Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Okposo tied the game late in the third period and scored the game-winner in the shootout as the New York Islanders avoided both a home-and-home and a season series sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 4-3 win at Nassau Coliseum. Okposo scored on a backhand to open the fourth round of the tiebreaker. Anders Nilsson, in his first action for New York since Dec. 9, turned away Sean Couturier's bid to claim just the second win of his NHL career. Nilsson made 26 saves for an Islanders team that struck twice in the third to erase a 3-1 deficit. The Flyers had outscored New York 16-8 while winning the first three meetings. Ray Emery stopped 40 shots for Philadelphia. Philly scored all three of its goals in the second period. Matt Read lit the lamp twice and Wayne Simmonds added career goal No. 99.
Final Score: Boston 3, Los Angeles 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Marchand tallied twice, including the game winner early in the third period, as Boston edged Los Angeles, 3-2, at TD Garden. Chad Johnson came up with 21 saves and Torey Krug added the other score for the Bruins, who bounced back from Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss in Chicago. Willie Mitchell and Jeff Carter provided offense for the Kings, who have dropped back-to-back road contests and fell to 1-1-1 on their current five-game trip. Jonathan Quick stopped 20 shots in defeat, hours after being named one of the league's Three Stars for last week.
Final Score: Florida 5, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Shore scored twice and Jesse Winchester added three assists, as Florida put an end to Pittsburgh's team- record 13-game home winning streak with a convincing 5-1 decision at CONSOL Energy Center. Jonathan Huberdeau, Dmitry Kulikov and Shawn Matthias also lit the lamp for the Panthers, who halted an eight-game slide in the Steel City since a 6-1 result on Jan. 3, 2009 at the now-demolished Mellon Arena. Scott Clemmensen put the clamps down on the best team in the Eastern Conference with 35 saves. Matt Niskanen registered the lone goal and Marc- Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the Penguins, who hadn't lost on friendly ice since a 2-1 setback to the Flyers on Nov. 13.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Detroit 1
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots to help the St. Louis Blues take a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Barret Jackman, Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk and Magnus Paajarvi all scored for the Blues, who had lost three of four coming into the game. Gustav Nyquist scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, who have dropped three of their last four. Jimmy Howard started the game in net, but left halfway through the second period with an undisclosed illness. He had allowed three goals on 25 shots with Peter Mrazek taking over and giving up a goal on 14 shots.
Final Score: Nashville 4, Dallas 1
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Carter Hutton made 35 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday. Nick Spaling, Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Mike Fisher each scored for the Predators, who have won three of four. Josi also had an assist and Eric Nystrom had two helpers. Cody Eakin had a power-play goal for the Stars, who have lost three in a row and nine of their last 10 (1-8-1). Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 23 shots.
Final Score: Toronto 4, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri netted a power- play goal each, as Toronto posted its fifth straight victory with a 4-2 decision over Phoenix on Monday. Jake Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson also tallied for the Maple Leafs, who haven't tasted defeat since a one-goal loss at Washington on Jan. 10. Jonathan Bernier came up with 39 stops for the win, his fourth straight positive decision. Mike Ribeiro and Antoine Vermette scored for the Coyotes, who have lost five of their last seven. Mike Smith allowed all four scores on 29 shots in the setback.
Final Score: San Jose 3, Calgary 2
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Pavelski scored twice as the San Jose Sharks edged the Calgary Flames, 3-2, on Monday. Fresh off his first career hat trick, a natural one, in a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday, Pavelski recorded his 26th and 27th goals of the season, with the last one helping the Sharks win a fourth straight game. Tommy Wingels had the other goal, while Antti Niemi allowed two goals on 23 shots for San Jose, which has won all three matchups with Calgary this season. Kevin Westgarth and Jiri Hudler lit the lamp for the Flames, who have dropped four straight and seven of eight. Karri Ramo gave up all three goals on 27 shots in the loss. Before the game, Calgary head coach Bob Hartley was issued a $25,000 fine from the NHL stemming from his actions in Saturday's game against Vancouver.