National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron tallied in the third period as the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders, 4-2, at TD Garden. Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 3-0-1 this season and recovered from an overtime loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Tuukka Rask made 24 stops to remain unbeaten in regulation in the early going. Keith Aucoin potted both goals for the Islanders, who couldn't sustain momentum from a 7-4 win in Toronto on Thursday. Making his first start since Dec. 3, 2011 thanks to a continually bothersome groin issue, Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 27 shots.

Final Score: Carolina 3, Buffalo 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Jay Harrison scored the deciding goal with 4:50 remaining in the third period as the Carolina Panthers completed a home-and- home sweep of the Buffalo Sabres with a 3-1 decision at First Niagara Center. Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner also tallied in the final session for the Hurricanes, while Dan Ellis stopped 40 shots in a sharp first start of the season to help Carolina build off Thursday's 6-3 win over the Sabres. Ryan Miller made 39 saves for Buffalo, which began the 2012-13 campaign with victories over Philadelphia and Toronto before last night's defeat in Raleigh. Thomas Vanek recorded the Sabres' lone goal of the evening.

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Washington 2 (OT)

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk's goal with 21 seconds left in overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Kovalchuk received a pass from Marek Zidlicky on the end line and beat Capitals goaltender Michael Neuvirth with a wrister for the win. Zidlicky had two assists and Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta each added a goal for the Devils, who improve to 3-0 on the lockout-shortened season. Martin Brodeur stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced in the victory. Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green each scored one goal for Washington (0-3-1), which has gone winless in its first four games.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Ottawa 4

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Malone scored the game-tying goal early in the third period and then provided the go-ahead goal with just over seven minutes remaining, as the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the Ottawa Senators their first loss of the season with a 6-4 decision on Friday at Tampa Times Forum. Steven Stamkos registered a goal and two assists, while Matt Carle, Victor Hedman and Tom Pyatt also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who have won two straight. Anders Lindback recorded 32 saves in the victory. Kyle Turris tallied a goal and an assist, while Erik Condra, Jason Spezza, and Erik Karlsson each scored once for Ottawa, which had won four straight against the Lightning. Ben Bishop was charged for five goals on 30 shots in a losing effort.

Final Score: Detroit 5, Minnesota 3

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Todd Bertuzzi scored twice in his first game of the season, while Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists as the Detroit Red Wings posted a 5-3 decision over the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena. Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner also lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who had dropped two of three to begin the season. Jimmy Howard stopped 23-of-26 shots for the win. Zach Parise posted a pair of goals for the Wild, who have lost two in a row. Josh Harding was tagged for all five scores on 27 shots.

Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Pittsburgh 2

Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Andrew Ladd's wrister capped a three-goal second period, as the Winnipeg Jets took down the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, on Friday at MTS Centre. Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien added a goal apiece in the second stanza, while Blake Wheeler added an empty-netter late in the third to help the Jets earn their second consecutive victory. Ondrej Pavelec turned away 33 shots in the triumph. Sidney Crosby, playing in his first career game in Winnipeg, recorded both Pittsburgh goals in the first period and Tomas Vokoun was charged for three goals on 31 shots for the Penguins, who have dropped two straight.

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