NHL: Oilers grab tough win
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Jordan Eberle and Linus Omark – making his NHL debut – scored in a shootout and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped both Tampa Bay attempts in the tiebreaker to give the Edmonton Oilers their fifth victory in six games, 4-3 over the Lightning on Friday night.
Eberle opened the shootout by beating Dan Ellis with a wrist shot after a series of high-speed dekes, and Omark ended it in the third round, spinning around in the high slot, faking a slap shot and firing a snap shot through Ellis’ legs. Khabibulin stopped Marc-Antoine Pouliot’s backhander in the first round, then caught Lightning star Steven Stamkos’ close-range slap shot in the second.
Khabulin made 38 saves in regulation and overtime. Tampa Bay outshot Edmonton 17-1 in the third.
Stamkos tied it midway through the third, ending a six-game goal drought with his 22nd of the season.
Ryan Malone and Randy Jones also scored in regulation for the Lightning.
Rookie Taylor Hall scored his 10th goal for Edmonton, and Magnus Paajarvi and Tom Gilbert added goals.
Red Wings 4, Canadiens 2
DETROIT (AP) – Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard made 36 saves to help Detroit beat Montreal in a matchup between Original Six rivals.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Patrick Eaves also scored for Western Conference-leading Detroit. Howard made a spectacular glove save while flat on his back on P.K. Subban’s shot off a rebound with 2:39 left.
Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for Montreal. Carey Price stopped 28 shots.
Avalanche 4, Thrashers 2
ATLANTA (AP) – Milan Hejduk gave Colorado the lead 42 seconds into the third period, and Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots to help Colorado end a five-game road losing streak.
Tomas Fleischmann and Greg Mauldin also scored and the Avalanche ended the Thrashers’ home winning streak at six. Niclas Bergfors and Bryan Little scored for Atlanta.
Stars 2, Hurricanes 1, SO
DALLAS (AP) – Brad Richards converted in the second round of the shootout, and James Neal scored in regulation for Dallas.
Richards got the puck past Cam Ward after a series of head fakes, and Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft denied Eric Staal in the third round to secure the extra point. With No. 1 goalie Lehtonen out with lower back stiffness, Raycroft made 22 saves. Raycroft also is expected to start Saturday night at Phoenix.
Jiri Tlusty scored in regulation for Carolina.
Ducks 2, Flames 2, SO
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Jonas Hiller made 37 saves, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist, and Anaheim beat Calgary in a shootout for its 12th straight home victory over the Flames.
Dan Sexton also scored for the Ducks.
Olli Jokinen and David Moss scored third-period goals for Calgary. The Flames have won only once in their last 22 games at Anaheim, including three ties.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored in the tiebreaker for Anaheim. Calgary’s Rene Bourque had a chance to extend it to a fourth round, but Hiller thwarted him to put a damper on Bourque’s 29th birthday.
Senators 3, Devils 2
OTTAWA (AP) – Milan Michalek and Jarkko Ruutu scored for Ottawa 2:16 apart midway through the second, spoiling Martin Brodeur’s return to New Jersey’s lineup.
Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist and Pascal Leclaire stopped 29 shots for Ottawa.
Brodeur made 26 saves in his first appearance in eight games following a right elbow injury. Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus had power-play goals for New Jersey. The Devils have lost four straight.