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Early Cizikas goal carries Islanders to victory over Devils in road trip opener

AP, NEWARK, New Jersey

The New Jersey Devils’ Cory Schneider blocks the puck in the first period of their game against the New York Islanders in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday.

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Casey Cizikas on Friday scored a lucky early goal and Jaroslav Halak had 27 saves as the New York Islanders opened a season-long, seven-game trip with a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Halak was outstanding and had a little help from the post while getting his third shutout. Reid Boucher’s one-on-one chance in the first period hit iron, but Halak also made great saves in close against Sergey Kalinin, Kyle Palmieri and Lee Stempniak, the last one a pad save early in the third period when the Devils’ forward had a seemingly open net.

The Islanders are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, four points ahead of the fifth-place Devils with two games in hand.

Cory Schneider made 23 saves and the Devils lost their second straight.

HURRICANES 5, SHARKS 2

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Jeff Skinner scored twice in the third period as Carolina beat San Jose.

Joakim Nordstrom and Chris Terry also scored, and Jordan Staal added an empty-netter for Carolina.

The Hurricanes bounced back from a 4-2 loss at Ottawa on Thursday night and have not lost consecutive games in regulation in more than two months.

Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose, who have the league’s second-best road record. The Sharks had won three straight and were 4-0-1 in their past five games.

Cam Ward was back in the lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury and made 22 saves for the Hurricanes.

In other results, it was:

‧ Canadiens 3, Flyers 2, SO

‧ Sabres 4, Blue Jackets 0

‧ Flames 5, Canucks 2

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