Blues win shootout vs. Wild, go top
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko scored the lone shootout goal to give the Blues a 3-2 win at Minnesota on Friday, and a share of the overall NHL lead.
The Blues are among six teams tied on 34 points, including Tampa Bay — which beat Ottawa — and the New York Islanders, who defeated local rival New Jersey.
Among other key results, Brad Richards scored twice to lead Chicago over Los Angeles, and Calgary inflicted another defeat on slumping Arizona.
St. Louis’ Tarasenko netted his second post-regulation winner in two nights. He also scored in overtime on Friday to give the Blues a victory over Edmonton.
Tarasenko and David Backes scored regulation-time goals for the Blues, while Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who have now lost 10 of their past 11 games against St. Louis.
Chicago’s Brad Richards scored two goals to lift the Blackhawks over Los Angeles 4-1 in a matchup of the two teams that met in last season’s Western Conference finals.
Daniel Carcillo added a goal and and Brandon Saad scored into an empty net with 1:49 remaining to cap a 5-1 road trip.
Jordan Nolan scored the sole goal for the Kings.
Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan each had a goal and an assist as the Lightning topped Ottawa 4-1.
Brenden Morrow and Nikita Kucherov also netted for the Lightning.
David Legwand scored for the Senators, who were without right wing Bobby Ryan due to a broken finger.
New York goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves for his ninth straight win, helping the Islanders defeat New Jersey 3-1.
Cal Clutterbuck and Nikolay Kulemin also scored while Casey Cizikas added an empty-netter for the Islanders.
Damien Brunner scored his first goal in five weeks for the Devils, who have lost four straight.
Calgary goalie Karri Ramo stopped 26 shots in a shutout as the Flames beat Arizona 3-0.
Ramo earned his fourth straight win and second consecutive shutout. He is 3-0 in his career against Arizona, allowing an average of one goal per game in three starts.
Jiri Hudler had a goal and two assists while T.J. Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary.
The Coyotes lost their fifth straight at home, and have scored only 12 goals over their past seven games.
Buffalo’s Bryan Flynn scored in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Sabres edged Montreal 4-3.
Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart also scored for the Sabres, who have won five or their past six games.
Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal.
Pittsburgh’s Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal of the season with 4:33 remaining to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over Carolina.
Toronto’s Tyler Bozak scored twice as the Maple Leafs beat Washington 6-2.
Nashville’s Colin Wilson scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:12 to play, giving the Predators a 2-1 win over Columbus.
San Jose’s Logan Couture shook off an illness to play and scored twice as the Sharks beat Anaheim 6-4 and ended a four-game skid.
Denver beat Dallas 4-2, with Alex Tanguay having a goal and two assists for the Avalanche.
New York’s Derick Brassard scored twice to lead the Rangers to a 5-2 win over Philadelphia.