Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the St Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Del Zotto and Simmonds helped the Flyers erase a 1-0 hole and give them an important two points in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Michael Raffl scored an empty-net goal to seal the victory.
Steve Mason stopped 28 shots for the Flyers.
Jaden Schwartz scored his 21st goal for the Blues. Brian Elliott was stout in making 28 saves for a Blues team trying to gain ground in the Central Division and Western Conference.
ISLANDERS 4, PREDATORS 3
In Nashville, Tennessee, Brock Nelson scored with 6 minutes, 8 seconds left, helping the New York Islanders rally after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period with a win over slumping Nashville, who lost their season-worst fifth straight game.
The Islanders moved back atop the Metropolitan Division ahead of the idle Rangers and swept the season series with Nashville for the first time. The Islanders had been 2-7 in Nashville.
Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid. John Tavares had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Nick Leddy also had goals. Johnny Boychuk added two assists.
Colin Wilson, Craig Smith and Mike Ribeiro scored goals for the Predators.
KINGS 4, CANADIENS 3, SO
In Los Angeles, Marian Gaborik’s second power-play goal tied it with 45 seconds left in regulation, and he scored again in the shootout as Los Angeles rallied to beat Montreal.
Jeff Carter also scored in regulation and the shootout, and Anze Kopitar scored in the fourth round before Lars Eller put a shot off the post to end Los Angeles’ second shootout victory in eight tries this season.
The defending Stanley Cup champions have won 10 of 13 overall, staying even with Calgary in third place in the Pacific Division.
Max Pacioretty scored in the third period and again in the shootout for the Canadiens, who rallied from an early two-goal deficit. Tom Gilbert and Brendan Gallagher scored 94 seconds apart to tie it in the second period for the Canadiens.
Montreal rebounded from back-to-back losses in California with their first point on a four-game West Coast trip. The Canadiens have lost three straight for the first time since early December last year.
In other NHL action, it was:
‧ Flames 4, Bruins 3, SO
‧ Wild 2, Capitals 1
‧ Stars 4, Panthers 3, SO
‧ Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 2
‧ Coyotes 3, Canucks 2, SO
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