Pittsburgh’s Brandon Sutter scored 52 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a breathless 7-6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, and a three-point lead atop the NHL’s Atlantic Division.
Sutter took a pass from Simon Despres on a rush, stepped around an opponent and beat the goalie.
In other key games, Phoenix defeated Anaheim in a shootout, Philadelphia downed Ottawa, Boston came from two goals down to beat Tampa Bay and Vancouver scored five to down Los Angeles.
Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz, both netted two goals, while Sidney Crosby also scored.
Brian Gionta had a pair of goals, and Brandon Prust, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and P.K. Subban also scored as Montreal stretched their string of games without a regulation loss to 10.
Phoenix’s Steve Sullivan scored the tying goal with 6:28 remaining in regulation and then netted the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Coyotes to a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Lauri Korpikoski scored twice, Matthew Lombardi added a goal, and Mike Smith stopped 31 shots through overtime, and then all three shootout attempts for the Coyotes.
Andrew Cogliano had three goals, while Saku Koivu added a goal and an assist for the Ducks.
Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds scored as the Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1.
Boston’s Brad Marchand scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play with 2:16 left in the third period, completing the Bruins’ comeback from a two-goal deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2
Marchand’s 11th goal of the season came late in a double high-sticking penalty to Brendan Mikkelson. It was the second power-play goal of the game for the Bruins.
Tyler Seguin also scored on the power play for the Bruins 3:22 into the second period, pulling Boston within 2-1. Rich Peverley tied it 1:17 later. Patrice Bergeron and Marchand broke free for a two-on-one late in the third for the tiebreaking goal.
Steven Stamkos and Alexander Killorn scored for Tampa Bay.
Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen scored 2:44 apart late in the second period to help the Canucks down the Los Angeles Kings 5-2.
Dan Hamhuis, Mason Raymond also scored, while Chris Higgins added an empty-net goal for Vancouver.
Goals by San Jose’s Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski helped the Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 2-1.
Buffalo’s Jason Pominville scored twice in regulation and added a shootout goal as the Sabres beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3.
Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen scored twice and Riley Nash netted his first goal as the Hurricanes earned a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
Washington’s Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist as the Capitals won 3-0 at the Winnipeg Jets.