PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the game at 4:56 of overtime to extend the San Jose Sharks’ win streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Logan Couture, with his franchise rookie-record tying 25th goal of the season, also scored while Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots. Improving to 14-2-1 in their past 17 games, the surging Sharks vaulted a point ahead of Phoenix to take over the Pacific Division lead.
Tyler Kennedy scored twice for the Penguins, including tying the game by stuffing in Jordan Staal’s rebound, with 50 seconds remaining in the third period.
Marleau scored the decisive goal during a scramble in front, and after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Couture from in close. The rebound dribbled to the left of the net, where Marleau flipped it in.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Teddy Purcell had his first career hat trick, Vincent Lecavalier added a goal and four assists as Tampa Bay ended Phoenix’s eight-game winning streak.
Purcell had one of the five opening-period goals, and added a pair during the second.
Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 41st goal this season, and Martin St. Louis also had two goals and an assist for the Lightning, who are 6-3-2 during a 12-game homestand.
St. Louis (22 goals, 50 assists) has five straight seasons of at least 20 goals and 50 assists. Adam Hall had the other Tampa Bay goal.
Phoenix got goals from Martin Hanzal, Kyle Turris and David Schlemko. The eight goals is the most allowed by the Coyotes this season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Tyler Myers had a goal and assist, and Ryan Miller made 40 saves to lift Buffalo over Atlanta in front of new Sabres owner Terry Pegula.
Paul Gaustad, Jason Pominville, and Tyler Ennis also scored for the Sabres (28-25-6), who snapped a three-game losing streak to win the fourth game of a season-long six-game homestand.
The Sabres and Thrashers came in tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 60 points. With the win, Buffalo moved to within three points of idle Carolina for the eighth and final playoff spot with two games in hand.
Pegula, who officially took over the team on Tuesday, was introduced to the crowd in a pre-game ceremony that also featured the Sabres’ 1970s “French Connection” line of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert skating to centre ice to greet Pegula.
Pegula received a standing ovation that lasted just over a minute.
Andrew Ladd scored, and Ondrej Pavelec finished with 35 saves for the slumping Thrashers (25-26-10).
OTTAWA (AP)—Bobby Butler scored twice, Craig Anderson made 23 saves, as Ottawa ended a 10-game home losing streak.
Butler, who has five goals in his past five games, scored midway through the first. He added his second of the game midway through the second to give Ottawa its second two-goal lead.
Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists and Ryan Shannon had a goal and an assist. Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators, who had not won at Scotiabank Place in nearly two months.
Ottawa, which is last in the Eastern Conference with 49 points, had gone 0-7-3 at home following a win over Pittsburgh on Dec. 26.
Anderson won his second start in a row since the Senators acquired him from Colorado on Friday in a trade for goalie Brian Elliott.
Chris Higgins scored his 11th goal for Florida, which has lost four of five. Scott Clemmensen stopped 29 shots.
DENVER (AP)—Rookie Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and goalie Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves to lead Edmonton past Colorado.
The game got off to a rough start when Ryan O’Byrne, an Avalanche defenceman, had his face slashed by the blade of a passing skater as he skated low behind the net some four minutes after the first puck was dropped.
Bleeding badly from the cut, O’Byrne nevertheless managed to skate off the ice and was escorted into the locker room for initial treatment before being taken to a nearby hospital.
Edmonton struck first, getting a power-play goal from Dustin Penner on a wrist shot at 14:17 of the first that got past Brian Elliott.
Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle and Kurtis Foster also scored for Edmonton.
Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado.