The Vancouver Canucks overcame flight delays and the New Jersey Devils, winning 2-1 on Friday to take over the lead in the NHL standings.
The Canucks did not arrive in New Jersey until 3:30am because of snow-related delays. They were not at their best, but still won thanks to goals from Aaron Rome and Mason Raymond and 30 saves by goaltender Cory Schneider.
David Clarkson scored for the Devils on a play in which the puck deflected into the net off his skate. After a review, officials upheld the score.
ISLANDERS 4, RANGERS 3, SO
In Uniondale, New York, P.A. Parenteau scored twice in regulation and linemate Matt Moulson netted the winner in a shootout as the Islanders edged the Rangers in the all-New York clash.
Parenteau scored in the first and second periods after Moulson had opened the scoring as the Islanders grabbed a 3-1 lead. However, the Rangers shook off their sloppiness and got even through goals by Marc Staal, Marian Gaborik and Derek Stepan.
It was not enough as Evgeni Nabokov, back from illness, stopped three Rangers in the shootout to secure the win.
SABRES 2, BRUINS 1, SO
In Buffalo, New York, Derek Roy scored the decisive shootout goal in lifting Buffalo over Boston.
Andrej Sekera scored in regulation for the Sabres.
Zdeno Chara scored the tying goal in the third period as the Bruins salvaged a point.
Boston lost despite not being called for a penalty for the first time in a game since 2004.
STARS 4, WILD 1
In Dallas, Texas, Tom Wandell scored twice as Dallas beat Minnesota and took sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots while Loui Eriksson and Eric Nystrom added goals for the Stars, who improved to 68 points, two ahead of Calgary, Colorado and Los Angeles.
The Stars earned their 1,500th victory in franchise history, 742 coming since the team moved to Texas in 1993. Dallas have won 16 in a row at home against the Wild, with Minnesota’s last victory there coming in 2002-2003.
CAPITALS 4, CANADIENS 1
In Washington, Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury to combine with Jason Chimera on a pair of goals 16 seconds apart that set Washington up for victory over Montreal.
The Capitals came in with three straight losses, but went ahead in the first period through Mathieu Perreault. Chimera made it 2-0 in the second, and while it was still being announced, Ovechkin made it 3-0.
Ovechkin missed the previous game with a lower-body injury. The two-time most valuable player is having what might wind up as his worst NHL season, with only 25 goals and 21 assists so far.
Rene Borque pulled a goal back for the Canadiens before Joel Ward added an empty-netter with 35.1 seconds left to complete the scoring.
AVALANCHE 5, BLUE JACKETS 0
In Columbus, Ohio, David Jones scored twice and had an assist as Colorado produced an authoritative road performance over Columbus.
Semyon Valamov turned away 28 shots for the shutout, while Gabriel Landeskog and Steve Downie each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche and Matt Hunwick also scored.