CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Sunday.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane also scored in the tiebreaker as the Blackhawks earned their second straight win. They have captured six of a possible eight points through the first half of a season-high eight-game homestand.
Nick Spaling scored in the third period for Pittsburgh, which had won four of five. Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves through overtime, but was unable to stop any of Chicago’s shootout attempts.
Thanks to David Perron and Sidney Crosby, the Penguins still had a chance for a big road win before Sharp skated in and beat Fleury into the right side for the victory. Fleury slammed his stick into the post in disgust after the final play.
CAPITALS 5, DUCKS 3
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the first period to take over the NHL lead in goals and send Washington to a victory over Anaheim.
Ovechkin also set up two goals by Andre Burakovsky. Marcus Johansson got the go-ahead goal at 3:27 of the second period, and Justin Peters made 30 saves in his ninth start of the season.
Braden Holtby, who leads all NHL goalies in games and minutes played, got the night off following Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
Andrew Cogliano had two goals and Corey Perry netted his team-high 24th for the two-time defending Pacific Division champion Ducks, who lost left wing Matt Beleskey and defenseman Sami Vatanen in the first period due to undisclosed injuries.
LIGHTNING 5, SHARKS 2
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 30th goal of the season in Tampa Bay’s win over San Jose.
Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning.
Logan Couture and Brent Burns scored for the Sharks, who lost their fifth straight at home and fourth in five games overall.
Ben Bishop stopped 33 shots as Tampa Bay won in San Jose for the first time in 12 years.
Antti Niemi made 28 saves.
BLUES 2, PANTHERS 1, SO
SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Jori Lehtera scored the winning goal in the fifth round of a shootout to lift St. Louis over Florida.
Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis in the shootout, and Brad Boyes converted for Florida. Lehtera beat Roberto Luongo with a shot between the pads.
Jaden Schwartz scored in regulation for the Blues, who are 15-3 in their last 18 games. Brian Elliott stopped 40 shots, including 20 in the third period and two in overtime.
The Blues earned their third consecutive win and sixth in a row over the Panthers. Florida hasn’t defeated St. Louis since a 4-0 victory on Oct. 31, 2009.
Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers, and Luongo made 32 saves.
FLYERS 2, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, New York (AP) — Michael Raffl and Matt Read scored for Philadelphia against Buffalo.
Ray Emery made 21 saves as the Flyers ended their two-game skid in the finale of a four-game road trip.
Raffl scored the winner on a wraparound with 7:15 left in the third period after Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth lost track of the puck behind the net.
The Sabres, playing for the first time since trading for defenseman Zach Bogosian and forward Evander Kane on Wednesday, got a goal from defenseman Nikita Zadorov. Bogosian started on the blue line in place of Josh Gorges, who was rested.
Neuvirth made 28 saves in his 20th start of the season, but first since the Sabres traded goalie Jhonas Enroth.