Jason Pominville and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart early in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
The Wild and Flyers had combined for only 28 shots when Pominville collected Mikko Koivu’s pass in the crease and pushed it past a helpless Ray Emery 3 minutes 52 seconds into the third period.
On the ensuing shift, Coyle tapped a rebound off Jared Spurgeon’s slap shot into an empty corner after 4m 49s.
The game was expected to be defensive-minded — the Wild had only allowed an NHL-best 17 even-strength goals in their previous 21 games, while the Flyers had allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of their past 14 games.
Josh Harding stopped 21 shots to earn his third shutout of the season.
JETS 5, RANGERS 2
Winnipeg’s Olli Jokinen broke a tie with 7m 18s left in the third period and then netted an insurance goal moments later to lead the Jets to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers.
Jokinen, a former Ranger, fired his shot past rookie Cam Talbot, who got a surprise second-straight start over No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist. He then squeezed his sixth goal of the season between Talbot’s pads with 1m 54s left, making it 4-2.
CANADIENS 3, DEVILS 2
Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk scored midway through the third period to lift the Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, while Carey Price made 28 saves.
Steve Bernier and Michael Ryder scored for the Devils, and Martin Brodeur stopped 14 shots.
Ryder tied it at two with a slap shot that got past Price at 4m 42s in the third, but Galchenyuk responded five minutes later, picking up his seventh goal after Alexei Emelin’s shot landed on his stick.
KINGS 3, BLUES 2
Rookie Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Jarret Stoll also tallied and Ben Scrivens made 25 saves in Los Angeles’ victory over St Louis.