The San Jose Sharks earned their NHL-best 25th home victory with a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Patrick Marleau scored his 33rd goal and Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks, who maintained their three-point lead atop the Western Conference standings.
Surging Los Angeles lost in regulation for just the third time in a month.
The Sharks improved the NHL’s best home record to 25-2-3 by holding Los Angeles scoreless in the final 36 minutes.
The Kings are 11th in the conference standings, three points behind Edmonton, which provisionally holds the eighth and last playoff spot.
BLACKHAWKS 4, PANTHERS 0
In Sunrise, Florida, goaltender Cristobal Huet stopped 31 shots as Chicago beat Florida.
Ben Eaqer scored twice for Chicago, with Andrew Ladd and Jonathan Toews also finding the net.
The Blackhawks, who were playing away from home for the 10th time in 11 games, have won their past three and now have 18 road victories this season.
FLYERS 6, SABRES 3
In Philadelphia, Mike Richards had two goals and three assists for a career-high five points as Philadelphia downed Buffalo.
Mike Knuble broke a third-period tie to help the Flyers notch a third straight win.
Richards scored his NHL-leading sixth short-handed goal and second in two games as well as adding an empty-netter.
FLAMES 3, WILD 2, OT
In St Paul, Minnesota, Adrian Aucoin scored with 1:10 left in overtime for Calgary in a narrow win over Minnesota.
Aucoin’s winner came after he ringed a shot off the post on a breakaway earlier in the extra period.
PENGUINS 5, CANDIENS 4
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sergei Gonchar’s first goal gave Dan Bylsma his first win as an NHL coach as Pittsburgh edged slumping Montreal.
Gonchar, playing only his third game after missing most of the season because of a shoulder injury, scored to enable the Penguins to hang on despite squandering a two-goal third-period lead.
In other NHL matches it was:
• Devils 3, Lightning 2, SO
• Stars 4, Oilers 2
• Canucks 5, Senators 2
• Blue Jackets 4, Maple Leafs 3, SO
• Blues 2, Predators 1, OT
• Coyotes 4, Thrashers 3, SO
• Hurricanes 6, Islanders 2