Mark Recchi and John LeClair each had two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins broke a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in the first game in Pittsburgh since the retirement of superstar Mario Lemieux.
Sidney Crosby got the best of the showdown between the league's two marquee rookies. Crosby had a goal and three assists for the Penguins, while Alexander Ovechkin scored for Washington.
The Penguins produced a video tribute to Lemieux and showed it on the jumbotron during the first media stoppage in play. Fans stood and clapped and the cheers became louder when Lemieux and his wife, Nathalie, were shown on the scoreboard from their luxury box.
Pittsburgh broke it open with five goals in the third period against the Capitals, who had won four of their last five.
Crosby scored his 24th goal in the third, beating Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig while alone in the slot.
Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3, SO
At Sunrise, Florida, Erik Cole and Ray Whitney scored in a shootout to lift the streaking Hurricanes to the win. Carolina forward Rod Brind'Amour had sent the game to overtime with his second power-play goal with 1:04 left in the third period.
Cullen also scored for Carolina, which is 11-1 in its last 12 games. The Hurricanes won the shootout 2-1, clinching the victory when goalie Martin Gerber stopped Martin Gelinas.
Canadiens 5, Flyers 3
At Philadelphia, Jan Bulis scored a career-best four goals and the Montreal Canadiens snapped a seven-game road losing streak.
Steve Begin also scored for Montreal, which had lost 16 of its last 17 on the road and hadn't won away from home since beating Tampa Bay on Dec. 28.
Simon Gagne, Freddy Meyer and R.J. Umberger scored for Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia, which has lost four of its last five games at home.
Stars 4, Blues 3, SO
At Dallas, Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen scored in the shootout and Dallas edged St. Louis to stay perfect in the NHL's new tiebreaker this season.
Dallas goaltender Marty Turco got a break when Mike Sillinger hit the crossbar on St. Louis' first try, and he stopped Dennis Wideman with a sprawling second-round save.
Oilers 6, Mighty Ducks 3
At Anaheim, California, Chris Pronger broke open a tie game with a pair of power-play goals in the third period as Edmonton beat Anaheim.
Ales Horcoff had an empty-net goal and two assists. Marc-Andre Bergeron, Steve Staios, Ales Hemsky also scored for the Oilers, who have won five of their last six games at the Pond. They are 9-1-4 in their last 14 road games, including three shootout losses and one in overtime.