Lightning beat Blackhawks 4-0 to close on East lead
TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos kept up his strong record against Chicago as he scored twice to lead the Lightning to a 4-0 win against the Blackhawks on Friday, closing the gap on the NHL Eastern Conference lead.
The Lightning moved within three points of East leader Montreal, and two of the New York Islanders, who regained sole leadership of the Metropolitan Division by beating Calgary.
The Los Angeles-area clash saw Anaheim come from two goals down in the third period to beat the Kings.
Tampa Bay’s Stamkos has 11 goals and 17 points in nine games against Chicago. Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season, while Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning.
The Blackhawks managed to win their first game without leading scorer Patrick Kane on Thursday, but his absence was felt against the Lightning.
Anaheim’s Corey Perry scored the tiebreaking goal with 8:39 to play as the league-leading Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period and beat Los Angeles 4-2.
Ryan Kesler and Emerson Etem scored 90 seconds apart early in the third period for the Ducks. Perry then secured the seventh 25-goal season of his NHL career to put Anaheim ahead, and sealed it with an empty-net goal with 23.6 seconds left on a high-arcing shot.
Trevor Lewis and Brayden McNabb scored for the Kings.
The New York Islanders beat Calgary 2-1, with goaltender Jaroslav Halak setting the team record with his 33rd win of the season.
Halak stopped 26 shots, but lost his shutout bid with 20.9 seconds left when Josh Jooris scored for the Flames.
Ryan Strome scored for the Islanders, and Cal Clutterbuck’s empty-net goal in the final minute made it 2-0 before Jooris replied.
The Flames, without injured leading scorer Mark Giordano, missed a chance to move into a wild-card position in the Western Conference playoff race.
Boston’s Ryan Spooner scored his first NHL goal with 2:14 left in overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win at New Jersey after blowing a two-goal third-period lead.
Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots in his first shutout of the season and helped the Hurricanes beat Washington 3-0.
Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly scored on the first attempt of the shootout while Semyon Varlamov stopped all three Dallas shots in the tiebreaker, giving the Avalanche a 5-4 win against the Stars.