Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 comeback victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Casey DeSmith made 26 saves for the victory, including five stops in overtime plus all three of the Islanders’ attempts in the shootout.
Mathew Barzal gave the Islanders a 3-2 late in the third period before Evgeni Malkin tied it for the Penguins with 18 seconds remaining.
Barzal scored his fifth goal of the season on a tremendous individual effort, manoeuvring the puck around and past defenceman Pierre-Oliver Joseph before beating DeSmith over the shoulder at 13:35.
Casey Cizikas and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves for the Islanders, but couldn’t stop Crosby in the shootout.
Malkin’s tying goal, his third of the season, came with DeSmith pulled for an extra attacker. Bryan Rust and Zach Aston-Reese also scored for the Penguins.
The teams will meet again Saturday night on Long Island.
PANTHERS 5, LIGHTNING 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad and Alex Wennberg each had a goal and an assist and Florida snapped Tampa Bay's winning streak at six games.
Frank Vatrano, Carter Verhaeghe and Brett Connolly also scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves.
Braden Point scored twice for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves. Captain Steven Stamkos sat out because of a lower-body injury
The teams will meet again Saturday night in Sunrise.
JETS 5, SENATORS 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves and Paul Stastny, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler scored second-period goals to help Winnipeg beat Ottawa.
Stastny, DeMelo and Wheeler scored after Hellebuyck stopped 18 shots in a scoreless first period. The Jets improved to 4-0 this season against Ottawa, with the teams set to square off again Saturday night.
Mathieu Perreault and Neal Pionk also scored for Winnipeg. Josh Norris scored for Ottawa.
Ottawa defenceman Artem Zub was out for “precautionary reasons” after an inconclusive COVID-19 test.
BLUE JACKETS 6, BLACKHAWKS 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Boone Jenner, Jack Roslovic, Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Stenlund scored during a wild third period and Columbus stopped Chicago’s three-game winning streak.
Cam Atkinson set a franchise record with his 15th career short-handed goal as Columbus won for the third time in four games. Atkinson also had three assists, Roslovic scored twice and Stenlund had a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets’ first game since centre Mikko Koivu announced his retirement Tuesday.
Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each had a goal and two assists for Chicago. Rookie defencemen Ian Mitchell and Nicolas Beaudin each scored their first NHL goal 56 seconds apart in the second period. Pius Suter also scored.
HURRICANES 5, STARS 3
DALLAS (AP) — Nino Niederreiter broke a tie early in the third period and Carolina beat Dallas for the third time this season.
Niederreiter went in on a breakaway off a long pass from Dougie Hamilton and got goalie Anton Khudobin leaning to the right before scoring to his left. Warren Foegele added a goal in the final minute.
James Reimer made 34 saves, Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho each had a goal and an assist, and Brock McGinn also scored.
Joe Pavelski scored his eighth of the year for Dallas, and Mark Pysyk and Roope Hintz also scored. The Stars have only one win their last seven games since sweeping a four-game homestand to open the season.
The teams will meet again Saturday night.
OILERS 3, CANADIENS 0
MONTREAL (AP) — Mike Smith made 38 saves in his second start of the season for his 40th career shutout in Edmonton's victory over Montreal.
Jujhar Khaira, Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie scored for Edmonton. The Oilers won the final three games on a four-game trip to improve to 8-8-0.
Jake Allen made 28 saves for Montreal. The Canadiens dropped to 8-5-2, losing for the third time in four games — all at home.
PREDATORS 3, RED WINGS 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dante Fabbro scored with 59.2 seconds remaining to lift Nashville past struggling Detroit.
Ryan Ellis and Matt Duchene also scored and Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to help Nashville snap a three-game losing streak.
Robby Fabbri and Marc Staal scored for Detroit The Red Wings have lost 10 of 11.
The Associated Press