Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the game at 4:56 in overtime to extend the San Jose Sharks’ winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Logan Couture also scored while Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots. The Sharks vaulted a point ahead of Phoenix to take over the Pacific Division lead.
Tyler Kennedy scored twice for the Penguins, including tying the game by stuffing in Jordan Staal’s rebound, with 50 seconds remaining in the third period.
Marleau scored the decisive goal during a scramble in front and after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Couture from in close. The rebound dribbled to the left of the net, where Marleau flipped it in.
LIGHTNING 8, COYOTES 3
In Tampa, Florida, Teddy Purcell had his first career hat trick, and Vincent Lecavalier added a goal and four assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning ended Phoenix’s eight-game winning streak.
Purcell had one of the five opening-period goals and added a pair during the second.
Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 41st goal this season, and Martin St Louis also had two goals and an assist for the Lightning, who are 6-3-2 during a 12-game homestand. Phoenix got goals from Martin Hanzal, Kyle Turris and David Schlemko.
SABRES 4, THRASHERS 1
At Buffalo, New York, Tyler Myers had a goal and assist, and Ryan Miller made 40 saves to lift the Buffalo Sabres over Atlanta in front of new Sabres owner Terry Pegula.
Paul Gaustad, Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis also scored for the Sabres (28-25-6), who snapped a three-game losing streak to win the fourth game of a season-long six-game homestand.
The Sabres and Thrashers came in tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 60 points. Buffalo moved within three points of Carolina for the eighth and final playoff spot with two games in hand.
Andrew Ladd scored and Ondrej Pavelec finished with 35 saves for the slumping Thrashers (25-26-10).
In other NHL games, it was:
‧ Senators 5, Panthers 1
‧ Oilers 5, Avalanche 1
‧ Kings 3, Ducks 2