Marian Hossa had the game-winner in a shootout after scoring twice in regulation, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the St Louis Blues and ending a season-high five-game losing streak.
Barret Jackman scored midway through the third period to extend the game after rookies T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund scored tying goals in the second for the Blues.
Detroit’s Kirk Maltby scored early in the second and Hossa had two goals later in the period for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Chris Osgood made 31 saves.
St Louis’ Chris Mason had to stop just 13 shots in regulation and overtime after replacing Manny Legace early in the second period. Legace gave up three goals on just eight shots.
Detroit failed to keep three leads in regulation, but made up for it in the shootout when Jiri Hudler and Hossa scored and Osgood turned away David Perron’s final attempt for the Blues.
AVALANCHE 4, FLAMES 3
At Denver, Marek Svatos scored twice and Peter Budaj stopped 36 shots as Colorado edged Calgary to end a four-game slide.
Milan Hejduk and Ruslan Salei also scored for the Avalanche, who are 2-5 during a season-high eight-game homestand. It was the first multigoal game of the season for Svatos, who also had an assist.
Ryan Smyth and Tyler Arnason each added two assists.
Rene Bourque, Adrian Aucoin and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, whose three-game winning streak ended.
The Avalanche improved to 17-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period as Budaj preserved the win with numerous stops, including turning back two straight slap shots by Dion Phaneuf late in the game.
DUCKS 3, SABRES 2
At Anaheim, California, Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry scored third-period goals as Anaheim held off Buffalo.
■SENATORS FIRE COACH
Craig Hartsburg was fired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Monday after 48 games and with the team apparently on their way to missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons.
Hartsburg, 49, was replaced by 39-year-old Cory Clouston, who was promoted from the second-tier American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators. Clouston is the team’s fourth coach since Ottawa appeared in the 2007 Stanley Cup finals. He was given a three-year contract.
The Senators are 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 17-24-7 record and are 14 points out of eighth spot to qualify for the playoffs.
The decision to replace Hartsburg with Clouston was made by general manager Bryan Murray after Ottawa lost 7-4 at Washington on Sunday. Hartsburg signed a three-year contract in June.