Phoenix’s Antoine Vermette scored the deciding goal in the shootout for the second straight game, to give the Coyotes a 3-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday for their fifth straight win.
Phoenix moved two points clear of the Canucks and within a point of the lead in the Pacific Division.
Among Tuesday’s other games, St Louis also won 3-2 after a shootout to defeat Montreal, as did Dallas to beat Boston, while Minnesota routed Calgary.
Phoenix’s Vermette, who gave the Coyotes a victory at San Jose on Saturday, trickled the puck just past the line in the sixth round of the tiebreaker. Henrik Sedin lost control of the puck on his chance after Vermette’s goal and the Coyotes took a third consecutive shootout win.
Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan scored in regulation for the Coyotes, who are 7-0-1 at home. Dan Hamhuis and Ryan Kesler had goals for Vancouver.
St Louis’ T.J. Oshie got the shootout goal that delivered the Blues a 3-2 win over Montreal.
St Louis opened the scoring at 2 minutes, 38 seconds of the first period when Alexander Steen fired home his NHL-leading 13th goal of the season.
Rene Borque and Michael Bournival netted to put the Canadiens ahead, before Chris Stewart tied it 2-2 at 10:31 of the third period by deflecting in a shot from the blue line off the post.
Minnesota’s Zach Parise scored twice to lead the Wild to a 5-1 win over Calgary.
Parise put the Wild ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:28 of the second period. Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine and Zenon Konopka also scored for Minnesota.
Jiri Hudler scored the sole goal for the Flames.
Wild goaltender Josh Harding made 24 saves in winning his fifth straight start. He leads the NHL with a 1.10 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.
Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored in a shootout against their former team, lifting the Stars to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
Vernon Fiddler tied the game for Dallas on a penalty shot with 2:34 left in the third period. That erased a lead Boston took with 8:21 remaining when Milan Lucic tipped in a shot from the blue line.
The game was the first against the Bruins for Seguin and Peverley, who were traded to Dallas after last season.
Buffalo’s Cory Hodgson scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Sabres a 5-4 win over San Jose, only their third win in 17 games this season.
Ryan Miller made 47 saves, while Henrik Tallinder, Cody McCormick, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored for the Sabres, who have defeated the Sharks five straight times.
Tyler Kennedy and Tomas Hertl scored 70 seconds apart early in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit for the Sharks and Tommy Wingels got another equalizer late in the third, but San Jose still lost their third straight game. Marty Havlat also scored.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin returned from a shoulder injury to score his 11th and 12th goals of the season as the Capitals rode a second-period flurry to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders.
After being sidelined for two games, Ovechkin scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for the Capitals, who have won three straight and are above .500 for the first time this season.
John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Alexander Urbom and rookie Tom Wilson also scored for Washington, who netted four power-play goals.
John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders.
Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson scored twice and backup goalie Robin Lehner made 32 saves as the Senators topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 and snapped a five-game losing skid.
Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello scored his second goal of the game 1:55 into overtime as the Oilers ended a run of five-straight losses and beat the Florida Panthers 4-3.
The Carolina Hurricanes also ended a five-game skid by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1, with Manny Malhotra scoring the overtime winner.