Detroit’s Jiri Hudler scored twice as the Red Wings closed within a point of the NHL Western Conference lead with a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Hudler’s linemate Valtteri Filppula added a goal and two assists, and the third member of the line, Henrik Zetterberg, had three assists.
Johan Franzen and Cory Emmerton also connected for the Red Wings, who moved within a point of Central Division rival Chicago.
Michael Ryder had two goals, Jamie Benn added a goal and two assists, and Loui Eriksson also scored for the injury-ravaged Stars, who had to call up rookies Jordie Benn — older brother of Jamie Benn — and Brenden Dillon from the minor leagues.
BLUES 4, COYOTES 1
In St Louis, Jaroslav Halak made a season-high 34 saves as St Louis snapped its season-worst, three-game skid with a win over Phoenix.
The Blues improved to 15-3-2 at home. They are tied with Detroit for most home wins.
Chris Stewart and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals for St Louis, while T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund added goals for the Blues.
Radim Vrbata scored his team-leading 19th goal late in the second period for the Coyotes.
CAPITALS 3, FLAMES 1
In Washington, Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored power-play goals as Washington downed Calgary and notched a fourth straight win.
Nicklas Backstrom had three assists and Dennis Wideman also scored for the Capitals.
Curtis Glencross had the lone goal for the Flames, who have dropped four straight and have one game left on a seven-game trip.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 18 saves and Jarome Iginla remained one goal shy of becoming the 42nd NHL player to score 500.
MAPLE LEAFS 7, LIGHTNING 3
In Toronto, the hosts killed four early power plays — including a two-man advantage — in a rout of Tampa Bay.
Joffrey Lupul had a goal and three assists, while Carl Gunnarsson, Mikhail Grabovski, Darryl Boyce, Matt Frattin, Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel added goals for Toronto.
Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Pavel Kubina scored for the Lightning. Stamkos leads the NHL with 27 goals.
It was the beginning of an important stretch for the Maple Leafs, who will play nine of 11 at home heading into the All-Star break.
SABRES 4, OILERS 3
In Buffalo, Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe scored 2:04 apart late in the third period to spark slumping Buffalo over road-weary Edmonton.
Jordan Leopold and Sabres captain Jason Pominville, who played despite an illness that limited his ice time, also scored for Buffalo.
Corey Potter brought the Oilers within 4-3 with 1:50 left, but Edmonton didn’t get off another shot. Sam Gagner had a goal and assist, and Taylor Hall also scored for Edmonton, 1-4 during its seven-game trip.
ISLANDERS 4, HURRICANES 3, SO
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Frans Nielsen scored the deciding goal in a shootout as New York earned its third straight victory by downing Carolina in a meeting of the Eastern Conference’s bottom two teams.
Kyle Okposo scored with 1:30 remaining to send the game into overtime.
Chad LaRose, Brandon Sutter and Anthony Stewart scored for Carolina.