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Pavelski sparks Sharks in win over Islanders

NEW YORK — Joe Pavelski scored with 2:11 left to lift the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night.

Melker Karlsson and Tomas Hertl also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns had two assists each, giving both five on the season. Aaron Dell stopped 20 shots to win his NHL debut.

On the tiebreaking goal, Thornton sent a pass into the slot and Pavelski deflected it in. It gave Pavelski his fifth point in two games after he had a goal and three assists in the Sharks' 7-4 loss Monday to the Rangers.

Game highlights: Taylor Hall had two power-play goals in a 4:11 span in the second period as the host Devils defeated the Ducks 2-1. … T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Ovechkin picked up his first goal of the season to lead the host Capitals past the Avalanche 3-0. … Al Montoya stopped 36 shots for a shutout and David Desharnais scored twice as the host Canadiens topped the Penguins 4-0.

Hossa hits 500: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa became the 44th NHL player to reach 500 career goals, beating Philadelphia goaltender Michal Neuvirth in the second period of late Tuesday's game.

Crosby may practice today: Sidney Crosby might resume practicing today. Maybe. "There's a possibility, yes," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That's something we certainly will evaluate overnight. … Obviously, that's the next step in his progression, that he joins the team." Crosby, who has missed the first four games this season after a concussion, did not accompany the Penguins for their game at Montreal but was to be evaluated late Tuesday.

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