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DENVER (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers broke the ice with a four-goal second period. As for the shattered glass in the penalty box Custom Detroit Red Wings Jerseys , it wasn’t their fault.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice in the decisive second period, Mikko Koskinen stopped 39 shots and the Oilers extended their winning streak to four games with a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.“We didn’t give them a lot of time to breathe,” Nugent-Hopkins said about the middle period. “We were in their face a lot and putting pucks right back into their zone. That was our plan. We wanted to keep them hemmed in.”Connor McDavid added a goal and an assist as the Oilers improved to 8-2-1 since coach Ken Hitchcock took over a struggling team on Nov. 20.Tempers flared in the third period, with Matt Calvert and Matt Benning squaring off and drawing penalties for fighting. As Benning went to the visitors’ penalty box, a fan appeared to shatter the glass by tapping on it. Benning had to sit on a chair down the tunnel from the bench to serve his time as the shards were swept up.“It was definitely weird. I just sat in the hallway,” Benning said. “It’s kind of boring back there. … Five minutes for being a bad boy.”Kyle Brodziak scored his first goal in more than a month, Leon Draisaitl added another in his 300th NHL game and defenseman Darnell Nurse got into the scoring act with a slap shot early in the third.Mikko Rantanen, the league’s leading scorer, had a goal and three assists to give him at least a point in 12 straight games. It’s tied for the longest active streak in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin.Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and Colin Wilson added another for the Avs, who have lost three of four.“There’s going to be dips in your season where you’re not happy with the way you’re playing,” defenseman Erik Johnson said. “There’s still confidence that we’re going to bounce back and go on another streak here.”Edmonton was up 1-0 heading into the second before Nugent-Hopkins scored twice over a 4:11 stretch to chase Semyon Varlamov. Philipp Grubauer entered and McDavid quickly added another.After Rantanen beat Koskinen www.islandersfanproshop.com , Draisaitl gave the Oilers a 5-1 advantage by knocking in a rebound. Nugent-Hopkins nearly had his third goal of the second period, only to have his wrist shot turned back by Grubauer.Trailing 6-3 late, the Avalanche pulled Grubauer and it led to Landeskog’s goal.Allowing three goals in the third period didn’t sit well with Koskinen.“That’s the dangerous part when you have a big lead. You kind of start believing the game is over. But it’s never over,” Koskinen said. “That’s a little bit what happened with me. I need to be better than that.”This has been a rough stretch for Colorado, which has allowed 21 goals over the last four games.“We cracked. We fragmented. Then we got fancy and had some turnovers,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “Some of our habits went bad and they stretched out the lead. We should be confident in our ability. We have to play confident and stick to our game.”With his big game, Rantanen reached 52 points. It’s the second-most through 31 games in Avalanche history, trailing only Peter Forsberg (53 points during the 1995-96 season).“Mikko is one of the best in the league right now,” teammate Nathan MacKinnon said. “If he was in New York, he’d probably be in that conversation a lot more. Since we’re in Colorado, it’s tougher. He’s so good and so important for the team.”NOTES: Nine different Oilers had an assist. … Avalanche forward Vladislav Kamenev will have shoulder surgery. … F Alexander Kerfoot was a scratch with an undisclosed injury. … The Avs have played the fewest games at home so far this season. They’re 6-3-3 at Pepsi Center.UP NEXTOilers: Start a back-to-back Thursday in Winnipeg before a home game against Philadelphia.Avalanche: Play in St. Louis on Friday. NEWARK New York Islanders T-Shirts Womens , N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed after a dismal seven-game trip — an MVP-type performance.Hall scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 8:07 of the third period added an empty-net tally to cap a four-point night and lead the Devils to a 4-2 victory over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.Travis Zajac and Damon Severson each had a goal and an assist as the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Penguins for the second time in just over a week. Keith Kinkaid had 29 saves for New Jersey, which was returning home after a 1-6 trip.“Not just a win but an effort we can be proud of,” said Hall, last season’s MVP. “It’s not an effort where we solely relied on our goaltender to steal a game. We did a good job of eliminating chances against a high-powered team. Our game has to continue to grow that way and when we play strong in our end, it allows us to just play more free up the ice and create more, have the puck more. It was solid night for us.”Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel scored for the Penguins, who have one win in seven games (1-5-1). Casey DeSmith had 31 saves in his third straight start.“It’s frustrating because we are trying to find wins right now and we can’t seem to find them with any level of consistency,” Penguins coach Mike Sulllivan said. “I thought we had spurts in the game where we were good, then some of the goals they scored, we didn’t force them to work hard enough for them. That for me is discouraging.”Hall’s game-winner came a little less than four minutes after Guentzel tied the game. It came on a quick counterattack. Kyle Palmieri sent a pass from the Devils’ defensive end to Zajac at the Penguins’ blue line. Zajac sent a pass to Hall coming down the middle, and last year’s MVP made one move and slid a soft shot between DeSmith’s legs.“He called for it New York Islanders Hoodies Womens ,” Zajac said of the pass to Hall. “I kind of saw him, but he called for it and I just had to kind of whack it over to him and he made a great play.”DeSmith was clearly frustrated after the play. He seemed to read Hall’s move and felt he got a piece of the puck.“We had worked hard to tie it up and like I said, the team needed a save and I didn’t make it in that situation. I feel responsible for that,” DeSmith said.The Devils, who are 6-1-1 at home, took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 only to see the Penguins tie it.Guentzel’s sixth goal of the season tied the game at 2 after withstanding a challenge by New Jersey coach John Hynes, who claimed Sidney Crosby interfered with Kinkaid.Kinkaid had stopped Crosby’s semi-breakaway, but the skate of the Penguins’ star knocked the goaltender to the ice, leaving Guentzel an open net to shoot at with the rebound.After reviewing the goal, the referees ruled Devils forward Blake Coleman caused the problem by pushing Crosby in the back.Zajac scored just 28 seconds into the game after DeSmith had trouble covering a Severson rebound.The Penguins tied the score 1-all with Kessel’s power-play goal at 13:19. Crosby held the puck in the right circle and fired a pass to Kessel stationed at the left edge of the net for a slam dunk.New Jersey grabbed the lead again in the second period. After DeSmith stopped Hall in close, New Jersey kept the puck in the zone and Severson scored from between the circles after taking a pass from Hall.New Jersey thought it had a 3-1 lead at 14:20 when Jesper Bratt scored on a breakaway New York Islanders Hats Womens , but the officials had blown the play dead because Kessel and Brett Seney were fighting in the Pittsburgh end.The Penguins nearly tied it on the ensuing Devils power play, but Bryan Rust’s short-handed shot was kept out by a combination of Kinkaid and the goalpost.NOTES: Goaltender Martin Brodeur, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, dropped a puck in a ceremonial opening faceoff before the game. … Devils center Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick overall in last year’s draft, missed his first game with an upper-body injury. He is day to day. Zajac took his place on the top line with Hall and Palmieri. … Penguins F Evgeni Malkin played in his 800th NHL game. Coincidentally, his first was against New Jersey on Oct. 18, 2006, and he scored a goal. … Devils F Brian Boyle was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body problem. C Pavel Zacha was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.UP NEXTPenguins: Return home to face Tampa Bay on Thursday night.Devils: At Philadelphia on Thursday night.
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