Sundqvist scores twice, Blues beat Lightning 4-3
Zach Sanford and Brayden Schenn scored in the third period and Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Ivan Barbashev had three assists after going six games without a point.
Sundqvist left in the second with a lower-body injury.
After Sanford scored the tiebreaker from the right circle at 8:21 of the third, Schenn made it 4-2 at 11:07 on the power play shortly after a 5-on-3 ended.
Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and set up the winner for the Flames, still playing without embattled coach Bill Peters. TJ Brodie also had a goal and an assist, and David Rittich stopped 34 shots as Calgary improved to 2-0-1 in its past three games, and with associate coach Geoff Ward behind the bench.
Peters has been accused of using racists slurs against a Nigerian-born player 10 years ago while the two were in the minors with the Chicago Blackhawks. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour on Wednesday backed another former player’s allegation that Peters kicked and punched players on the bench during his time as Carolina coach.
Peters acknowledged using offensive language in dealing with forward Akim Aliu in writing a letter of apology addressed to Flames general manager Brad Treliving, and obtained by TSN, a Canadian sports cable network.
Without specifically referencing the words he used, Peters wrote his comments to Aliu were the source of both anger and disappointment in the letter posted on Twitter during the third period. Peters added the incident was made in a moment of frustration and did not reflect his personal values.
Peters said he regretted the incident and apologized to anyone negatively affected by it.
The letter was released while Peters is away from the team as the Flames and the NHL conduct an investigation into the matter.
In overtime, Nate Schmidt intercepted Calle Jarnkrok’s pass and went in on a 2-on-0 break on Nashville goalie Juuse Saros. Schmidt fed a cross-ice pass to Stastny, who buried a one-timer for the winner.
Mika Zibanejad scored in his return after missing 13 games with an upper body injury. Brendan Smith also had a goal and Artemi Panarin added two assists to help the Rangers build a 3-0 lead in the first period and improve to 9-4-1 in their last 14 games.
Panarin has at least one point in 15 of the last 16 games.
Frederik Andersen made 25 saves for his 17th career shutout.
Detroit has lost seven straight (0-5-2) and was shut out for the second consecutive game. The Red Wings have not scored in 156:28 and have allowed 13 straight goals since Taro Hirose scored in the second period of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to New Jersey.
Jimmy Howard made eight saves for Detroit before limping off the ice with trainer Piet Van Zant after Tavares’ goal halfway through the first period made it 3-0. Backup goalie Jonathan Bernier was not on the bench because he was ill, but took over for Howard after a delay that lasted more than five minutes. Bernier finished with 40 saves.
The Maple Leafs led 2-0 before the game was three minutes old.
Evgeni Malkin scored twice and had three assists, and Jake Guentzel had two goals and two assists. Guentzel, on a three-game scoring streak, has 14 goals this season and six goals and 12 points during a six-game point streak.
Elias Pettersson scored his 11th of the season and his goal in eight games for Vancouver. J.T Miller and Adam Gaudette each had two goals and Jake Virtanen scored his seventh for the Canucks, who have three wins in their last 12 games. Demko made 32 saves.
Marchand tied it at 5:15 of the third with his 18th goal and Chara gave the Bruins the lead at 8:45.
Ottawa has lost back-to-back games after winning three straight.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lars Eller broke a third-period tie and Washington defeated Florida to stop a two-game skid despite posting a season-low 20 shots.
Alex Ovechkin added his team-leading 16th goal in the first period for the Metropolitan Division leaders, who have yet to lose three straight this season.
Brett Connolly scored his team-leading 12th goal for Florida in his return against his former team, but the Panthers sank to a third consecutive loss.
Vincent Trochek scored and had an assist, and Mike Hoffman added his 10th goal in the Panthers’ second one-goal loss to the Capitals this season.
Scott Laughton had his first goal after a 13-game absence due to a broken finger, and Tyler Pitlick also scored to help the Flyers win their second straight and beat the Blue Jackets on the road for just the second time in 15 visits. Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots.
Philadelphia was shut down on its first four power plays before Sony Milano’s interference penalty gave the Flyers another chance with 4:45 left in the second period.
Nazem Kadri, Logan O’Connor and Matt Nieto also scored for the Avalanche, who unleashed a season-high 50 shots on goal against Mikko Koskinen. The Oilers had 30 fewer shots, getting their lone goal from Jujhar Khaira.
O’Connor capped the third-period surge at 5:37 with a backhand that beat Koskinen for his first NHL goal.
Winnipeg got two goals in each of the first two periods to open a comfortable lead and slow down the Sharks, who had won 10 of 11 to begin a climb up the Pacific Division standings.
The Jets came in with the league’s 29th-ranked penalty-kill unit, but held the Sharks scoreless on seven power plays.
KINGS 4, ISLANDERS 1
It was the second straight regulation defeat for the Islanders after setting a franchise record by earning a point in 17 straight games (15-0-2).
- Anaheim Ducks
- Calgary Flames
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Los Angeles Kings
- Nashville Predators
- New York Rangers
- Oskar Sundqvist
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Vancouver Canucks
- Vegas Golden Knights
- Washington Capitals
- Winnipeg Jets