Final Score: Montreal 4, Carolina 3 (SO)
Raleigh, NC - Brian Gionta scored the game-winning goal in the third round of the shootout, sending the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center. Gionta, the Canadiens' captain, moved in slowly on Cam Ward, deked once and fired it past the netminder to the glove side for the winner. Lars Eller, Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen lit the lamp in regulation, while Carey Price made 30 saves in net for Montreal. Brandon Sutter and Jiri Tlusty each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who had their two-game winning streak halted. Anthony Stewart also lit the lamp. Ward made 31 saves in defeat.
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)
Uniondale, NY - Danny Briere tied the game late in regulation and won it at the 2:34 mark of overtime as Philadelphia rallied past the New York Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum. Sergei Bobrovsky made two saves while hugging the left post just prior to the winning score. Braydon Coburn cleared the puck out of harm's way and around the end boards to the left wing. Scott Hartnell, who had just exited the box after a hooking minor, then carried up the ice and dished to Briere, who shifted between the circles and scored on a high wrister. Andrej Meszaros and Hartnell also tallied for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game slide. Bobrovsky picked up the win by halting 23 shots. Ilya Bryzgalov got the start but was pulled after allowing three scores on nine shots in the opening 20 minutes. Kyle Okposo scored twice and Michael Grabner once in a three-goal first period for the Islanders, losers in eight of 10. Rick DiPietro surrendered four goals on 33 shots.
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA - Alex Pietrangelo scored with 52.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2. Vladimir Sobotka, positioned along the left boards, slid a pass to the front of the net with time winding down in overtime. Pietrangelo gathered the disc and went forehand to backhand before flipping the puck into the net. Scott Nichol and Jamie Langenbrunner also lit the lamp for the Blues, who snapped a two-game skid. Brian Elliott made 31 saves to improve to 8-1-0 on the year. Steve Sullivan and James Neal scored for the Penguins, who have lost three of four. Sidney Crosby had two shots in his second game back from concussion-related symptoms. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 40-of-43 shots.
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Columbus 1 (SO)
Newark, NJ - Martin Brodeur stopped 35 shots and turned aside two more in the shootout, helping the Devils edge the Blue Jackets, 2-1, at Prudential Center. Ilya Kovalchuk went first in the shootout and scored on a snap shot. After Brodeur stopped Rick Nash, Zach Parise faked a forehand to draw Columbus goaltender Curtis Sanford out of position, then put a backhander in net. That forced the remaining two Blue Jackets shooters to score, but Brodeur stymied Mark Letestu to secure the win. Dainius Zubrus scored in the second period for New Jersey, which has won five consecutive games against Columbus. It hasn't lost in the series since December 11, 2005. Sanford turned aside 23 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had won their last two games. Jared Boll netted a tip-in 6:01 into the third to tie the game.
Final Score: Florida 2, NY Rangers 1
Sunrise, FL - Can you name the top goal-scorer among defenseman in the NHL? Not many people would guess Jason Garrison. Garrison potted his eighth goal of the season and the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers edged the New York Rangers, 2-1, on Wednesday night. Kris Versteeg also lit the lamp for the Panthers, who got 19 saves from Jose Theodore. Florida has won three straight games -- all at home, all by one goal and all in regulation. Derek Stepan had the lone Ranger tally, while Henrik Lundqvist was stellar in defeat, finishing with 36 saves. New York has dropped two straight on the heels of a seven-game win streak.
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Nashville 2
St. Paul, MN - Cal Clutterbuck netted the eventual game- winning goal in the third period and Josh Harding stopped 23 shots as the Minnesota Wild held off the Nashville Predators, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center. Kyle Brodziak and Dany Heatley scored, while Mikko Koivu added a pair of assists for the Wild, who have won five consecutive games and improved to an NHL-best 13-5-3 this season. Jordin Tootoo had a goal and an assist, while Ryan Suter netted the other goal for Nashville, which has dropped three straight games.
Final Score: Dallas 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)
Dallas, TX - Steve Ott netted the game-winner at 2:56 of overtime as Dallas rallied past Los Angeles, 3-2, at American Airlines Center. Just prior to the deciding score, Mike Ribeiro took a hit which enabled Stephane Robidas to swoop in and collect the puck. He moved into the Kings zone and slid a pass to the left wing where Ott was able to tap it home. Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson scored third-period goals for the Stars, who have won two in a row after losing five straight. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22-of-24 shots for the victory. Mike Richards and Kevin Westgarth provided the offense for the Kings, who have lost two of three. Jonathan Quick took the loss despite 35 saves.
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Anaheim 2
Glendale, AZ - Radim Vrbata tallied twice for the second time in three games, leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-2 victory over the sliding Ducks in the opener of a three-game homestand. Vrbata posted two goals in Saturday's 4-2 victory at Buffalo, and his pair Wednesday gave him 11 for the season. The forward has scored in bunches, recording four multi-goal games. Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson both had a goal and assist for Phoenix, which scored four consecutive goals to build a large lead and got 19 saves from Mike Smith. Corey Perry and Saku Koivu lit the lamp for Anaheim, which has lost five in a row and 11 of 12. Jonas Hiller allowed four goals on 29 shots.