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Josh Bailey’s overtime goal powers Islanders to 2-1 win

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Josh Bailey scored with 18 seconds left on the clock in overtime, Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves, and the New York Islanders rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Thomas Hickey also scored as the Islanders improved to 3-0-0 on their season-high seven-game stretch of road games and remained three points behind the second-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary, which fell to 1-5-1 in its last seven. Joni Ortio, making his second straight start, stopped 32 shots while falling to 0-5-1.

Bailey’s 11th goal came when he was set up alone at the side of the net on a perfect feed from John Tavares.

Until that point, the best chance of the extra period was when Calgary’s Mark Giordano rang a shot off the goal post with a minute remaining.

Trailing 1-0, the Islanders tied it on Hickey’s goal at 9:49 of the third period.

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Matt Martin charged his way down the sideboards, evading checks from Giordano and Sean Monahan, then sent a pass in the slot Hickey, whose backhand handcuffed Ortio, bouncing off him and in.

For Hickey, a Calgary native, it was his first goal in 37 games.

Halak kept the Islanders within one by thwarting Hudler from the top of the crease one minute into the third period.

The 30-year-old Halak, who improved to 16-12-4, has started all three games on the road trip while stopping 88 of 90 shots.

Calgary scored the lone goal of the first period on a three-way passing play. Johnny Gaudreau sent a pass in front to Monahan, who slid it across to Hudler, who fired a high shot over Halak as the goalie scrambled across.

After a disappointing first half to the season, Hudler — a pending unrestricted free agency — has picked it up lately with five goals and eight assists in his last 15 games. Key in the line’s success has been Gaudreau, who has a goal and seven assists during a six-game point streak.

NOTES: Flames D Kris Russell (lower body) missed his sixth consecutive game. RW Josh Jooris was a healthy scratch. … Mikhail Grabovski (upper body) was out for a second straight game for the Islanders. … It was Calgary’s first overtime game at home since Dec. 12. Their record at the Saddledome fell to 6-1.

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