Niederreiter double give Wild 4-2 win at Predators
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Swiss winger Nino Niederreiter scored twice to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-2 win at Nashville on Thursday, handing the NHL-leading Predators only their fourth defeat on home ice this season.
The win moved Minnesota into the provisional playoff positions in the Western Conference, while Nashville’s overall league lead was trimmed to four points ahead of Eastern Conference leader Montreal, which won convincingly at Columbus.
St. Louis trimmed the Predators’ Central Division lead by winning a shootout at Winnipeg, while elsewhere Detroit scored a late winner in a comeback victory at San Jose and Chicago showed there was life after Patrick Kane’s injury by winning comfortably at Florida.
Minnesota’s goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves as he improved to 14-3-2 since being acquired by the Wild in mid-January.
Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota. Niederreiter sealed the win with an empty net goal with 1:39 remaining.
Nashville’s Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist and Craig Smith scored for the Predators, who had won their previous six games.
St. Louis’ Alexander Steen got the winning goal in the shootout to give the Blues a 2-1 victory at Winnipeg.
Vladimir Tarasenko also scored in the tiebreaker while Patrik Berglund netted in regulation and Brian Elliott made 30 saves for the Blues, who moved within seven points of the Predators.
Mark Scheifele had the tying goal in the third period and Andrew Ladd scored in the shootout for the Jets, who had won their previous four home games.
Detroit’s Luke Glendening scored with 1:15 remaining to complete a 3-2 comeback victory at San Jose.
Pavel Datsyuk and Temu Pulkkinen also scored for the Red Wings, who had lost their last two games. Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for the win, just his fourth in 14 career games against San Jose.
Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who dropped their seventh straight at home, their longest skid of the season, further hurting their playoff hopes.
Chicago played its first game since losing top scorer Patrick Kane to a long-term injury and won 3-0 at Florida.
Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 46.8 seconds left. Goalie Corey Crawford had his second shutout of the season for the Blackhawks, who have won their past seven against the Panthers dating back to 2011.
The sluggish Florida offense had only five shots on goal up to 10:47 of the second period.
Montreal’s Carey Price made 25 saves to extend his franchise-best road winning streak to 10 games and help the Canadiens win 5-2 at Columbus.
P.K Subban had a goal and two assists, rookie Jacob De La Rose scored twice, Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist, and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal, which has won 11 of its past 13 road games.
Brandon Dubinksy and Marko Dano scored for the Blue Jackets, who lost their fourth straight and also lost Dubinksy to a game-ending injury soon after his goal.
Ottawa won 1-0 at Los Angeles to halt the Kings’ eight-game winning streak, with goalie Andrew Hammond making 35 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout in only his fourth career start.
New York’s Lee Stempniak broke a tie with 2:14 left, netting his second goal of the game to give the Rangers a 4-3 victory over Arizona, with Chris Kreider also scoring twice.
Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier made 47 saves just hours after previous goalie David Clarkson was traded, helping the Maple Leafs beat Philadelphia 3-2.
Buffalo’s Torrey Mitchell scored twice for his first multi-goal game in four years, leading the Sabres to a 6-3 win against Vancouver.