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National Hockey League

 
                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                             (Friday, November 21)
 
                 Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4 (SO)
 
 Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Okposo scored the game winner in the
 shootout  to lift the  New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh
 Penguins  in  a thrilling back-and-forth  affair. After  each of the first two
 shooters  missed,  Sidney Crosby cut across  the slot from the left side, made
 a  head fake  and roofed  a backhander  over Chad  Johnson, but  Frans Nielsen
 answered  back on  a similar move for the Islanders. Okposo followed a Brandon
 Sutter  miss with  a backhand-forehand move past Marc-Andre Fleury to seal the
 win.  Ryan  Strome  had  a  goal  and two  assists,  while  Nick  Leddy,  Matt
 Martin   and  Nikolay  Kulemin  also  scored  for  the  Isles,  who  have  won
 seven  of  their last eight  games and crept  within two points of first-place
 Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division. Johnson stopped 26-of-30 shots in the
 victory.  Nick  Spaling,  Blake  Comeau,  and  Sutter  lit  the  lamp,  Patric
 Hornqvist tallied a  goal and an assist and Evgeni Malkin supplied two helpers
 for the Penguins, who entered the game with wins in 10 of their last 11 games.
 Fleury made 31 saves in defeat.
 
 
                       Final Score: Boston 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
 
 Columbus,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Khokhlachev produced the lone goal of
 the  shootout  in the seventh  round, and Boston came  away with a 4-3 victory
 over  Columbus  at  Nationwide  Arena.  Dennis  Seidenberg,  Matt  Fraser  and
 Daniel  Paille  all scored  in the third  period for the  Bruins, who have won
 three in a row and eight of their last 10. Niklas  Svedberg  stopped 25  shots
 in  regulation and  wasn't beaten  in seven  chances during  the game's  final
 segment. Ryan  Johansen totaled  a goal and two  assists for the Blue Jackets,
 who  have  lost two straight  and 11  of their last  13. Nick Foligno and Jack
 Johnson  also lit  the lamp  but  Sergei Bobrovsky's  38-save performance  was
 wasted.  Three players  forced their  respective shots  wide and  two hit  the
 goalpost as the shootout moved through its first six rounds. In  the opener of
 the seventh round, Columbus' Matt Calvert was turned away by Svedberg, leaving
 Khokhlachev  to  win the contest  by deking Bobrovsky  enough where a low shot
 slid through his pads and into the net.
 
 
                     Final Score: New Jersey 2, Edmonton 0
 
 Edmonton,  AB  (SportsNetwork.com) - Cory  Schneider started his 20th straight
 game  and made 29  saves for his second shutout of the season, lifting the New
 Jersey  Devils to  a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Schneider
 surpassed  Martin  Brodeur for  the longest  start streak to  open a season in
 franchise  history.  Brodeur set the  previous mark with 19 consecutive starts
 from  Oct.  6 to Nov. 2,  2001. Adam Henrique  and Tuomo Ruutu each scored and
 Eric  Gelinas tallied two assists for the Devils, who snapped a two-game skid.
 Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for the Oilers, who lost their fifth in a row.
 
 
 
 
 11/22 00:19:06 ET

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