Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Islanders win in return home

NEW YORK — Thomas Hickey scored 3:07 into overtime, helping the Islanders again find their footing at home with a 2-1 win over the Flames on Monday night.

With the Flames caught in an awkward change after Michael Frolik broke his stick, captain John Tavares wheeled around the zone and then backhanded one that Hickey tipped past Brian Elliott.

Tavares also scored in the first period.

Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, standing tall during a barrage late in the second period before allowing Sean Monahan's tying goal 5:51 into the third.

New York rebounded from a wild, frustrating three-game trip to the West Coast. They beat Anaheim in a 14-round shootout but then lost twice on goals in the final three minutes of regulation against Los Angeles and San Jose.

Last-place New York is 1-6-1 on the road but remains respectable in Brooklyn, improving to 6-4-3 at Barclays Center.

GALLANT GONE: The Panthers fired Gerard Gallant because of inconsistent play and a philosophical divide between the coach and front office, team officials said. General manager Tom Rowe will be interim coach. "I just want to relay one simple message," team president Matt Caldwell said. "Our ownership is completely committed to winning the Stanley Cup. When Vinnie Viola bought the team three years ago those were the first words out of his mouth as to what he wanted to do for South Florida and our franchise.''

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Hurricanes placed forward Jordan Staal on injured reserve with a concussion, a day after he was injured against the Panthers. The Lightning visits Carolina on Sunday. The Hurricanes recalled forward Phil Di Giuseppe from AHL Charlotte. … Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith is out about four weeks with a sprained right medial collateral ligament and forward Tyler Bertuzzi is out 3-5 weeks with a high left ankle sprain. Detroit removed forward Tomas Jurco from long-term injured reserve (offseason back surgery) and recalled him from AHL Grand Rapids. … Sabres center Jack Eichel, who has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle, could make his season debut at Ottawa tonight.

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