Right winger Cal Clutterbuck scored in the second period as the New York Islanders concluded one of the best Novembers in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in front of a sellout crowd at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.
Left winger Nikolai Kulemin also scored for the Islanders, who went 11-3-0 last month to surge into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Only the 1980-81 Islanders team that won the second of the franchise’s four successive Stanley Cups recorded more wins in November (12-1-2).
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves and was particularly brilliant in the third period, when the Devils did not score despite outshooting the Islanders 16-2.
PENGUINS 3, HURRICANES 2
Pittsburgh tied a franchise record with their 10th win in the month, getting goals from left winger Chris Kunitz and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo less than two minutes apart in the first period in their victory over Carolina.
The Penguins also won 10 games in November in 1995 and 2010, and improved to 9-2-1 on the road — the best mark in the Eastern Conference.
MAPLE LEAFS 6, CAPITALS 2
Center Tyler Bozak scored two goals as Toronto defeated Washington.
Defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson, right winger David Clarkson and left winger Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Maple Leafs, while tight winger Phil Kessel added two assists.
BLACKHAWKS 4, KINGS 1
Two goals by center Brad Richards sparked the Chicago Blackhawks to a victory over Los Angeles Kings before a sellout crowd of 18,471 at Staples Center.
In their first meeting since the Kings defeated the Blackhawks in seven games in last season’s Western Conference Final, Chicago dictated from the start, winning their sixth contest in seven to finish 5-1-0 on their six-game road trip.
PREDATORS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1
Colin Wilson backhanded the rebound of center Craig Smith’s shot past goalkeeper Curtis McElhinney at 17:48 of the third period to give Nashville a win over Columbus.
McElhinney stopped 40 of the first 41 shots, but he was in no position to deny Wilson’s game-winner, his fourth goal of the season.
In other games, it was:
‧ Blues 3, Wild 2 (SO)
‧ Avalanche 5, Stars 2
‧ Flames 3, Coyotes 0
‧ Lightning 4, Senators 1
‧ Sabres 4, Canadiens 3 (SO)
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
‘GREAT COMPETITOR’: Former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was tested by American teenager Coco Gauff, before the Spaniard advanced in three sets Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Thursday cruised into the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia by handing their Japanese opponents a rare “double bagel,” a feat matched by US Open losing finalist Victoria Azarenka in the women’s singles. Top seeds Hsieh and Strycova took just 49 minutes to see off the challenge of Japanese duo Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-0, 6-0 on the clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome. The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved both break points they faced and converted six of 14, winning 62 percent of their first