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Anaheim Ducks nudge past New Jersey Devils on Friday

NEWARK, New Jersey--Kyle Palmieri scored at 2:37 of overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Palmieri, from nearby Montvale, New Jersey, swung around Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and circled behind the New Jersey goal. He then tucked a wraparound behind goaltender Cory Schneider.

Mathieu Perreault and Cam Fowler also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, 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. Schneider finished with 21 stops.

Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2 Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal, and Washington posted three power-play goals in the second period.

Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson and John Carlson scored with the man advantage and Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all four goals for the Capitals, who have won five of seven. Ovechkin had an empty-netter with 24.5 seconds left.

Jordan Staal and Riley Nash scored for Carolina while Cam Ward stopped 25 shots.

Washington's Philipp Grubauer matched a season high with 39 saves — and got some help from the choppy ice after Alexander Semin's shot with about 6 minutes left trickled just wide of the net.

Islanders 5, Rangers 3 Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month.

Vanek scored during a two-man advantage at 1:18 of the third to give the Islanders just their second win in 15 games and first in regulation since Nov. 12 against Nashville. They were 2-10-4 since then.

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 50.3 seconds left for the Islanders, who lost a 2-0 lead for the second consecutive game but had four goals for the first time in 15 games.

Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves for the win.

The Rangers got goals from Benoit Pouliot, Derek Dorsett and Derek Stepan, but Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 15 of 19 shots as New York fell to 1-4-2 on its team-record, nine-game homestand.

Other games on Friday:

Jets 5, Panthers 2

Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2, SO

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Kyle Palmieri #21 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New Jersey Devils during their game in Newark, New Jersey on Friday, Dec. 20.

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