TAMPA, Fla. – Eric Fehr had two goals, including a tiebreaking redirection with 51.5 seconds left in the third period, as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay had pulled even at 3 on Ondrej Palat’s nifty tip-in of Matt Carle’s shot at 14:30 of the third. Martin St. Louis also assisted on the goal to move past Rick Tocchet into sole possession of 89th place on the NHL’s career list with 953 points.
Washington also got goals from Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson.
Tyler Johnson and B.J. Crombeen had the other goals for the Lightning.
PANTHERS 2, SABRES 1, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Brad Boyes scored in regulation and the shootout, lifting the Panthers over the Sabres.
Buffalo was playing its first game under general manager Tim Murray and special adviser Craig Patrick, introduced earlier Thursday by team President Pat LaFontaine.
Tim Thomas made 23 saves and was perfect in the shootout for Florida, which won on the road for the first time since Dec. 19.
Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves and Jamie McBain scored for Buffalo, which is 6-0-2 in its last eight home games.
DEVILS 1, STARS 0
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Cory Schneider earned his third shutout of the season and Michael Ryder scored his team-leading 15th goal as the Devils snapped a three-game winless streak with a victory over Dallas.
Schneider finished with 26 saves in his first victory since Dec. 28 against the New York Islanders. Schneider’s previous shutout was also a 1-0 victory against Buffalo on Nov. 30.
Despite stellar goaltending by Kari Lehtonen, who made 33 saves, Dallas dropped its fourth straight.
HURRICANES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, and Jeff Skinner extended his offensive surge with a goal and an assist to lead the Hurricanes to a win over the Maple Leafs.
John-Michael Liles, Patrick Dwyer, Zach Boychuk and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their fifth straight game. Liles was playing against his former team for the first time—Carolina sent defenceman Tim Gleason to Toronto for Liles on Jan. 1.
Skinner’s goal was his 17th in his last 17 games, and he improved his point streak to a career-high six games, with seven goals and five assists in that stretch.
DUCKS 4, PREDATORS 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Ducks beat the Predators for their fifth straight win and 15th in 16 games.
Selanne’s fifth goal this season came on the power play at 18:52 of the second, capping a four-goal period for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf also scored two goals, and Corey Perry added a goal. Matt Beleskey had two assists.
Paul Gaustad, Craig Smith and Rich Clune scored a goal each for Nashville, and Matt Cullen had two assists. But the Predators lost for only the second time in regulation when scoring first.
WILD 4, COYOTES 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Justin Fontaine scored three goals, Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 shots and the Wild won their fourth straight by beating the Coyotes.
Fontaine scored late in the first period, gave the Wild a two-goal lead on a power play in the third and closed out his first career hat trick with an empty-net goal.
Kyle Brodziak had a goal and an assist, Matt Cook had two assists and Backstrom won his third straight start after allowing 17 goals the previous four.
Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who have lost three of four.
BLUES 5, FLAMES 0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for his 28th career shutout and third this season to lead the Blues to their seventh straight victory with a win over the Flames.
Chris Stewart, Vladimir Sobotka, Ian Cole, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored goal for St. Louis, which hasn’t been defeated since losing in a shootout to the Flames on Dec. 23.
Calgary has lost six of seven since, and it’s also the fifth time in seven games the Flames have been shut out.
Calgary has lost five home games in a row in regulation for the first time since March 7-31, 2000.