NHL: Brady Tkachuk sinks Islanders; the Red Wings end their ugly streak

Brady Tkachuk scored a hat trick to help the Ottawa Senators defeat the New York Islanders 4-3 in overtime in a matchup featured Saturday afternoon.

During overtime, the captain accepted a good pass from Shane Pinto to make the difference with less than 25 seconds remaining in overtime.

Tkachuk thus reached the 30-goal barrier for the third time in as many seasons.

It was 15my loss of the season for the Islanders in overtime.

Mathieu Joseph gave the Islanders a great opportunity to tie the game by taking a penalty with 1 minute and 50 seconds left in the 3rd.my period. Patrick Roy eliminated Semyon Varlamov in favor of a 6my forward and New York took advantage of their opportunity when Bo Horvat sent the game into overtime with a powerful one-time shot.

In addition to Tkachuk, the other goal scorer for the Senators was Ridly Greig. Senators forward Tim Stutzle had three assists, one more than his teammate Drake Batherson.

Matt Martin opened the scoring for the Islanders and Kyle Palmieri also hit his 21st.my goal of the season.

Senators defenseman Jake Sanderson left the game midway through the third period after spraining his leg in a fall near the boards, but was able to return to the game afterward.

Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves for the Senators, who won three straight after losing seven in a row.

Finally a victory for the Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings ended their ugly seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

The tension was palpable in recent days between the Wings, but a good collective effort allowed Detroit to return to winning ways.

Tage Thompson, with his 20my of the season, had given the Sabers the lead midway through the first period during a power play.

Christian Fischer, Patrick Kane and Daniel Sprong responded, while Lucas Raymond completed the job with an empty-net goal in the final moments of the game.

Detroit’s victory (34-27-6) allows them to lead the Islanders (29-22-15) by one point in the standings. The Wings have a total of 74 points, but New York has one game in hand.

The Wings won’t have time to savor this victory as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Sunday night.

The Sabres, who had won their last three games, are trying to play in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. With this loss they fell five points behind the Red Wings. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 22 pucks in the loss.

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