From Canada to Chicago, the Colorado Avalanche have been unbeatable on the road.
Joakim Lindstrom scored the only goal in the shootout and the Avalanche won their sixth straight away from home this season by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Saturday night.
Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves through overtime, then stopped Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the shootout to help Colorado (6-2) extend its record streak of road wins from the start of the season. Colorado’s streak included wins in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. The Avalanche will try to stay perfect in Canada when they face the Flames in Calgary on Wednesday.
Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog’s second goal of the game with 1:48 left in the third period tied it 4-4 and forced overtime. He broke in alone on goalie Corey Crawford after taking a pass from Ryan O’Reilly.
“We know what we have to do on the road to get the win,” Landeskog said. “We stick to our game plan: keep working hard, which makes us successful.
“Everyone was going. Var made some huge saves back there, as usual, and we kept working hard.”
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Washington 7 Detroit 1; Edmonton 2 New York Rangers 0; Toronto 5 Montreal 4 (OT); Vancouver 3 Minnesota 2 (OT); Winnipeg 5 Carolina 3; Ottawa 4 Columbus 3; Nashville 2 Calgary 0; Los Angeles 1 Dallas 0; San Jose 4 Boston 2; Pittsburgh 4 New Jersey 1; St. Louis 4 Philadelphia 2; Tampa Bay 3 Buffalo 0; and Florida 4 New York Islanders 2.
At Chicago, Paul Stastny and David Jones also scored in regulation for the Avalanche, who couldn’t hold a two-goal lead after two periods. Colorado needed late heroics from Landeskog and Lindstrom to improve to 6-0 on the road.
Toews, Jamal Mayers and Marian Hossa scored in the third period as Chicago dominated and pulled ahead. Hossa’s deflection with 5:27 left gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead.
“Any time you can come into this building in Chicago and take two points on the road, it’s certainly a big victory for our team,” Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. “And the way we did it, too. Being down a goal late in the game, and again showing some resiliency.
“Some of the guys we have, they’re feeling pretty good about themselves in the shootout,” he added. “(Landeskog) continues to impress for an 18-year old, continues to develop in the right way.”
Michael Frolik also scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who dropped the second game of a home-and-home set after winning 3-1 in Denver on Thursday.
Despite the Blackhawks’ comeback, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was angry about his team’s defensive play.
“Their four goals were cardinal sins of how we defended,” Quenneville said. “How we played situation plays, that all led to their goals.
“All the plays we talk about daily, we played them poorly,” he added. “Every goal was directly our responsibility. They progressively got worse to me.”
Crawford stopped 20 shots through overtime, and then turned aside Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene in the shootout before Lindstrom faked him out of position for the game-winner.
The Avalanche, who entered with the NHL’s best power play (29.2 per cent), didn’t have a man advantage.
Stastny got credit for the only goal of the first period with 3:50 remaining. Kyle Quincey lobbed a shot through traffic from the left point, and the puck deflected in off Stastny.
Frolik tied it with an unassisted goal 46 seconds into the second period after he picked off Erik Johnson’s clearing attempt from behind the net and whipped it past Varlamov.
Jones’ fluke goal at 7:41 put Colorado ahead. His centring attempt from the side of the net struck Crawford’s stick, popped into the air, rolled over Crawford’s arm and into the net.
Landeskog stretched it to 3-1 with 6:35 left in the period when he bolted to the crease and slammed in O’Reilly’s feed from behind the net.
Toews knocked in a rebound with 55 seconds left in the second for a power-play goal that cut the Blackhawks’ deficit to 3-2.
Mayers was credited with a goal that tied it at 3 at 4:35 of the third. Varlamov stopped Mayers’ drive from the right circle, but the rebound caromed into the slot and bounced in off the left skate of Colorado defenceman Shane O’Brien.
Hossa deflected in a shot by Duncan Keith with 5:27 left in the third to put Chicago ahead 4-3.
The Blackhawks had several good chances on a power play early in overtime. Hejduk hit the post with a wraparound shot in the final seconds.
Capitals 7 Red Wings 1
At Washington, Mike Green had two goals and two assists, Matthieu Perreault added two goals, and the Capitals routed Detroit in a matchup of the NHL’s last remaining unbeaten teams.
Oilers 2 Rangers 0
At Edmonton, Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 19 shots in his 44th NHL shutout, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist as Edmonton beat the road-weary New York Rangers.
Maple Leafs 5 Canadiens 4 (OT)
At Montreal, Mikhail Grabovski scored 1:23 into overtime to give Toronto a win over the Canadiens.
Canucks 3 Wild 2 (OT)
At Vancouver, Sami Salo scored on a power play at 4:39 of overtime to lift the Canucks over Minnesota.
Jets 5 Hurricanes 3
At Winnipeg, Andrew Ladd scored and Nik Antropov added a pair of assists to lead the Jets over Carolina.
Senators 4 Blue Jackets 3
At Ottawa, Milan Michalek scored with 4.7 seconds remaining and the Senators won consecutive games for the first time this season by beating Columbus.
Predators 2 Flames 0
At Calgary, Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and 21st in the NHL as Nashville beat the Flames.
Kings 1 Stars 0
At Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick became the first Kings goalie to record three consecutive shutouts and defenceman Jack Johnson scored with 4:58 left in a victory over Dallas.
Sharks 4 Bruins 2
At Boston, Joe Thornton returned to Boston in his 1,001st NHL game for a video tribute and an early assist as San Jose beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins.
Penguins 4 Devils 1
At Pittsburgh, Jordan Staal scored twice to give him 100 NHL goals, James Neal added his league-leading eighth of the season, and the Penguins won their third consecutive game by topping New Jersey.
Blues 4 Flyers 2
At Philadelphia, Kent Huskins and T.J Oshie scored early goals and Brian Elliott was strong in net to lead St. Louis over the Flyers.
Lightning 3 Sabres 0
At Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis scored a nifty goal, Mathieu Garon earned his 20th NHL shutout, and Tampa Bay beat Buffalo.
Panthers 4 Islanders 2
At Sunrise, Fla., Tim Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Jacob Markstrom earned his first NHL victory in relief of Jose Theodore to lift Florida past the New York Islanders.