UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Nieto and Jason Demers scored first-period goals, and the San Jose Sharks made the most of 26 shots against the New York Islanders in a 4-3 victory on Friday night.
Joe Thornton and Marty Havlat added goals in the second as the Sharks won their fifth straight and improved to 20-6-3 against the Eastern Conference. Antti Niemi made 35 saves for San Jose.
Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, who lost for the fifth time in six home games. New York, which began a four-game homestand following a 2-1-1 trip, is an NHL-worst 9-17-8 home record.
Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov stopped 22 shots for the Islanders in his first start against them.
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