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Canucks fall apart in third

AP

The New York Islanders’ big comeback over the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-goal third period even caught them by surprise.

After all, in recent days it has been the Islanders who have let teams rally late to beat them.

Matt Martin scored the winner in the Islanders’ record-tying period, and New York erased a three-goal deficit in the final frame to beat Vancouver 7-4 on Monday night.

The Islanders trailed 3-0 after the second.

“A 3-0 deficit going into the third period, we were pretty deflated,” Martin said. “The coaches came in and made it clear we didn’t do enough in the second period and we didn’t play for one another, and if we didn’t pick up our game in the third period they’d have no problem taking guys out of the lineup.”

Martin made it 5-4 at 10:04 of the third for the Islanders.

Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan, Frans Nielsen, Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for New York (25-33-9), which scored four times in the first 6:22 of the third.

The Islanders tied the team record for goals in a period, matching the mark set in the second period of a 9-4 win over the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 1978.

Chris Higgins, Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Chris Tanev scored for the Canucks (29-28-10), who lost for the 12th time in 14 games.

“This is a kick in the teeth,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “It’s certainly going to take a little bit more than normal coach’s speak (to get) by this game.”

Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves in the win. Eddie Lack stopped 21 shots for the Canucks.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever been a part of a game like that,” said Kyle Okposo, who had three assists. “In the second period we were extremely flat.

“We came out in the third, and Bailey got a big goal for us. We smelled blood and rolled from there.”

New York’s first three goals came on power plays, and Nielsen’s scored right after another Vancouver penalty had expired.

Penguins 3, Capitals 2

In Washington, Sidney Crosby had a hand in both early goals as Pittsburgh converted on two of its first three shots, Chris Kunitz scored twice, and the Penguins beat Alex Ovechkin’s struggling Capitals.

Crosby finished with his 30th goal and two assists to raise his NHL-leading point total to 87, matching his uniform number. Pittsburgh beat Washington for the seventh consecutive time and overtook idle Boston for the Eastern Conference’s best record.

Kings 3, Flames 2

In Calgary, Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead Los Angeles to its eighth straight victory.

Avalanche 3, Jets 2 (OT)

In Denver, Matt Duchene scored 2:33 into overtime, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots to lift Colorado over Winnipeg.

Maple Leafs 3, Ducks 1

In Anaheim, Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and two assists, and Toronto celebrated coach Randy Carlyle’s return to the Ducks with a victory.

Predators 4, Senators 3 (OT)

In Ottawa, Seth Jones scored at 3:49 of overtime and Nashville defeated the hosts.

Coyotes 4, Lightning 3 (SO)

In Tampa, Radim Vrbata notoched the lone shootout goal to lead Phoenix past the the Lightning.

Blue Jackets at Stars —ppd.