Wild Get Shootout Win to Take Conference Lead…Caps, Jackets Fall
(AP) — The Minnesota Wild are back atop the NHL's Western Conference standings after running their road point streak to 12 games.
Chris Stewart scored in the fifth round of a shootout to lead the Wild past Dallas, 3-2. Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu each scored once in regulation and again in the shootout before Stewart allowed the Wild to improve to 11-0-1 in their last dozen games on enemy ice.
Minnesota is 20-3-1 in its last 24 games overall, putting them two points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks in the West.
The Hawks ended a three-game winning streak as Tyler Johnson scored twice in a 30-second span early in the third period to erase Tampa Bay's 2-1 deficit in a 5-2 win at Chicago. Brian Boyle had a goal and an assist as the Lightning ended a three-game skid.
Meanwhile, Washington still heads the Eastern Conference by two points over Columbus after both teams lost.
Nikolay Kulemin provided the go-ahead goal and an assist in the second period of the Islanders' 4-2 triumph over Columbus. Josh Bailey notched his 100th career goal, Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots and John Tavares had two assists as the Isles dropped the Blue Jackets to 5-6-0 since a team-record 16-game winning streak.
The Caps were on a 12-0-2 run until Mike Condon stopped 31 shots and Ottawa scored twice in the first 4:10 en route to a 3-0 shutout of Washington. Chris Kelly scored a short-handed goal 1:46 into the Senators' sixth win in eight games. Bobby Ryan and Zach Smith also scored as Ottawa stayed eight points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Montreal got two goals from Alexander Radulov in a 5-1 decision over Calgary. Carey Price turned back 30 shots and registered an assist as the Habs sent the Flames to their fourth consecutive loss.
— San Jose picked up its sixth straight win and took over the Pacific Division lead by beating Winnipeg, 4-3 on Patrick Marleau's goal with 4:33 remaining. Logan Couture collected a goal and an assist before Marleau furnished his 498th career goal and fifth goal in two games.
— Blues netminder Carter Hutton earned his sixth career shutout by making 34 saves against the high-powered Penguins to lead a 3-0 victory at Pittsburgh. Colton Parayko, Ryan Reaves and Scottie Upshall did the scoring to help St. Louis halt a three-game losing streak.
— The Kings avoided their fifth straight loss as Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson scored in the first two minutes of a 3-1 win at New Jersey. Alec Martinez also tallied in the opening period and Peter Budaj handled 24 shots for Los Angeles.
— Boston ended a four-game skid by beating Detroit, 4-3 on David Pastrnak's goal at 4:13 of overtime. Brad Marchand scored twice before Pastrnak finally notched his 20th goal of the season and first in 18 games.
— Jack Eichel's second goal of the night came at 2:35 of OT to send Buffalo to its third straight win, 5-4 at Nashville. The Predators led 4-2 until Brian Gionta scored and Kyle Okposo delivered the equalizer with 1:05 left in the 3rd period.
Sharks send Wingels to Senators
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have shipped center Tommy Wingels to the Ottawa Senators for a pair of minor league forwards and a seventh-round pick in this year's NHL draft. Wingels has five goals and three assists in 37 games this season, two years after scoring 15 goals and 36 points.