ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point scored, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.
Tyler Johnson added an empty-netter as Tampa Bay (22-6-2) earned its fifth straight win. It was Vasilevskiy’s third shutout this season and the seventh of his career.
Jake Allen made 22 saves for St. Louis, which had won four in a row. The Blues (21-9-2) were shut out for the third time at home this season.
DEVILS 5, KINGS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall scored twice and New Jersey ended Los Angeles’ eight-game winning streak.
Travis Zajac, Brian Boyle and Brian Gibbons also scored for the Devils, who snapped a two-game skid. Cory Schneider made 16 saves.
The Kings were beaten for the first time since losing 3-2 in overtime to Arizona on Nov. 24. Their winning streak was the longest in the NHL this season.
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and Washington defeated Colorado for its eighth win in 10 games.
Brett Connolly, Matt Niskanen and Devante Smith-Pelly added third-period goals for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 22 saves. Jakub Vrana scored early, and Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists.
BLACKHAWKS 3, PANTHERS 2, OT
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored 2:24 into overtime and Chicago topped Florida for its third straight win.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews tied it at 2 with 6:02 left in the third period after a terrific pass from Brandon Saad. Toews and Saad each had a goal and an assist. Chicago rookie Alex DeBrincat added two assists.
BLUE JACKETS 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, and Laurent Brossoit stopped 28 shots as Edmonton routed Columbus.
Mark Letestu, Matt Benning and Jesse Puljujarvi each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who chased Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky at the end of the second period.
Brassoit started his seventh game since the injury to No. 1 goalie Cam Talbot last month.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evander Kane, Kyle Okposo and Benoit Pouliot scored in the second period to lead Buffalo past sinking Ottawa.
Rasmus Ristolainen had two assists as the Sabres extended their season-best point streak to four games at 2-0-2. Robin Lehner made 24 saves against his former team.
MAPLE LEAFS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sean Couturier scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:55 left and Philadelphia beat Toronto for its fourth straight victory.
Couturier and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist, and Travis Konecny also scored as the Flyers halted a six-game home losing streak. Scott Laughton added an empty-netter, and Brian Elliott made 20 saves.
FLAMES 1, SO
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored the winning goal in a shootout and Minnesota edged Calgary.
The shootout reached the fifth round before Granlund beat Mike Smith. Alex Stalock stopped Michael Ferland to give Minnesota its third straight victory, the first two coming in overtime.