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Nelson's hat trick propels Islanders to win

Islanders center Casey Cizikas checks Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson in the first period of New York’s victory.

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Islanders center Casey Cizikas checks Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson in the first period of New York’s victory.

NEW YORK — Brock Nelson scored a hat trick to take over the team lead in goals, and the Islanders beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Thomas Greiss had 18 saves for the Islanders, who lost their previous two games.

Nelson snapped a 2-all tie with his 16th of the season at 17:29 of the second period, scoring unassisted against goalie Anton Forsberg with a snap shot from the left side. The 24-year-old forward also scored at the 12-minute mark of the first and added an empty-net goal to seal it.

Ryan Strome opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season and first since Nov. 30 at 5:03 of the first. Strome, who spent eight games in the minors in December, knocked a loose puck that slid through the pads of Forsberg into the net. Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas assisted.

Columbus forward William Karlsson tied it at 10:26 of the first with his fourth of the season.

After Nelson's first goal of the game put the Islanders up 2-1, with assists from Thomas Hickey and Josh Bailey, the Blue Jackets tied it in the second on a slap shot from the right point by David Savard.

Game highlights: Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal 3:02 into overtime, and the host Hurricanes beat the Penguins 3-2. Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and an assist, and linemate Elias Lindholm assisted on all three Carolina scores. Cam Ward had 23 saves for the surging Hurricanes, who won their third straight and have earned points in 12 of 16 games.

Quenneville extension: The Blackhawks announced a three-year extension with Joel Quenneville, locking up the only active coach with three Stanley Cup titles. The move comes with Quenneville on the brink of tying Al Arbour for second on the NHL list for regular-season coaching victories, behind only Scotty Bowman's total of 1,244. "We've got a great situation going here," said general manager Stan Bowman, Scotty's son. "Fortunate to have Joel on board and he's been a huge part of what we've accomplished as a group." Chicago's third Cup under Quenneville came in June after a six-game final series against the Lightning — before his arrival the franchise hadn't won a championship since 1961.

Around the league: Devils forward Patrik Elias had surgery on his right knee. General manager Ray Shero announced Elias has an arthroscopic procedure done at the Cleveland Clinic. The 39-year-old is out indefinitely.

at Islanders 2 1 2 5
Blue Jackets 1 1 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Strome 4 (Martin, Cizikas), 5:03. 2, Columbus, Karlsson 4 (Johnson), 10:26. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 15 (Hickey, Bailey), 12:00. PenaltiesDubinsky, Clm (slashing), 2:11; Tyutin, Clm, double minor (high-sticking), 6:19; Nelson, NYI (holding stick), 6:49.

Second Period4, Columbus, Savard 1, 13:49. 5, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 16 (Lee), 17:29. PenaltiesStrait, NYI (boarding), 2:24; Hartnell, Clm (roughing), 9:37; Leddy, NYI (holding), 10:16; Kulemin, NYI (cross-checking), 19:20.

Third Period6, N.Y. Islanders, Strait 1 (Tavares, Nelson), 5:34. 7, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 17, 19:49 (en-pp). PenaltiesBoll, Clm (illegal check to head minor), 3:23; Strait, NYI (tripping), 5:54; Falk, Clm (roughing), 14:32; Grabovski, NYI (cross-checking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:32; Strait, NYI (high-sticking), 17:16; Atkinson, Clm, double minor (high-sticking), 18:42. Shots on GoalColumbus 5-9-6—20. N.Y. Islanders 17-7-9—33. Power-play opportunitiesColumbus 0 of 6; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 8. GoaliesColumbus, Forsberg 1-3-0 (32 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Greiss 13-6-2 (20-18). A13,115 (15,795). T2:25. Referees—Steve Kozari, Ian Walsh. LinesmenBrian Murphy, Derek Nansen.

at Hurricanes 0 2 0 1 3
Penguins 0 1 1 0 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesLindholm, Car (hooking), 2:39; Malone, Car (delay of game), 4:30; Daley, Pit (interference), 13:52.

Second Period1, Carolina, E.Staal 9 (Versteeg, Lindholm), 3:52. 2, Carolina, Versteeg 7 (Lindholm, E.Staal), 9:44. 3, Pittsburgh, Letang 5 (Maatta, Crosby), 10:29. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 6 (Crosby, Hornqvist), 6:02. PenaltiesCole, Pit, served by Rust (slashing, roughing), 6:26; Hainsey, Car, served by Nash (roughing), 6:26.

Overtime5, Carolina, Skinner 16 (Lindholm, Faulk), 3:02 (pp). PenaltiesMalkin, Pit (hooking), 2:40. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 5-7-13-0—25. Carolina 5-5-8-3—21. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 0 of 2; Carolina 1 of 3. GoaliesPittsburgh, M.Fleury 15-11-4 (21 shots-18 saves). Carolina, Ward 14-11-4 (25-23). A13,021 (18,680). T2:21. Referees—Trevor Hanson, Dan O'Halloran. LinesmenSteve Miller, Tony Sericolo.

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