut. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 39 shots.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored and Jussi Jokinen and Deryk Engelland also beat Nabokov but couldn’t stop the Penguins from losing their second straight.
Zatkoff, playing in his second NHL game, made 21 saves.
Pittsburgh dominated the game’s first 50 minutes, peppering Nabokov relentlessly. The veteran hung in long enough for New York’s lifeless offense to get going.
Sabres 3, Panthers 1 — Steve Ott scored the go-ahead goal, Jhonas Enroth made 44 saves, and Buffalo beat host Florida to break a three-game losing streak.
Rasmus Ristolainen and Cody Hodgson also scored for Buffalo.
The Sabres went ahead 2-1 at 12:42 in the third on Ott’s goal. Christian Ehrhoff took a shot from the point and Ott was able to tip it past Jacob Markstrom.
Blue Jackets 5, Maple Leafs 2 — Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made it stand up to lead host Columbus.
Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, had 23 saves.
Avalanche 4, Hurricanes 2 — Matt Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, and host Colorado continued its strong start.
Erik Johnson and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Avalanche (9-1), who topped Carolina at home for the ninth straight time. Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves in the win.
Ducks 2, Senators 1 — Ryan Getzlaf scored the winner, Frederik Andersen made 26 saves, and Anaheim earned the first victory of its eight-game road trip.
Patrick Maroon also scored for the Ducks on the third game of their trip.
Canucks 3, Blues 2 — Ryan Kesler scored his second goal of the game at 4:45 of overtime during a power play to lift Vancouver over host St. Louis.
With Patrik Berglund off for hooking, Vancouver took advantage of the 4-on-3 power play when Kesler got control of the puck down low in the slot and swatted it past goalie Jaroslav Halak.