SAN JOSE, Calif. – Benoit Pouliot scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout, and the Boston Bruins rallied from two different two-goal deficits for their 10th straight win, a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Tyler Seguin had a goal and assist, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins.
Tim Thomas finished with 31 saves for Boston (13-7-0) in the first meeting between the teams since Milan Lucic bowled over Sabres goalie Ryan Miller 11 days ago. Miller sustained a concussion on the play, and is still sidelined.
The Sabres didn’t go after Lucic at the time, but Paul Gaustad and Lucic squared off just 83 seconds into this one, with Lucic landing several rights to Gaustad’s head and body.
It is the Bruins’ first 10-game winning streak since Dec. 12 to Jan. 1, 2009.
T.J. Brennan scored his first NHL goal in his first game, and Christian Ehrhoff and Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres (12-8-1), who lost their second straight.
Jhonas Enroth finished with 36 saves in making his fifth straight start since Miller was injured.
BLUES 3, PENGUINS 2, OT
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Alex Pietrangelo beat Marc-Andre Fleury with less than a minute to go in overtime to lift St. Louis past the Penguins in Sidney Crosby’s second game back from concussion-related symptoms.
Crosby went scoreless and the Blues won despite blowing a pair of one-goal leads.
Scott Nichol and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for the Blues. Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots.
James Neal scored his 13th goal of the season for Pittsburgh and Steve Sullivan collected his third. Fleury made 40 saves for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh failed to play with the electricity that highlighted Crosby’s season-debut in a win over the New York Islanders on Monday.
Crosby played more than 18 minutes and spent an additional six in the penalty box.
WILD 3, PREDATORS 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Dany Heatley, Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals, Josh Harding made 23 saves and the Minnesota won its fifth straight.
Heatley scored at 1:05 of the period for his sixth goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Brodziak got his fifth of the season on a power play at 9:39. And Clutterbuck capped the run with his fifth of the season, a short-handed goal at 13:19 of the period.
Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo opened the scoring with his second goal at 5:21 of the season. Ryan Suter added a power-play goal to cut it to 3-2 at 13:57.
Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators.
CANADIENS 4, HURRICANES 3, SO
RALEIGH, N.C (AP)—Brian Gionta scored the lone goal in the shootout for Montreal.
The Canadiens rallied from a two-goal deficit after Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty and Anthony Stewart scored first-period goals.
Montreal tied the game by getting a short-handed goal from Lars Eller at 9:06 of the second period and then the Canadiens tied it at 2-2 when Michael Cammalleri tipped in a pass from Josh Gorges 27 seconds into the third period.
Brandon Sutter’s goal at 3:18 of the third gave Carolina a brief 3-2 lead, but Travis Moen evened the score again when picked up his 100th career point.
RED WINGS 5, FLAMES 3
DETROIT (AP)—Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula scored 1:14 apart late in the third period to break a tie and give the Red Wings the win.
Tomas Holmstrom had two power-play goals, Datsyuk added two assists and Ian White had a goal and two assists for Detroit. Nicklas Lidstrom and Jiri Hudler had two assists apiece and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves.
Jarome Iginla, Brendan Morrison, Olli Jokinen scored for Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 25 shots.
PANTHERS 2, RANGERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Jason Garrison and Kris Versteeg scored and Jose Theodore stopped 19 shots to lead Florida to its third straight win.
Derek Stepan scored his fourth goal for New York, which lost a second straight game following a seven-game winning streak. Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves.
Tomas Fleischmann had two assists for the Panthers, who have won four of five and are 6-2-3 in their last 11 games.
Versteeg, who scored twice in Florida’s 4-3 win over New Jersey on Monday night, has seven goals and six assists over his last 13 games.
DEVILS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1, SO
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Martin Brodeur stopped 35 shots and made two more saves in the shootout to lead New Jersey to beat Columbus.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored in the shootout for the Devils and Brodeur made those shots stand up by making a glove save on Rick Nash and a body save on Mark Letestu to ice the win.
Dainius Zubrus, who was honoured before the game for becoming the 267th player to appear in 1,000 NHL games, tallied for New Jersey in the second period.
Tough-guy Jared Boll had tied the game in the third period for Columbus with his first of the season.
FLYERS 4, ISLANDERS 3, OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game at 2:34 of overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a come-from-behind victory over the Islanders.
Andrej Meszaros and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia, which snapped a two-game skid and handed the Islanders their eighth loss in 10 games.
Kyle Okposo scored his first two goals of the season and Michael Grabner scored for New York. Okposo’s first goal ended the Islanders scoreless drought at 142 minutes, 17 seconds.
CAPITALS 4, JETS 3, OT
WASHINGTON (AP)—Jason Chimera scored his second goal of the game at 1:52 of overtime, and the Capitals ended Winnipeg’s three-game winning streak.
Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for the Capitals, who have won two straight.
Andrew Ladd, Kyle Wellwood and Bryan Little scored for the Jets.
The Capitals had lost their past four games against Winnipeg, going back to last season when the team was in Atlanta.
STARS 3, KINGS 2, OT
At Dallas, Steve Ott scored at 2:56 of overtime, Loui Eriksson had the tying goal in the final minute of regulation and the Stars rallied to beat Los Angeles.
With the teams even at two, Stephane Robidas skated into the Kings zone and flipped a centring pass to Ott, who went hard to the net up the left side and fired a shot past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Eriksson tied it with 20.3 seconds left in regulation off a set play after a timeout.
Jamie Benn added a goal for the Stars, who’ve won two straight after losing five in a row.
Mike Richards stretched his goal-scoring streak to five games and Quick stopped 35 shots for the Kings.
COYOTES 4, DUCKS 2
At Phoenix, Radim Vrbata scored a pair of goals and the Coyotes beat the reeling Anaheim Ducks, losers of 12-of-14 games.
Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored for the Coyotes, who have won four of six.
Vrbata has five goals in his past three games and a team-high 11 overall.
Saku Koivu had his second goal in as many games and Corey Perry scored late for Anaheim.
CANUCKS 3, AVALANCHE 0
At Denver, Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots for his second career shutout, Manny Malhotra and Alexandre Burrows had early goals, and Vancouver extended a run of dominance against the Avalanche.
Ryan Kesler added an empty-net goal at 19:30 of the third to round out the scoring.
The victory was Vancouver’s 10th in the past 12 meetings with Colorado.
Colorado came in as the third-most prolific shooting team in the league, averaging 33.5 shots per game. But the Avalanche were outshot as they struggled to find openings in Vancouver’s defence as well as break through against Schneider.
The loss also extended the Avalanche’s difficulties at home, where they have won only three times in 11 games.
SHARKS 1, BLACKHAWKS 0
At San Jose, Antti Niemi made 34 saves against his former team for his first shutout of the season and Jason Demers broke a scoreless tie late in the second period with his first goal to lead the Sharks to a victory over Chicago.
Niemi was tested often as San Jose was sluggish at the start and also helped kill off a power play late in the third period with a toe save against Jonathan Toews to give the Sharks their fourth straight win and sixth in the past seven games.
Niemi, who helped Chicago knock out San Jose on the way to winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, got the best of his former team in his 14th career shutout. He improved to 4-1 and has allowed only 10 goals in five games against the Blackhawks since signing with the Sharks before last season.
Corey Crawford made 20 saves for Chicago.