Blues deal last-minute blow to Winnipeg
ST. LOUIS – Barret Jackman was not thinking top shelf when he got the puck at center ice with just over a minute to play.
But his floating shot somehow eluded Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec and ended up past the goal line with 1:03 left to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-4 victory over the Jets on Tuesday night.
"I was just trying to get the puck in and give our forwards an opportunity," Jackman said. "Their goalie kind of lost track of it. We'll take it anyway we can."
The goal was Jackman's second on the season and first in 36 games.
The Blues (42-19-5, 89 points) moved to within two points of first-place Nashville in the Central Division.
•BATTLE OF LEADERS: Tyler Johnson scored about a minute into overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in a battle between Eastern Conference leaders. Johnson took his own rebound and saw the puck go in off defenseman Tom Gilbert's skate. The Lightning won a fourth straight game and are now one point behind conference-leading Montreal. The 21,000 fans in Montreal were treated to hockey at a frantic pace, but no goals through three periods between two of the Eastern Conference's fastest teams.
•JACKETS STAY HOT: Ryan Johansen had the only goal in the shootout, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 road victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Scott Hartnell had two goals while Rene Bourque added the other for the Blue Jackets. South St. Paul's Justin Faulk had a goal and two assists for Carolina.
•A STARS RARITY: Vernon Fiddler scored the winning goal late in the third period to lift the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Brett Ritchie also scored for the Stars, who won for just the fourth time in their last 38 trips to Philadelphia.
•OKPOSO RETURNS: Rick Nash scored a deflected goal to break a tie 2:50 into the third period, and the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders in their last regular-season visit to Nassau Coliseum 2-1. The Islanders got good news with the return of top-line forward Kyle Okposo, the ex-Gopher who missed 22 games because of eye surgery, but they were without defenseman and fellow ex-Gopher Nick Leddy for the first time this season.