Lightning cruise past Ducks 5-1 as leaders clash
TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Valtteri Filppula had two goals and an assist to lead the Lightning to a 5-1 win over Anaheim on Thursday in a clash of NHL divisional leaders.
Another divisional leader Chicago took sole possession of the Central lead with victory over Phoenix as Colorado slipped to second with a heavy defeat at St. Louis, while San Jose closed in on the Pacific lead with an overtime win against Vancouver.
Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop won his 13th game this season while Martin St. Louis added a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who again won without star Steven Stamkos. The center is out indefinitely after breaking his right leg Monday and had surgery Tuesday.
Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman had the other Tampa Bay goals while Emerson Etem scored for the Ducks.
Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and rookie Brandon Pirri scored in a four-round shootout to help the Blackhawks beat Phoenix 5-4 for their fourth straight win.
Pirri tied the score 4-4 early in the third period when he connected on a midair deflection.
Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who extended their point streak to eight games (7-0-1). Chicago fired a season-high 52 shots through overtime at Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
Phoenix defenseman Michael Stone scored twice for the first time in his career as the Coyotes overcame an early two-goal deficit to earn a point.
Shane Doan and Lauri Korpikoski also scored for Phoenix. At 13-4-3, the Coyotes are off to their best start since 1998-99.
St. Louis’ Alexander Steen scored his league-leading 15th and 16th goals of the season as the Blues slumping power play woke up with three goals which set up a 7-3 win over Colorado.
St. Louis is off to the fastest start in franchise history with 12 wins in its first 17 games. Colorado lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Derek Roy, David Backes, Vladimir Tarasenko, Chris Stewart and Jay Bouwmeester also scored for the Blues, who have won their past five home meetings with the Avalanche.
Steen has a point in 12 successive games; a career high.
Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly scored for Colorado.
San Jose’s Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal at 2:38 of overtime to give the Sharks a 2-1 victory over Vancouver.
Henrik Sedin was in the penalty box when Boyle’s shot from the slot stood after a video review.
San Jose’s Tomas Hertl had tied the game with 65 seconds left in regulation, preventing the Sharks suffering a sixth loss in seven games.
Kevin Bieksa scored his first goal of the season for the Canucks who, in a scheduling quirk, were playing their last game of the season against the Sharks despite both being in the Pacific Division.
San Jose has won 10 of 11 against the Canucks dating to last season, including four straight in the first round of last season’s playoffs.
Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli deflected in the winning goal with 1:27 left as the Kings stunned the New York Islanders by scoring three times in the third period to take a 3-2 win.
Boston’s Milan Lucic scored on a breakaway 4:11 into overtime to lift Boston to a 3-2 victory over Columbus.
Dallas’ Tyler Seguin scored four goals and Jamie Benn had a career-high six points to lead the Stars over slumping Calgary 7-3.