NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brett Connolly sparked a three-goal second period and the Washington Capitals moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson also scored in the second as the defending Stanley Cup champions won for the 10th time in 13 games. Andre Burakovsky got the other goal and backup goalie Pheonix Copley made 20 saves in winning his sixth straight since the All-Star break.
PENGUINS 2, SO
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dougie Hamilton scored in the shootout, Petr Mrazek stopped Pittsburgh cold and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Penguins.
Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in regulation, and Brock McGinn also scored for the Hurricanes.
They won their fourth in five games and earned an important two points in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race — and perhaps just as important, prevented the Penguins from picking up a second point.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi scored goals, Carey Price stopped 32 shots and Montreal earned a win over Philadelphia.
The Canadiens and Flyers are both chasing a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal entered three points behind Columbus for eighth place in the East and the Flyers were six points out with 78.
MAPLE LEAFS 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne shut out Toronto for the second time this season and Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals to give Nashville a win over the Maple Leafs.
Nashville won its third straight and Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games.
Rinne made 22 saves and Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 stops.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Sean Kuraly scored twice and Tuukka Rask earned his 45th career shutout and Boston beat the Islanders.
Noel Acciari, Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk also had goals to help the Bruins win their second straight since a three-game skid that followed their 19-game point streak (15-0-4). Boston has won seven consecutive meetings between the teams — eight in a row in New York.
BLUE JACKETS 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau scored his team-leading 35th goal and Michael Frolik added a goal and an assist and Calgary earned a win over Columbus.
David Rittich made 31 saves to win his fourth start in a row. Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for the Flames and Austin Czarnik had two assists.
STARS 4, PANTHERS 2
DALLAS (AP) — Alexander Radulov had two goals in the third period to lift Dallas over Florida.
Coach Jim Montgomery reunited the Stars’ three top scorers on the first line during the first period. In addition to Radulov’s two goals and an assist, Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists and Tyler Seguin assisted on all four goals.
AVALANCHE 3, WILD 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves to lift Colorado over the Wild in a game that had playoff implications in Minnesota and elsewhere.
Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole scored for Colorado, which won its second straight game.
Minnesota remained one point behind the idle Arizona Coyotes for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, while the Avalanche got within one point of the Wild and two of Arizona.
BLUES 7, OILERS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had three goals and an assist, David Perron added two goals and two assists, and St. Louis routed the Edmonton.
Schwartz scored once in each period for his fourth career hat trick and first since Oct. 18, 2017, against Chicago.
RED WINGS 3,
NEW YORK (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou scored twice and Detroit beat New York.
Frans Nielsen also scored and Taro Hirose recorded an assist during his NHL debut for Detroit, which won its second straight but has already been eliminated from playoff contention.