NEW YORK, N.Y. – Dominic Moore scored the tying short-handed goal with 1:57 left in regulation and then added the only goal in the shootout to help the Tampa Bay Lightning snap a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
The Lightning ended their skid despite not having star forward Martin St. Louis in the lineup for the first time in 500 games. St. Louis was struck near his left eye Thursday morning by a shot taken by Moore and sustained facial and sinus fractures.
Ryan Malone had gotten Tampa Bay even at 1-1 in the second period.
Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored for the Rangers, who have dropped two straight (0-1-1) following a five-game winning streak.
PANTHERS 2, BRUINS 0
BOSTON (AP)—Tomas Kopecky broke a scoreless tie with 2:32 left and Jose Theodore stopped 40 shots as Florida beat Boston and sent Tim Thomas to his first loss in 11 games.
It was the second shutout of the season for Theodore.
Thomas, who hadn’t lost since Oct. 27, made 28 saves.
Kris Versteeg added an empty-netter with 42 seconds left, outracing the Bruins to a loose puck and backhanding it into the net to clinch it.
The Bruins went all of November without losing a game in regulation, but they are 2-2 in December. They have lost two in a row for the first time since back-to-back losses to Montreal at the end of October.
Since Thomas’ last loss, he had allowed just 17 goals while posting three shutouts.
FLYERS 3, PENGUINS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Danny Briere, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell each scored in Philadelphia’s win over Pittsburgh.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed the first of two games as a precaution following a collision with teammate Chris Kunitz in Monday night’s loss to Boston. The Penguins could have used him. James Neal and Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh.
The Flyers built a 3-0 lead and held on a night after they rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Buffalo in overtime.
BLACKHAWKS 3, ISLANDERS 2, OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game 1:34 into overtime to lift Chicago past the New York Islanders.
Marian Hossa added a goal, and Ray Emery made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who earned a 5-4 shootout victory against New York on Friday in Chicago.
Defencemen Travis Hamonic and Steve Staios scored for the Islanders, and Al Montoya made 25 saves.
DEVILS 5, SENATORS 4, SO
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Rookie Adam Henrique scored on a backhander in the fourth round of the shootout to give New Jersey a victory over Ottawa.
Zach Parise and Patrik Elias also scored in the shootout for the Devils, who trailed 3-0 with about 5 minutes left in the second period before scoring four unanswered goals.
Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester scored a short-handed goal to tie it with just five seconds remaining in regulation.
Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson scored in the shootout for the Senators, but goalie Johan Hedberg, who replaced Martin Brodeur to start the second period, stopped David Rundblad to earn the win.
Trailing 3-1 entering the third, the Devils cut it to 3-2 on a short-handed tally from Dainius Zubrus, then Matias Tedenby and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored in a span of 37 seconds to give New Jersey a 4-3 lead. Zach Parise also had a short-handed goal for the Devils.
Ottawa’s Milan Michalek scored his 18th of the season in the first period, breaking a tie for the NHL lead. Nick Foligno also scored in the first period for Ottawa and Daniel Alfredsson scored with the advantage in the second—the first power-play goal the Devils have allowed at home all season.
PREDATORS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Sergei Kostitsyn’s redirect with 12.1 seconds left forced overtime and Colin Wilson’s one-timer 1:45 into the extra period gave Nashville a win over Columbus.
The Predators trailed by two goals until Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:36 left in the third period, setting up the final frantic minute.
Wilson converted on a 2-on-1 break, netting a nifty pass from Martin Erat, who had also set up Kostitsyn’s tying goal.
Mike Fisher added a goal for the Predators, who had lost two in a row.
Jeff Carter, Antoine Vermetteand Derek Dorsett scored for Columbus, which never trailed in regulation.
RED WINGS 5, COYOTES 2
DETROIT (AP)—Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler both had a goal and assist, and Detroit scored five times in the first period against Phoenix.
Todd Bertuzzi, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg had two assists each, and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves. The Red Wings scored on their first two shots of the game.
Datsyuk left in the second period because of an undisclosed lower body injury and didn’t return.
Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal scored for Phoenix. Mike Smith stopped seven shots before being replaced late in the first period by Jason LaBarbera, who made 20 saves.
BLUES 4, DUCKS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP)—T.J. Oshie scored twice, defenceman Ian Cole added his first goal of the season and Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves to lead St. Louis over Anaheim.
St. Louis won for the sixth time in eight games. The Blues have at least one point in 13 of 15 games and improved to 10-2-3 under Ken Hitchcock, who took over for Davis Payne on Nov. 6.
The Ducks have won three times in 19 games.
Chris Porter also scored for the Blues, who have won their last four home games against Anaheim by a combined score of 24-9.
Bobby Ryan and Devante Smith-Pelly scored for the Ducks, who fell to 1-2-1 under coach Bruce Boudreau.
Jamie Langenbrunner added two assists for St. Louis.
CANUCKS 4, CANADIENS 3, SO
MONTREAL (AP)—Cody Hodgson scored twice, including the only shootout goal, and Vancouver overcame a three-goal deficit for a win over Montreal.
Roberto Luongo, who stopped 20 shots, turned aside David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Michael Cammalleri in the tiebreaker as Vancouver won its third in a row. The Canucks, who trailed 3-0 in the second, have won eight of nine.
Sami Salo drew Vancouver even at 3 with a power-play goal with 4:40 left in the third.
Mason Raymond scored a short-handed goal in the second to begin the Canucks’ comeback. It was Raymond’s first goal in three games since returning from a vertebrae compression fracture in the Stanley Cup finals.
Carey Price made 28 saves, and Raphael Diaz also scored for Montreal, which won for just the second time in seven games (2-3-2).
WILD 4, KINGS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Matt Hackett made 42 saves in his first NHL start and Minnesota set a franchise record with its sixth straight road victory, beating Los Angeles.
Hackett, the 21-year-old nephew of former NHL goalie Jeff Hackett, made his debut Tuesday night at San Jose and stopped all 34 shots he faced in a relief role. He replaced Josh Harding 71 seconds into the game with a 1-0 deficit and helped the Wild pull out a 2-1 win.
Hackett stretched his string of consecutive saves to 65 on Thursday before Dustin Penner converted a rebound of Jack Johnson’s shot at 3:59 of the third period to cut Minnesota’s lead to 3-1.
SHARKS 5, STARS 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Ryane Clowe, Brad Winchester and Torrey Mitchell scored in a 6-minute span of the second period to rally San Jose past Dallas.
Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Sharks, who had lost four of five.
Mike Ribeiro and Brandon Morrow had goals for Dallas, which opened a season-high, five-game, 10-day trip with its second straight loss.
Antii Niemi made 18 saves for his second win over the Stars this season and sixth in 10 games overall.
Andrew Raycroft fell to 1-7 against the Sharks after allowing five goals on 24 shots through two periods. Rookie Richard Bachman replaced Raycroft in the third period, and made 12 saves in his second NHL appearance.
FLAMES 3, AVALANCHE 2
CALGARY (AP)—Olli Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left, and Calgary topped Colorado.
Curtis Glencross, with a goal and an assist, and Lee Stempniak also scored for Calgary. Brendan Morrison added two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 16 saves in the win.
Matt Duchene and T.J. Galiardi had goals for the Avalanche. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 32 shots.