Wild 2 at Red Wings 3
Marian Hossa scored with 55 seconds left to lift Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, snapping the Red Wings’ three-game losing streak.
Detroit also got a goal and an assist from Pavel Datsyuk, a goal from Jiri Hudler and a pair of assists from Tomas Holmstrom. Chris Osgood made 20 saves.
Cal Clutterbuck had a goal and an assist and Marian Gaborik also scored for the Wild, who are 10th in the Western Conference and saw their playoff chances take a major hit. Niklas Backstrom made 41 saves for Minnesota.
Gaborik tied it with 2:03 left in the second period when he scored his 10th goal from the slot during a goal-mouth scramble, and Hossa scored his 38th — the eventual game-winner — by beating Backstrom from the right circle after taking a pass from Holmstrom.
Avalanche 4 at
T.J Galiardi scored twice, Peter Budaj made 20 saves, and Colorado snapped an eight-game losing streak.
Milan Hejduk had a goal and two assists, and Ben Guite also scored. Pavol Demitra ended Budaj’s shutout bid with 4:38 left.
Thrashers 4 at
Tomas Fleischmann had his first multi-point game in nearly two months, and Washington got goals from six different players to move into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference with a victory over Atlanta.
Fleischmann opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the first period and assisted on Alexander Semin’s tally during the Capitals’ three-goal barrage in the third.
Keith Aucoin, Michael Nylander, Eric Fehr and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals, who lead the New Jersey Devils by two points in the battle for the East’s No. 2 seed. Each team has three games remaining.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 42nd goal, and Colby Armstrong, Jim Slater and Slava Kozlov also scored for the Thrashers.
Penguins 2 at
Bryan McCabe and Rostislav Olesz each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves.
David Booth and Ville Peltonen also scored, and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists to help the Panthers move into a tie with the idle New York Rangers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Florida, vying for its first playoff berth since 2000, has 89 points with three games remaining. The Rangers, who lost 1-0 to Boston on Saturday, hold the edge over Florida because they have one more victory.
Pascal Dupuis and Mark Eaton scored for the Penguins, who needed a victory to clinch a playoff spot. Sidney Crosby traded punches with a Florida player for the second time this season after Panthers defenceman Keith Ballard upended Evgeni Malkin with a low check late in first period. Crosby, who fought Brett McLean during a Jan. 3 game, received a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and a major for fighting.
Blackhawks 1 at
Blue Jackets 0
Kris Versteeg beat fellow rookie star Steve Mason on a breakaway at 3:10 of overtime to give Chicago the victory.
Versteeg ended it with his 22nd goal of the season moments after Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Kris Russell on a breakaway. Khabibulin made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season. Mason stopped 24 shots for the Blue Jackets.
A day after clinching a playoff spot for the first time in seven years, the Blackhawks ran their winning streak to three and snapped a season-high five-game road losing streak. Chicago also moved three points ahead of Vancouver — which faced Colorado later Sunday — for the fourth seed and home ice in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Columbus is sixth in the conference, two points ahead of Anaheim.
Sharks 3 at Ducks 2
Joe Pavelski and Jonathan Cheechoo scored the tying and go-ahead goals on power plays, and San Jose set a franchise record with its 52nd victory.
Jeremy Roenick had his first goal in four months, and backup goalie Brian Boucher stopped 19 shots for the Sharks, three points ahead of Boston for the overall NHL lead.
Petteri Nokelainen scored a short-handed goal for Anaheim, and Corey Perry connected on the power play.