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Ducks win seventh straight, 3-2 over Devils

AP, NEWARK, New Jersey

Kyle Palmieri scored in overtime and the Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak to seven with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

The New York Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping New York Rangers 5-3, while Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in an eight-round shootout as the Vancouver Canucks rallied to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.

In Newark, New Jersey, Palmieri swung around Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and circled behind the New Jersey goal. He then tucked a wraparound behind goaltender Cory Schneider to win it for the Ducks.

Mathieu Perreault and Cam Fowler scored for the Pacific Division leaders, who matched the franchise record with their second seven-game winning streak this season. Jonas Hiller made 19 saves in the win.

Andy Greene and Michael Ryder had the Devils goals.

Perreault, who assisted on Palmieri’s score, gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead 10 minutes 47 seconds into the third.

He converted a centering feed from Palmieri that bounced off Gelinas’ skate and landed on his stick in the slot for his sixth goal.

New Jersey tied it again with 5m 02s to go in regulation. Andy Greene’s power-play goal was set up by Jaromir Jagr, who hit the defenseman in the left circle with a backhand pass.

Michael Ryder put New Jersey in front with his 10th goal at 4m 15s. He got a backhand pass from Adam Henrique and lifted a shot over Hiller’s left shoulder.

Earlier, Fowler made it 1-1 at 14m 06s with a blast from the left point, using Palmieri as a screen against Schneider.

In New York, Thomas Vanek broke a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period as the New York Islanders got their season back on track, downing the Rangers 5-3.

Vanek scored while his team had a two-man advantage 1m 18s into the third to give the Islanders just their second win in 15 games and first in regulation since Nov. 12 against Nashville.

Cal Clutterbuck scored a short-handed, penalty-shot goal, and Michael Grabner added a short-handed tally in the first period. Defenseman Brian Strait scored in the second, and Grabner added an empty-netter with 50.3s left for the Islanders.

In Chicago, Kesler fired a high shot past Antti Raanta to help Vancouver win their first in three games. Mike Santorelli was successful in the first round as the Canucks improved to 2-4 in shootouts.

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 21st goal and set up Kris Versteeg’s score in regulation, but Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin tied it at 2-2 with 9m 12s left in the third period. Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks.

In other games on Friday, the Washington Capitals scored three power-play goals in the second period of a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 5-2. Evander Kane, Michael Frolik and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist, helping the Jets to their first home win since Nov. 15.

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