Blues beat Avalanche to notch another win
DENVER (AP) — St. Louis extended its winning streak to five games and kept up the pressure on Central Division-leading Chicago with a 4-1 win at Colorado on Wednesday, with Jaroslav Halak making 24 saves.
The Blues stayed a point behind the Blackhawks, who ralled in the third period to beat Calgary.
Among other games, San Jose extended its recent dominance over California rival Los Angeles, Phoenix continued its impressive run at Minnesota, and Detroit cruised past Boston.
St. Louis’ David Backes had a goal and an assist, Alexander Steen scored his 20th of the season and Jaden Schwartz also having a goal for the Blues.
Patrick Bordeleau scored for the Avalanche, who had won three in a row.
San Jose’s Joe Thornton scored his first shootout goal since 2007 as the Sharks beat Los Angeles 3-2.
Thornton and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Sharks, who have won nine straight at home against the Kings including the postseason. In all, the home team has won the past 14 matchups, including all seven in last spring’s playoff series won by Los Angeles.
Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty scored for the Kings, who tied a franchise record by earning a point in their 11th straight game. They also did that in 1973-74 and 2010-11.
Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata scored twice to lead the Coyotes to a 3-1 win over Minnesota.
Thomas Greiss made 28 saves for the Coyotes, who are 6-0-2 in their past eight games at Minnesota.
The Wild were playing their first game without leading scorer Zach Parise, expected to miss two to three weeks with a foot injury.
Mikkel Boedker also scored for the Coyotes while Dany Heatley scored for Minnesota.
Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings’ 6-1 win over Boston.
Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller also scored for the Red Wings, who scored three goals in less than four minutes in the second period.
Jarome Iginla scored for Boston.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin had his first two-goal game in more than 18 months and added the game-winner in a shootout to rally the Penguins to a 6-5 win over Toronto.
Chris Conner, Kris Letang and James Neal also scored for Pittsburgh, which erased 4-1 and 5-3 deficits. Sidney Crosby added two assists to lift his point total to a league-leading 33 and scored in the second round of the shootout.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist for the Maple Leafs. Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri also scored for Toronto, which failed to record a single shot in the third period or overtime.
The Penguins had a season-high 48 shots.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 18 seconds left, as the Blackhawks rallied for three straight goals in the third period to beat Calgary 3-2.
Patrick Sharp also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who improved to 4-1-0 on their seven-game road trip.
Matt Stajan and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames, who have won only one of their past eight home games.
The winner came when a shot rebounded off the skate of a Flames defenseman and the puck went straight to Kane at the side of the net, where he spun and lifted a backhand over goalie Reto Berra.
Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist to help the Lightning beat Philadelphia 4-2, spoiling Vincent Lecavalier’s homecoming.
Lecavalier, who played 14 years for the Lightning after being selected first overall in the 1998 draft, faced his old team for the first time and scored a power-play goal late in the third period. The former Tampa Bay captain received a standing ovation.
Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who have won seven in a row at home.
Mark Streit also scored for the Flyers.
Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan scored twice and Zack Smith netted the go-ahead goal with 2:23 remaining to give the Senators a 6-4 win over Washington.
Nashville rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves for his second shutout, and Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling each had a goal and an assist as the Predators beat Columbus 4-0.
Carolina’s Patrick Dwyer scored short-handed to cap a three-goal burst in the second period, as the Hurricanes snapped a six-game road losing streak by beating New Jersey 4-3.
Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart, Andrew Ladd and Devin Setoguchi scored in the second period and Al Montoya made 28 saves to help the Jets defeat the New York Islanders 3-2.
New York’s Rick Nash scored his second goal of the season and Henrik Lundqvist rebounded from a poor game with 31 saves to lift the Rangers to a 5-2 win over Florida.
Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais scored and Carey Price made 24 saves as the Canadiens beat lowly Buffalo 4-1 to notch a fourth-straight win.