Surging Islanders beat Senators 4-2 for 9th win in 11 games


OTTAWA, Ontario — Noah Dobson scored the decisive second-half goal and the New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games.

Oliver Wahlstrom, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson also scored, and Mathew Barzal had two assists for the Islanders in the opener of a four-game road trip. Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and won for the third time in his last four starts.

Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, Drake Batherson also scored and Tim Stutzle added two assists for the Senators. Cam Talbot finished with 31 saves as Ottawa fell to 1-7-1 in their last nine games.


CHICAGO — Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov made 27 saves for his first career shutout to lead Carolina.

Jordan Martinook and Jordan Staal each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, Andrei Svechnikov scored his 12th goal in the lead and Brent Burns had two assists.

Kochetkov wasn’t heavily tested but did make a few brief stops in his second start of the season and fifth game of his career. Kochetkov, 23, becomes the first goaltender in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise history to win his first five games.

Petr Mrazek stopped 29 shots as the Blackhawks faded out for the third time this season.

DENVER — Brandon Saad scored a whimsical goal in the second half to break a tie, Jordan Binnington stopped 45 shots and St. Louis weathered a late 6-on-3 to beat Colorado.

Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou also scored for the Blues, who accompanied their mothers on the trip.

Mikko Rantanen and Artturi Lehkonen had goals for a battered Avalanche team that had won four times in a row. Alexander Georgiev stopped 36 shots.

Cale Makar had two assists that earned him 198 career points in 192 games. He’s trying to become the fastest defenseman to reach 200 points in NHL history.

CALGARY, Alberta — Tyler Toffoli and Elias Lindholm each had a goal and two assists, Adam Ruzicka added a goal and an assist, and Calgary held on to the win over Los Angeles.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Andrew Mangiapane and Brett Ritchie also scored to help the Flames win their second straight run after a slip in seven games (0-5-2). Nazem Kadri had two assists and Jacob Markstrom finished the game with 24 saves.

Arthur Kaliyev scored twice, Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, who had won four times in a row. Drew Doughty had two assists and Jonathan Quick finished the game with 23 saves.

Markstrom retained the win with a wide save on a Kopitar shot from 10 feet with 22 seconds remaining.