Blues beat Penguins to close on Central lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal of the season midway through the third period to give the Blues a 2-1 win over Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh on Saturday.
St. Louis moved within two points of the lead in Central Division, behind joint leaders Colorado and Chicago, which went to the top with an impressive win at Dallas.
Elsewhere, Tampa Bay beat Detroit in overtime to retain top spot in the Atlantic Division, Los Angeles had a comfortable win over Vancouver, and Phoenix won a shootout to snap Washington’s winning streak.
St. Louis also got a goal from Ryan Reaves while Jaroslav Halak stopped 19 shots as the Blues won for the 11th time in 15 games to start the season. It’s the first time they’ve done that since 2003-04, also the best start in franchise history.
It was St. Louis’ first regulation-time victory against the Penguins for seven years.
Jussi Jokinen scored for the Penguins, who had a season-low 20 shots.
Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell scored at 3:51 of overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 win over Detroit.
Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay, which got its first win in Detroit in 19 years.
Henrik Zetterberg scored both goals for the Red Wings, which lost their fifth straight at home.
Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist in his third game back from the minors, leading the Kings to a 5-1 win over Vancouver.
Mike Richards had a goal and two assists while Justin Williams and Toffoli also scored in a 2:33 span midway through the second period for the Kings.
Dan Hamhuis scored in the Canucks’ first game against Los Angeles as division rivals since 1998.
Phoenix’s Shane Doan scored his second goal to cap a rally late in regulation and the Coyotes scored on both attempts in the shootout to win 4-3 and end Washington’s five-game winning streak.
Troy Brouwer, John Carlson and Joel Ward scored for Washington.
Trailing 3-1, Phoenix rallied late in the third period on goals by Lauri Korpikoski, who scored as he was falling to the ice, and Doan on a power play with 1:46 left.
Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored in the shootout and Washington failed on its two attempts.
Chicago’s Marian Hossa scored twice to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over Dallas.
Patrick Kane added a power-play goal and Niklas Hjalmarsson had a short-handed empty-net goal and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago while Patrick Sharp assisted on the first four goals.
Dallas failed to score on six power plays. The Stars are 0 for 24 at home this season.
Cody Eakin and Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas.
Boston’s Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal early in the third period and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots, lifting the Bruins to a 3-1 win over Toronto in the teams’ first meeting since their playoff series last spring.
Minnesota’s Jason Pominville scored a goal in regulation and the game-winner in the shootout to lift the Wild over Carolina 3-2.
Ottawa’s Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist to lead the Senators over Florida 3-2, spoiling Peter Horachek’s debut as the Panthers’ coach.
Columbus’ Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and two assists as the Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders to snap a five-game losing streak.
Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux ended his 21-game goal drought and Jay Rosehill, Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier also scored in a 4-2 win over Edmonton.