PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Evgeni Malkin had his ninth career hat trick, Jordan Staal added two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins won for the fifth time in seven games by routing the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 Saturday.
Chris Kunitz, Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis also scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves for Pittsburgh, which has won eight of nine home games and leapfrogged the New Jersey Devils in the crowded middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Malkin added an assist, taking over the NHL scoring lead just ahead of Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, who had tied him with 11 points in his previous four games. Stamkos was held scoreless.
Teddy Purcell scored for the Lightning, who were beaten badly despite a 35-34 advantage in shots on goal. Desperate to climb back into playoff contention, Tampa Bay has lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak.
Malkin had three goals in a game for the third time this season.
AVALANCHE 4, RED WINGS 3
DETROIT (AP)—Gabriel Landeskog had two goals, and Steve Downie added a goal and two assists as Colorado sent Detroit to a second straight home loss after the Red Wings had won 23 straight at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings hadn’t been beaten in regulation in Detroit since Nov. 3. Their winning streak was snapped Thursday night with a shootout loss to Vancouver.
David Jones also scored, Ryan O’Reilly had three assists and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for the Avalanche.
Jiri Hudler had two goals and an assist and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Detroit.
RANGERS 3, SABRES 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP)—Ryan Callahan scored his 100th NHL goal 2:59 into overtime, and the Rangers beat Buffalo to snap a rare losing streak.
Callahan took a pass from defenceman Ryan McDonagh and broke in alone. He flipped a shot over goalie Ryan Miller’s shoulder for his career-best 24th goal of the season. New York was 0-1-1 in its previous two games, its first losing streak since mid-December.
The Rangers got tying goals from Carl Hagelin in the second period, and Marian Gaborik in the third. New York (39-15-6) has an Eastern Conference-leading 84 points.
Drew Stafford scored both goals for the Sabres (27-27-8), who are 11th in the East.
BRUINS 5, SENATORS 3
OTTAWA (AP)—Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist to help Boston move five points ahead of the Senators in the Northeast Division with three games in hand.
David Krejci, Carter Camper and Brad Marchand had the other goals for Boston (37-20-3), and Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots to extend his unbeaten streak at Scotiabank Place to nine games.
Daniel Alfredsson led the way for Ottawa (32-23-8) with two goals, while Erik Karlsson had the other as the Senators snapped a four-game win streak.
Alex Auld faced 37 shots in place of Craig Anderson, who is out indefinitely after cutting his hand Wednesday.
COYOTES 3, OILERS 1
EDMONTON (AP)—Mike Smith stopped 21 shots for his 10th straight victory and Phoenix beat the Oilers to move into sole possession of first place in the Pacific division.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ray Whitney and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who won their fifth straight to jump two points ahead of San Jose. The division lead could have proven brief, but the Sharks lost 6-2 at Nashville on Saturday night.
Martin Hanzal added two assists as Phoenix improved to 10-0-1 in February.
Whitney’s goal was his 12th point in his last seven games against the Oilers, a team he served as stickboy for as a kid.
PREDATORS 6, SHARKS 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Shea Weber scored two goals to lead the Predators over San Jose.
Colin Wilson, Kevin Klein, Martin Erat and Nick Spaling also scored for Nashville, which has won three of its last four. The Predators also won their 16th in the last 20 home games.
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for Nashville to record a new career high in wins with 34.
Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose. The Sharks fell to 2-5-1 on their season-high nine-game road trip and trail Nashville by two points in the Pacific.
Thomas Greiss made 11 saves for the Sharks after replacing Antti Niemi, who stopped four of the seven shots he faced.
KINGS 4, BLACKHAWKS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Dustin Brown scored three goals and matched his career high with four points, and Jonathan Quick earned his NHL-leading seventh shutout as the Kings beat Chicago.
After two first-period, power-play goals, Brown completed his natural hat trick with a short-handed goal less than five minutes into the second. The Los Angeles captain’s third career hat trick and Quick’s 19 saves overshadowed Jeff Carter’s solid debut with the Kings, who snapped a four-game skid with their third victory in 11 games.
Defenceman Willie Mitchell added a goal and an assist.
Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 10 shots before leaving for the Blackhawks.
BLUES 3, JETS 2, SO
WINNIPEG (AP)—David Perron scored the winner in the shootout to lift St. Louis to a win over Winnipeg.
Perron moved in on Chris Mason in the fourth round and roofed a backhander, ruining the Jets’ rally from a two-goal deficit.
Perron and David Backes scored in regulation for St. Louis, which led 2-0 after the opening period despite getting outshot 16-6. Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves to pick up the win.
Blake Wheeler had two goals for Winnipeg and Mason made 14 saves.
Neither team had a shot on goal in overtime.
CAPITALS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TORONTO (AP)—Alexander Semin and Jeff Halpern scored, and Alex Ovechkin picked up a pair of assists to lead Washington over the Maple Leafs.
Marcus Johansson and Keith Aucoin also scored for the Capitals, who carried a 4-0 lead into the final period. Michael Neuvirth had 28 saves for Washington.
Colby Armstrong and Tim Connolly scored third-period goals as Toronto lost its fourth straight overall and fourth in a row on home ice—earning plenty of boos from the Air Canada Centre crowd.
James Reimer stopped 32 shots for the Maple Leafs.
PANTHERS 3, HURRICANES 2, SO
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Stephen Weiss scored the winning goal in the third round of the shootout, lifting Florida over Carolina.
Wojtek Wolski, obtained in a trade from the Rangers earlier, scored the tying goal for Florida with 1:47 left in the third after Tomas Fleischmann cut the deficit to 2-1 at 13:58.
Justin Faulk and Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation for Carolina, which has dropped two consecutive games in shootouts. The Hurricanes are 0-6 in the tiebreaker this season. Faulk has three goals, all on the power play, in five games.
Jose Theodore made 26 saves for the Panthers, who are 1-3-1 in their past five games.
FLYERS 5, FLAMES 4, SO
CALGARY—Scott Hartnell scored twice, and Matt Read had the shootout winner as Philadelphia rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Flames.
Read ended the game in the fifth round with a shot that beat Miikka Kiprusoff just inside the goal post.
Jakub Voracek and Braydon Coburn also scored in regulation for Philadelphia (34-20-7), which vaulted over New Jersey into fourth place in the East.
Mark Giordano, Matt Stajan, Tom Kostopoulos and Alex Tanguay had goals for Calgary (28-23-11), which got 41 saves from Kiprusoff through overtime. The Flames scored at even strength, on a power play, shorthanded, and with a penalty shot.
The Flames dropped to 11th in the West.