Ducks take outright NHL lead with win at Predators
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Anaheim took over sole ownership of the NHL lead with a 5-2 win at Nashville on Thursday, moving clear of the Predators, who also dropped into a tie for top spot in the Central Division.
The Ducks are two points ahead of the Predators and St. Louis, which extended its points streak to a record 13 games.
In the Eastern Conference, leader Tampa Bay stayed two points ahead of Detroit, as they recorded wins over Dallas and Colorado respectively.
Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg scored twice while Sami Vatanen and Matt Beleskey scored a goal each for the Ducks, who started a five-game road trip in dominating fashion even with center Ryan Getzlaf scratched after aggravating a lower-body injury in the warm-up.
Colin Wilson and James Neal each scored in the third period for Nashville, but Corey Perry sealed the result with an empty-netter for the Ducks with 1:19 remaining.
Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson scored two third-period goals to lift the Lightning to a 5-3 win against Dallas.
Johnson tipped Brian Boyle’s shot from the top of the left faceoff circle down between the goalie’s legs to break a 3-3 tie with 3:37 remaining. He’d put Tampa Bay ahead 3-2 with a power-play goal at 12:27.
Nikita Kucherov scored into an empty net with 1:17 to go. Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman scored with the Lightning’s first two shots.
Defensemen John Klingberg and Alex Goligoski scored in the second period for the Stars, and Trevor Daley tied the game 3-3 in the third
That win kept Tampa Bay just ahead of pursuing Detroit, with won 3-0 at Colorado.
Goaltender Petr Mrazek had 28 saves for his first shutout of the season, while Justin Abdelkader scored the opening goal in the second period.
Darren Helm and Luke Glendening added empty-net goals in the last three minutes for the Red Wings, who are 8-1-0 in their past nine games.
The Avalanche was 0 for 3 on the power play and has not scored in the past 22 extra-man chances over four games.
San Jose goalie Antti Niemi made 33 saves to help the Sharks win 5-1 at listless Vancouver.
Matt Irwin, Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Andrew Desjardins and Chris Tierney, with his first NHL goal, scored for San Jose.
Radim Vrbata had the only goal for the Canucks.
New York’s Cal Clutterbuck scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Islanders a 3-2 win at Philadelphia.
After Clutterbuck’s wrister got past Steve Mason, Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier was denied by Jaroslav Halak on the tying attempt and the Flyers’ season-high four-game winning streak was over.
Clutterbuck also scored in regulation for the Islanders, as did Mikhail Grabovski as the Islanders ended a three-game skid.
Nick Schultz and Chris VandeVelde scored in regulation for the Flyers.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal as the Capitals defeated Ottawa 3-2.
Florida’s Brandon Pirri scored with 3:05 remaining to lift the Panthers over struggling Los Angeles 3-2.
Carolina’s Eric Lindholm scored the only goal of the shootout, producing a 2-1 win for the Hurricanes against Arizona.
St. Louis set a franchise record by extending their points streak to 13 games with a 3-0 win over lowly Buffalo.