Ducks break tie at top of NHL standings

– Jakob Silfverberg scored two goals, Frederik Andersen made 44 saves and the Anaheim Ducks took the top of the NHL standings for themselves by beating the Nashville Predators 5-2 Thursday night.

Anaheim and Nashville came in tied atop both the NHL and the Western Conference with 72 points, though the Predators have a game in hand.

Pekka Rinne was back in net for Nashville after missing three weeks with an injured knee.

Nashville entered the game 20-2-1 at home.

HIGHLIGHTS

• BLUES SET FRANCHISE MARK: Jake Allen stopped 23 shots and the St. Louis Blues set a franchise record by extending their point streak to 13 games (12-0-1) with a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo was shut out for the ninth time this season — one short of matching a franchise high.

• SHUTOUT FOR WINGS: Petr Mrazek had 28 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 victory over the host Colorado Avalanche. Detroit is 8-1-0 in its past nine games.

• CLUTTERBUCK SCORES WINNER: Cal Clutterbuck scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout to lead the visiting New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Clutterbuck also scored a goal in regulation. Former Wild defenseman Nick Schultz scored his second goal in three games for the Flyers.

• PHILLIPS BREAKS OTTAWA RECORD: Defenseman Chris Phillips played in his 1,179th game as an Ottawa Senator, surpassing Daniel Alfredsson for the team record.

• OKPOSO INJURY A DETACHED RETINA: Two Newsday sources confirmed a report from earlier this week that Islanders forward Kyle Okposo had surgery to repair a detached retina two weeks ago.

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