Sharp lifts Blackhawks to 2-1 shootout win over Penguins
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Sunday.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane also scored in the tiebreaker as the Blackhawks earned their second straight win. They have captured six of a possible eight points through the first half of a season-high eight-game homestand.
Nick Spaling scored in the third period for Pittsburgh, which had won four of five. Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves through overtime, but was unable to stop any of Chicago’s shootout attempts.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the first period to take over the NHL goal-scoring lead and send the Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Ovechkin also set up two goals by Andre Burakovsky. Marcus Johansson got the go-ahead goal at 3:27 of the second period, and Justin Peters made 30 saves in his ninth start of the season.
Andrew Cogliano had two goals and Corey Perry netted his team-high 24th for the two-time defending Pacific Division champion Ducks
In San Jose, Steven Stamkos scored his 30th goal of the season in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning.
Logan Couture and Brent Burns scored for the Sharks, who lost their fifth straight at home and fourth in five games overall.
The St. Louis Blues beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 after Jori Lehtera scored the winning goal in the fifth round of a shootout.
Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis in the shootout, and Brad Boyes converted for Florida. Lehtera beat Roberto Luongo with a shot between the pads.
Jaden Schwartz scored in regulation for the Blues.
Michael Raffl and Matt Read scored for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Ray Emery made 21 saves as the Flyers ended their two-game losing streak in the finale of a four-game road trip.
Raffl scored the winner on a wraparound with 7:15 left in the third period after Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth lost track of the puck behind the net.