Jamie Benn scored 3 minutes, 42 seconds into overtime on Tuesday, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the St Louis Blues one night after teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak ended lengthy goal droughts for the Blues, who lost for the first time in five games with new goalie Ryan Miller.
Colton Sceviour scored a power-play goal for Dallas in the first period. Sceviour and Chris Mueller were promoted after Peverley was sidelined indefinitely and teammate Alex Chiasson was also hospitalized due to emotional distress after his teammate’s “cardiac event.”
Miller robbed Mueller with a glove save from point-blank range with 2:16 to go in the third. However, he could not corral a shot by Stars captain Benn that gave Dallas their fourth win in five games.
The Stars’ home game against Columbus on Monday night was postponed after Peverley fell ill with a heart problem. Peverley remained hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday while undergoing tests.
PENGUINS 2, CAPITALS 0
In Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading Pittsburgh to the win.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams’ home-and-home series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington. Pittsburgh have won three in a row and picked up at least a point in eight of their past 10 games. The Penguins have also beaten their longtime rivals a franchise-record eight straight times.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots in his third start for Washington. Alexander Ovechkin was held without a point for the fourth consecutive game as the Capitals lost for the fourth time in their past five.
Fleury tied his career high for shutouts in a season while winning his sixth straight start against the Capitals.
BLUE JACKETS 4, RED WINGS 1
In Columbus, Ohio, Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves, leading Columbus to the victory.
Nick Foligno and Derek MacKenzie also scored and Nathan Horton had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won five of six.
Columbus was playing one night after their game in Dallas was postponed in the first period when the Stars’ Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
The Blue Jackets and Red Wings came in to this game tied with 71 points in the East and battling for a playoff position.
Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings, who went to third-string goalie Petr Mrazek when Jimmy Howard could not play because of the flu. Mrazek stopped 33 shots.
SHARKS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2
In San Jose, California, Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist and passed the 400-point milestone for his career to lead San Jose to their third straight win, topping Toronto.
Tommy Wingels also scored, had a second goal waved off, delivered a bone-crushing check and got into a fight for the Sharks, who moved within two points of Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division. Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Marty Havlat added goals. Antti Niemi made 19 saves.
Jake Gardiner scored twice for the Maple Leafs, who looked worn down one night after an emotional 3-1 win over the Ducks in coach Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim. James Reimer made 42 saves.
Pavelski scored San Jose’s final two goals to give him 34 for the season.