Mattias Janmark has good days and bad days in his return from an unusual knee injury.
This one was pretty nice.
Janmark scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night for their third consecutive victory.
"We played 55 good minutes [Thursday], which is a good sign, and we competed," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Competed like heck. We deserved to win and you know for me we're trying to build something, but you build it through the really tough times at the start of the year."
Janmark made his NHL debut in 2015 and had 15 goals and 14 assists in 73 games during his rookie season. But the Swedish forward missed all of last year because of a joint disorder in which the bone underneath the cartilage dies because of reduced blood flow, contributing to Dallas' tumble down the standings.
He looked just fine against Chicago, stuffing home a wraparound in the first period and beating Corey Crawford with a little wrist shot over the goaltender's right shoulder in overtime.
"It's a constant struggle with all the games," Janmark said. "Sometimes you feel great and then sometimes you go through a couple games where you don't feel as great, so I think it's going to take some time and I'm probably going to go up and down a little bit more, but I think overall I've been able to play on a good level."
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 1-1-1 in a seven-day stretch with five games.
Toronto 6, Edmonton 4: Oilers defenseman Kris Russell fired the puck into his own net while trying to clear it late in the third period, handing the visiting Maple Leafs the go-ahead goal.
Vancouver 5, Nashville 3: Brock Boeser had two goals and an assist, Daniel Sedin surpassed 1,000 career points and the Canucks beat the host Predators.
Los Angeles 5, Washington 2: Jonny Brodzinski and Jussi Jokinen each scored in a span of nine seconds, Jonathan Quick made 27 saves and the Kings beat the Capitals for their third consecutive victory. Marian Gaborik scored twice, including one of two empty-net goals for the Kings.
•Rangers center Mika Zibanejad is out because of a concussion. Zibanejad, 24, has 11 goals and 11 assists in 24 games.