Brian Campbell scored with 1:05 remaining, leading the Chicago Blackhawks over the Predators 5-3 on Saturday night in Nashville for their seventh consecutive victory.
With their franchise-record eighth road win in a row, the Blackhawks moved one point ahead of the Wild in the Central Division.
Patrick Kane scored twice, including an empty-netter after Campbell's goal, and Jordin Tootoo and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago. Viktor Arvidsson scored twice for Nashville, which has lost two straight.
Washington 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT): Nicklas Backstrom scored on a power play in overtime, and Washington extended its franchise-record home winning streak to 15.
Winnipeg 6, Colorado 1: Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a goal and two assists for the Jets in Winnipeg, and Patrik Laine scored his 32nd goal, tops among NHL rookies.
Ottawa 3, Columbus 2: Zack Smith scored a shorthanded goal for the host Senators, and Viktor Stalberg got his first goal since joining Ottawa in a trade-deadline deal.
Boston 3, New Jersey 2: Ryan Spooner's goal in the third period lifted the host Bruins to their eighth victory in 10 games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.
Montreal 4, N.Y. Rangers 1: Carey Price made 26 saves, and the first-place Canadiens won in New York and extended their winning streak to five.
Edmonton 4, Detroit 3: Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist for the host Oilers. McDavid blazed past a pair of defenders and beat goalie Petr Mrazek on the backhand for his 22nd goal of the season just two minutes into the game.