Blackhawks cool off Stars with OT win
CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks seemed a step behind the streaking Dallas Stars much of Sunday night before finding a way to come out ahead.
Patrick Sharp scored 1 minute, 17 seconds into overtime to give Chicago a 5-4 victory that broke the Stars' four-game winning streak.
"Probably not our best team game in a while," Sharp said, "but to come back and win against a division rival, it definitely feels good."
Sharp took Duncan Keith's feed from the left point and beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot that slipped between the goalie's body and his blocker. That was the only time the Blackhawks led in the contest; Chicago overcame four-one goal deficits and uncharacteristic defensive breakdowns.
"We can point the finger at ourselves for allowing those deficits in the first place," Sharp said.
Brad Richards fooled Lehtonen with an improbable sharp-angle shot with 3:57 left in the third period for the tying goal.
Erik Cole had two goals and an assist for the Stars. Jamie Benn and his brother, Jordie, also scored for Dallas.
"I thought we deserved better, and 5-on-5 I thought we had the edge in the game," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought the last 40 minutes, our pace was better than theirs.
"Against their speed, I thought we did a good job."
Even with the loss, the Stars are 8-1-1 in their past 10.
"We're playing pretty solid right now," said Dallas' Alex Goligoski, a former Gopher who had two assists. "Just have to find better ways to lock those down."
•LONG SHOT GOES IN: David Savard blasted in a shot from just inside the blue line at 18:59 of the third period, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 for their fifth victory in their past six road games. Brandon Dubinsky scored a pair of goals for the Blue Jackets. Colorado scored its quickest goal of the season when Jarome Iginla intercepted a wayward pass by Savard in the Blue Jackets' zone and wristed a shot past Curtis McElhinney 30 seconds into the game. Iginla has 53 points in 50 career games against the Blue Jackets.
•FRIENDLY HOME ICE: Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the host Washington Capitals, who won 4-3 over the Florida Panthers.Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner added second-period goals for Washington, which has won 10 consecutive home games against the Panthers. Nick Bjugstad had a goal and an assist for Florida.
• TASTE OF VICTORY: Matt Hendricks scored a pair of goals and the Edmonton Oilers topped the visiting New York Islanders 5-2. Jordan Eberle, Derek Roy and Matt Fraser also scored for the Oilers, who won for only the third time in their past 25 games. Edmonton, however, improved to 2-0-2 in its past four games since interim head coach Todd Nelson took sole possession of the Oilers' coaching duties.
•LIGHTNING COMES THROUGH: Tyler Johnson had two goals in leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Senators captain Erik Karlsson took a double minor in the closing minutes, for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct.
•SHOOTOUT SQUEAKER: Eric Staal scored the only goal in the shootout for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 victory over Boston in Raleigh, N.C. Former Bruin Anton Khudobin, who got the start in goal for Carolina in place of Cam Ward, stopped Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug in the shootout.
•WORKHORSE GOES DOWN: The San Jose Sharks placed center Joe Thornton on the injured list because of an upper-body injury. Thornton will miss at least the next two games, in Monday at Winnipeg and Tuesday in Minnesota. Thornton's streak of 319 consecutive games played ended when he sat out Saturday against St. Louis.