COLUMBUS, Ohio – The crowd was roaring on every play, each side kept piling up scoring chances and goaltenders Corey Crawford and Sergei Bobrovsky were trading breath-taking stops.
After a wildly entertaining overtime, though, the Chicago Blackhawks got back to their winning ways.
Patrick Kane set up Johnny Oduyas goal late in the second period and then got the decisive score in the shootout, leading the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
It was pretty intense, Kane said of the end-to-end extra minutes. There were 13 shots total for both teams. It was a pretty interesting overtime, obviously. The goalies made some great saves and it was definitely back and forth.
Crawford stopped 29 shots to help the Blackhawks end a two-game losing streak after they set an NHL record by getting at least a point in each of their first 24 games.
CAPITALS 3, HURRICANES 2: In Raleigh, N.C., Mike Ribeiro scored with 2:16 remaining, to help Washington rally.
Alex Ovechkin and Joey Crabb also scored for the Capitals, who had lost three in a row and entered the night 10 points behind the Hurricanes in the Southeast Division.
PENGUINS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: In Toronto, Pascal Dupuis scored two of Pittsburghs three goals in the third period, and the Penguins stormed back to win their seventh game in a row.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for Pittsburgh (20-8), which defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout in Toronto five days earlier. Craig Adams sealed this win by scoring into an empty net with 10 seconds left.
Tyler Bozak had the lone goal for Toronto (15-12-1). Ben Scrivens made 25 saves.
BRUINS 4, PANTHERS 1: In Boston, Tuukka Rask made 29 saves and Patrice Bergeron scored two goals to lift Boston.
Boston hasnt lost consecutive games in regulation since March 2012.
ISLANDERS 2, LIGHTNING 0: In Tampa, Fla., Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for second shutout this season and 54th overall in the NHL, John Tavares scored his 17th goal to lead New York.
BLUES 3, COYOTES 0: In St. Louis, rookie Jake Allen earned his first NHL shutout, and Chris Stewart scored twice and added an assist to lead St. Louis.
WILD 5, AVALANCHE 3: In St. Paul, Minn., rookie defenseman Jonas Brodins first NHL score highlighted a three-goal second period by Minnesota.