NHL wrap: Islanders avoid Penguins collapse

A tiebreaking goal from Anders Lee ensured the New York Islanders avoided a dramatic collapse against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Islands had forged a 3-0 lead at the start of the third period after Johnny Boychuk, Jason Chimera and Casey Cizikas all found the net.

But that advantage was wiped away within a dramatic 13-minute spell as goals from Conor Sheary, Justin Schultz and Evgeni Malkin produced a thrilling fight-back from the Penguins.

However, with 26 seconds remaining, Lee redirected a Thomas Hickey shot, before Nikolay Kulemin knocked into an empty net from the subsequent face-off to secure a 5-3 win and the Islanders’ first back-to-back victories since October.

The Calgary Flames, meanwhile, reaped the rewards of a lightning-quick start as they secured a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Freddie Hamilton and Kris Versteeg both scored for the Flames within the first minute, with Matt Stajan adding a third, while Chad Johnson frustrated the Maple Leafs at the other end after making 39 saves.

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