TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning became the first NHL team with 20 wins by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Thursday night.
Stamkos, who entered with one goal and two assists over his previous eight games, got his 12th goal early in the first. He also assisted on Vladislav Namestnikov’s tiebreaking goal at 8:09 of the second and Alex Killorn’s third of the season 4:57 into the third.
SENATORS 3, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Doughty scored 32 seconds into overtime, lifting the Kings to their seventh consecutive victory.
Dustin Brown, Alex Iafallo and Tanner Pearson also scored for Los Angeles, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 35 shots.
The Kings appeared to be on their way to a regulation win, but Ottawa’s Ryan Dzingel tied the game with his ninth of the season in the final seconds of the third.
FLYERS 4, CANUCKS 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Shayne Gostisbehere and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist, helping Philadelphia to the road win.
Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers, who have won three in a row after a 10-game losing streak. Jakub Voracek had three assists.
BRUINS 6, COYOTES 1
BOSTON (AP) — David Backes scored his first two goals of the season, powering the Bruins to the runaway win.
It was Backes’ fourth game back after he missed 12 straight following surgery to remove part of his colon. The veteran forward scored his first goal with Boston on a tip-in 13:54 into the second period and then added another goal with 54 seconds left in the period.
BLUES 3, STARS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Allen made 29 saves and Brayden Schenn continued his strong play, leading St. Louis to the victory.
Schenn got his team-leading 14th goal two days after netting a hat trick against Montreal. Colton Parayko and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting the Penguins to the win.
Pittsburgh led 3-1 in the third period, but the Islanders tied it with goals in the final 4:53. Hunwick ended the game with his third of the season, pushing one in during a scramble in front of the net.
PANTHERS 6, JETS 4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Micheal Haley scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and Florida snapped a three-game skid.
Vincent Trocheck had two goals for the Panthers, and Denis Malgin, Mark Pysyk and Aaron Ekblad also scored. James Reimer made 35 saves.
Patrik Laine had a goal and two assists for the Jets. Blake Wheeler, Adam Lowry and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored. Eric Comrie stopped 30 shots in his second career start.
CANADIENS 2, OT
MONTREAL (AP) — Sean Monahan scored his second goal of the game 1:14 into overtime, lifting the Flames to the road win.
Monahan finished a 2-on-1 break by taking a feed from Johnny Gaudreau and beating Carey Price from the slot.
Garnet Hathaway also scored for Calgary (15-12-2), which was coming off a shootout loss in Toronto on Wednesday night. David Rittich made 35 saves in his second career start.
Daniel Carr and Phillip Danault scored for Montreal (13-13-4). Price stopped 34 shots.