Stars score twice in final 15 seconds to steal game in Nashville
Evgeni Dadonov also scored in the third period as Dallas improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games. Scott Wedgewood made 19 saves.
The Stars became the first team in NHL history to secure a victory after scoring a tying and go-ahead goal in the final 15 seconds of regulation.
Elsewhere in the NHL on Saturday:
CANUCKS 7 SHARKS 5
VANCOUVER, B.C. (AP) — Andrei Kuzmenko got an early gift for the holidays after being restored to Vancouver's top line and thanked his coaches by scoring two goals in a win over San Jose.
Nils Aman, Sam Lafferty, Dakota Joshua, Pius Suter and Quinn Hughes each added a goal to secure the victory for the Canucks, who head into the NHL Christmas break leading the league and Western Conference with 49 points.
Thatcher Demko stopped 21 shots for Vancouver.
PANTHERS 4 GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (Ap) — Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart scored power-play goals 1:59 apart in the third period, and Florida went into its Christmas break by topping Vegas in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup final.
Mark Stone and Pavel Dorofeyev scored for Vegas, which topped Florida in five games last spring for the Cup. The Golden Knights matched a season-worst by losing their third straight and are just 10-9-4 following an 11-0-1 start to their title defence.
Jiri Patera stopped 38 shots for Vegas.
RANGERS 4 SABRES 3 (OT)
Kreider picked up his 17th goal of the season after Shesterkin denied Buffalo’s Casey Mittlestadt on a breakaway in OT. Kreider also had an assist, giving him five in his last three games.
WILD 3 BRUINS 2
Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves for career win No. 550, one shy of tying Patrick Roy for the second-most in NHL history.
Pastrnak scored on the power-play early in the first for his 20th tally of the season. He is the sixth player in franchise history to reach the 20-goal mark in eight consecutive seasons.
AVALANCHE 4 COYOTES 1
The Avalanche have won three of four heading into the NHL’s holiday break.
KINGS 5 FLAMES 3
ISLANDERS 5 HURRICANES 4
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Anders Lee had a goal and two assists to lead New York over Carolina.
Ilya Sorokin stopped 36 shots for the Islanders, who head into the Christmas break with at least a point in 11 of their past 12 games.
LIGHTNING 2 CAPITALS 1 (SO)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Hedman scored the shootout winner and Tampa Bay outlasted Washington.
The Lightning have now won three straight games to gain traction in the Atlantic Division race. Though Washington’s three-game winning streak came to an end, the Capitals secured a point for the fourth straight game to remain in Wild Card position going into the holiday break.
MAPLE LEAFS 4 BLUE JACKETS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Auston Matthews added to his torrid stretch with two goals and an assist, and Toronto beat Columbus.
Matthews scored for the seventh consecutive game. He has 12 goals during the streak, running his NHL-leading total to 28 on the season.
William Nylander had a short-handed goal and two assists, extending his point streak to 11 games while helping Toronto stop a two-game slide. John Tavares also scored, and Maple Leafs goaltender Martin Jones made 27 saves.
Columbus lost centre Sean Kuraly with 18.3 seconds left in the first period after he suffered an abdominal injury and was helped to the locker room. The period was suspended and the remaining time was played just prior to the start of the second.
The Blue Jackets said the injury did not appear to be serious, but Kuraly was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
DEVILS 3 RED WINGS 2
SENATORS 5 PENGUINS 4 (OT)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Tim Stutzle scored 70 seconds into overtime and Ottawa snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Pittsburgh.
Martin took over behind the bench on an interim basis when the Senators fired D.J. Smith on Monday. He also coached the team for nine seasons from 1995-96 through 2003-04.
BLUES 7 BLACKHAWKS 5
KRAKEN 3 DUCKS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Vince Dunn had a goal and two assists, Tomas Tatar scored his second goal since joining Seattle last week, and the Kraken overcame a late lacrosse-style goal scored by Trevor Zegras for a victory over Anaheim.
Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored and Joey Daccord made 32 saves for the Kraken, who have earned points in six straight games, including three consecutive road games. Tatar added an assist in his second multi-point performance in his first four games with the team, and Matty Beniers had two assists.
Frank Vatrano scored his 15th goal and Lukas Dostal stopped 19 shots for the Ducks, who have lost 15 of 18. Anaheim improved greatly on what coach Greg Cronin described as its worst game of the season in Thursday’s shutout loss to Calgary, but still dropped to 0-2-0 to begin an eight-game homestand.
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