Nicklas Backstrom scored in overtime to give Washington a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Friday, making a success of Bruce Boudreau's debut as the Capitals' interim head coach.
Backstrom, who also had two assists, slipped a loose puck past Philadelphia goaltender Marty Biron at 1:55 of the extra period to snap the Capitals' five-game losing streak.
The 52-year-old Boudreau was named to the interim position on Thursday, replacing Glen Hanlon, who was fired a day after the Capitals lost to Atlanta. He took over a team that had lost nine of its previous 10.
Bruins 2, Islanders 1
At Boston, Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots and Glen Metropolit scored the winner to lift Boston to its fourth win in five games with victory over the New York Islanders.
The Islanders have scored two goals or fewer in each of their last seven games.
Boston embarks on a tough stretch the next two-and-a-half weeks, playing nine of its next 10 away beginning yesterday with a rematch against the Islanders.
Blue Jackets 4, Wild 0
At St. Paul, Minnesota, Pascal Leclaire stopped 32 shots for his club-record sixth shutout this season and Columbus snapped a five-game road winless streak by downing Minnesota.
Michael Peca had a goal and an assist in his return from a groin injury for Columbus, which took advantage of several Wild turnovers.
Minnesota has dropped 10 of its last 14 and continues to struggle after starting the season 7-0-1.
Ducks 3, Coyotes 3, SO
At Anaheim, California, Radim Vrbata scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 1:07 left in regulation, then added the clinching goal in the shootout to give Phoenix victory over Anaheim.
Former Duck Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 23 saves, thwarted attempts by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the shootout. Bryzgalov was 0-5 in shootouts while playing for the Ducks.
Hurricanes 4, Lightning 3
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Glen Wesley capped a third-period comeback with his first goal in more than nine months to help Carolina beat Tampa Bay for the first time this season.
Down 3-1 entering the final 20 minutes and headed toward another lopsided loss to their Southeast Division rival, the Hurricanes scored three goals in less than 7 minutes.
Sabres 4, Canadiens 2
In Buffalo, New York, Thomas Vanek scored to break a third-period tie and Buffalo downed Montreal.
In other games, it was:
* Devils 3, Thrashers 0
* Panthers 3, Rangers 2, SO
* Blues 3, Canucks 1
* Stars 3, Maple Leafs 1