Backup goalie Michael Leighton made 36 saves in his first start since Christmas, helping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks in NHL action on Thursday.
Sergei Samsonov scored the shootout winner for Carolina, who won without injured captain Rod Brind’Amour and Eric Staal, the All-Star forward who left the game before the third period because of a lower-body injury.
The Western Conference-leading Sharks have lost consecutive home games for the first time this season.
BLACKHAWKS 5, FLAMES 2
In Calgary, Alberta, Chicago leapfrogged Calgary into overall third place in the Western Conference.
Adam Burish broke a tie midway through the second period and Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves for the Blackhawks, who are 4-1-0 on an eight-game road trip.
BRUINS 4, SENATORS 3, SO
In Ottawa, Boston notched a fourth straight win, thanks to a spectacular performance in the shootout by goaltender Tim Thomas, who stopped all five Ottawa shots.
Thomas made a sensational glove stop on Dany Heatley after turning aside four previous shots.
KINGS 5, CAPITALS 4
In Washington, Los Angeles dealt Washington a rare home defeat, winning despite allowing Alex Ovechkin’s 200th NHL goal.
Ovechkin scored with just under 10 minutes left, pulling Washington to 4-3. It was Ovechkin’s NHL-high 37th goal this season.
Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux are the only other players to reach 200 goals in their first four seasons. Anze Kopitar scored two goals and added an assist for the Kings.
PREDATORS 4, DUCKS 2
In Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville recorded a fourth straight win by downing Anaheim.
Pekka Rinne made 28 saves, while Ryan Jones, Jason Arnott, Martin Erat and Vernon Fiddler got Nashville’s goals.
AVALANCHE 3, STARS 2
In Denver, Colorado snapped Dallas’ winning streak at five games.
Cody McLeod broke a tie with 7 minutes left, putting the Avalanche ahead for good.
OILERS 2, BLUES 1, SO
In St Louis, Robert Nilsson and Sam Gagner scored in a shootout for Edmonton and Dwayne Roloson stopped both St Louis attempts for the win.
Sheldon Souray opened the scoring late in the second period for Edmonton, and Jay McClement tied it with a short-handed goal early in the third.
PANTHERS 3, ISLANDERS 2
In Sunrise, Florida, Richard Zednik’s stunning goal in the second period helped surging Florida end New York’s season-high winning streak at four games.