Devils 4, Penguins 3, OT
Taylor Hall beat Matt Murray on a breakaway 27 seconds into overtime to lift New Jersey to a victory over Pittsburgh. Hall was all alone when Nico Hischier found him with a long lead pass. Hall then slipped the puck between Murray’s legs for his 33rd goal of the season as New Jersey picked up two vital points in the race for one of the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference. Keith Kincaid made 40 stops for the Devils, who finished a season-high six-game road trip 4-2. Sidney Crosby scored his 25th of the season for Pittsburgh. Brian Dumolin and Phil Kessel scored in the third period as the Penguins erased a two-goal deficit. “We have mental lapses for short periods of time and it’s costing us and you can’t have that this time of year,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.
Canadiens 3, Sabres 0
Antti Niemi stopped 35 shots for his first shutout in 27 months, and Montreal snapped a seven-game road skid with a win over Buffalo. Artturi Lehkonen scored the go-ahead goal by converting a puck that bounced off the end boards 4:56 into the second period. Former Sabres forward Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher then scored empty-net goals 22 seconds apart in the final 1:15 to seal the win.
Blues 4, Canucks 1
Patrik Berglund scored twice and surging St. Louis beat Vancouver for their fourth consecutive victory. Vladimir Tarasenko and Dmitrij Jaskin also scored for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 19 saves in his eighth straight start as the Blues won for the sixth time in seven games. Sam Gagner scored for Vancouver, which has lost eight of nine. Anders Nilsson stopped 21 shots. The Blues swept the season series and have won their last five games against the Canucks.
Jets 3, Ducks 2, OT
Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms 2012-15) scored 3:16 into overtime and Winnipeg edge Anaheim to set a single-season franchise record for points. Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for the Jets (45-19-10), who won their fourth straight to reach the 100-point plateau for the first time. The game was the second straight in which Connor scored the overtime winner. The rookie had both goals in Winnipeg’s 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Scheifele had the second of his two assists in the game on Connor’s shot that beat John Gibson to win it. Blake Wheeler also finished with two assists as the Jets remained unbeaten on their six-game homestand.
Bruins 3, Stars 2
David Pastrnak broke a tie with 12 seconds left and Boston scored three straight goals in the third period to rally past fading Dallas. A scramble followed a faceoff in the Dallas end, and Brad Marchand passed to Pastrnak in front. While falling down, he put the puck past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Tuukka Rask made a season-high 40 saves for the Bruins. Marchand scored Boston’s first goal and also assisted on a short-handed goal by Tim Schaller that tied it midway through the third period. The second-place Bruins won for the first time in three games (1-0-2) to move within four points of Atlantic Division leader Tampa Bay.