Wild, Canadiens, Maple Leafs all on the winners list - Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
A bumper Tuesday night of action saw a stack of games take place, with the Maple Leafs strong peformance against the Panthers leading the highlights.
Wild 4, Blackhawks 1
The Minnesota Wild scored twice in the third period and continued their regular-season mastery of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Paced by late goals from Jared Spurgeon and Erik Haula, the Wild won 4-1 on Tuesday night and have swept their five games against the Blackhawks this season.
Canadiens 4, Red Wings 3
Max Pacioretty's second goal of the night mid-way through the third period lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Paul Byron and Sven Andrighetto also scored for Montreal.
Maple Leafs 5, Panthers 2
Nazem Kadri had a hat-trick, including two power-play goals with the man advantage nearly expired, as the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs surprised the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center.
Florida suffered what could be a damaging injury when centre Vincent Trocheck, trying to block a shot, took a puck off his right foot and left game after the second period.
Penguins 5, Sabres 4 (shootout)
Kris Letang and Phil Kessel converted Pittsburgh's only two shots of the shootout and the Penguins came back from a three-goal deficit in the first period to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Letang, the Penguins' never-leave-the-ice defenseman, converted by going five-hole against goalie Chad Johnson (42 saves) after playing a career-high 35 minutes, 14 seconds.
Islanders 2, Hurricanes 1 (shootout)
Kyle Okposo scored the only goal of the shootout on Tuesday night as the New York Islanders helped their position in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Barclays Center.
With their second overtime or shootout victory over the Hurricanes in as many games, the Islanders (41-25-9) moved four points ahead of the idle Philadelphia Flyers in the race for the Eastern Conference's first wild card.
Devils 2, Bruins 1
Travis Zajac and Reid Boucher scored power-play goals as the New Jersey Devils damaged the Boston Bruins' playoff hopes with a 2-1 victory at Prudential Center on Tuesday night.
The Bruins have 88 points, one more than the Detroit Red Wings, who were still in action Tuesday. The teams are fighting for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Stars 5, Predators 2
Radek Faksa, Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp also scored for Dallas (46-22-9).
Blues 3, Avalanche 1
Troy Brouwer and Vladimir Tarasenko scored 2:58 apart in the second period to send the St. Louis Blues to their fifth consecutive win Tuesday night, a 3-1 victory over Colorado that dealt a major blow to the Avalanche's playoff hopes.
The victory kept the Blues tied with the Dallas Stars for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference with five games left in the regular season.