PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Ville Leino scored twice in the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Tuesday night and stay atop the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia has led the conference and the Atlantic Division since Jan. 8, but the Penguins had won eight of 10 and had a chance to tie their cross-state rivals at 100 points with a regulation victory.
Goals by Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell, and Claude Giroux and 25 saves by Sergei Bobrovsky prevented that for the Flyers, who won in regulation for the second time in seven games.
Alex Kovalev and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh, which had won four straight games in a shootout.
WASHINGTON (AP)—Jeff Skinner scored a goal and converted his shootout attempt to lift Carolina to a win against Washington.
Skinner’s goal tied the game 2-2 less than two minutes into the third period, when his seemingly innocuous shot knuckled past goalie Semyon Varlamov.
Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes, and Tuomo Ruutu converted the deciding shootout attempt. Cam Ward had 38 saves.
The Capitals did not convert a shootout chance, Ward stopped shots by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
BOSTON (AP)—Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots for his ninth shutout of the season, and Mark Recchi moved into 12th on the NHL’s career points list as Boston beat Chicago.
Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk scored two minutes 20 seconds apart in the second period to break a scoreless tie, and Recchi assisted on the second goal to give him 1,532 points—one more than Paul Coffey. Nathan Horton made it 3-0 in the third.
It was the 25th shutout of Thomas’ career, and his second in three games. He has allowed just two goals in four games to drop his league-leading goals-against average to 1.96.
Corey Crawford made 31 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Maksim Mayorov had the lone goal in his first NHL shootout, and Columbus’ Steve Mason stopped all three Florida attempts.
Mason stopped Mike Santorelli and Sergei Samsonov to seal the win and end the Blue Jackets’ home losing skid at six and overall slide at four.
Scottie Upshall and Antoine Vermette scored in regulation for Columbus, which also ended a string of six consecutive shootout loss.
Evgeny Dadonov and David Booth had goals for Florida, which lost its sixth in a row.
TORONTO (AP)—Mikhail Grabovski scored in the second period, rookie Nazem Kadri added two assists to help Toronto top Buffalo.
Dion Phaneuf, Darryl Boyce and Clarke MacArthur had the other goals for Toronto. MacArthur also added two assists.
Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Rob Niedermayer scored for Buffalo.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore both scored two goals to lead Tampa Bay past Ottawa.
Steven Stamkos had an empty-net goal, and Simon Gagne had two assists for the Lightning, who have won two in a row after a four-game skid.
Ottawa, last in the Eastern Conference, got goals from Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. The Senators dropped to 6-4-1 over their last 11.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Alex Burrows scored twice in the third period to lead Vancouver over Nashville.
Vancouver clinched the top spot in the Western Conference and set a franchise record with their ninth straight road win.
Mike Fisher scored for Nashville.
Vancouver dominated the game’s third period, outshooting the Predators 14-2.
MONTREAL (AP)—Roman Hamrlik and Mathieu Darche scored 11 seconds apart in the first period to end Montreal’s three-game goal drought.
Hamrlik scored Montreal’s first goal in 10 days at 12:56 in to end a 199-minute, 1-second scoring drought. That goal had not even been announced when Darche made it 2-0 at 13:07.
Carey Price made 27 saves for Montreal, losing a shutout bid 8:35 into the third on a goal by Nik Antropov.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored into an empty net with 1:20 remaining.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored in regulation and in the shootout, helping Minnesota end an eight-game losing streak by beating St. Louis.
Chris Stewart scored twice for the fifth time in 20 games since joining the Blues, who overcame two late penalties that gave the Wild a two-man advantage for the first 1:06 of overtime.
Bouchard and Mikko Koivu beat Jaroslav Halak on the first two rounds of the shootout, and Jose Theodore stopped two of the Blues’ three attempts. Minnesota, which had been outscored 37-12 during the slump that dropped them to 12th in the Western Conference, also tied a franchise record with its 19th road victory.
EDMONTON (AP)—Dustin Brown scored two goals and Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots to record his third shutout of the season in Los Angeles’ victory over last-place Edmonton.
The Kings have won four straight and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
The Oilers (23-42-11) have lost 10 straight, their worst skid since a 13-game slide last season.
Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin was the busier of the two goalies during the scoreless first.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Ilya Bryzgalov had a career-high 44 saves, then made the game-saving pad block in a shootout to preserve Phoenix’s victory over Dallas.
The victory kept Phoenix one point ahead of Los Angeles for fourth in the Western Conference, although the Kings have six games to go to the Coyotes’ four.
The Stars got one point to move into a tie with Calgary for ninth in the West, three points behind eighth-place Chicago.
Both teams scored in the second period.
David Schlemko’s one-timer just after a power play put Phoenix up 1-0 with 7:51 left. Jamie Benn’s 22nd goal of the season, on a power play, tied it with 2:26 remaining.