Leddy's goal gives Isles win over Rangers
WINNIPEG – Blake Wheeler, the former Gopher, scored 51 seconds into overtime and Winnipeg overcame a three-goal third-period collapse to beat Nashville 5-4 on Thursday night.
Dustin Byfuglien, who left the game in the third period because of an undisclosed injury, scored twice in regulation and Bryan Little and Nikolaj Ehlers added single goals for Winnipeg. Rookie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots.
Ryan Johansen cut Nashville's deficit to 4-2 with 10:59 left, Eric Nystrom scored less than three minutes later and then James Neal tied it with 13.5 seconds left. Kevin Fiala scored in the first period and Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators.
Entering Thursday night, Rinne was 1-8-2 with a 3.29 goals-against average in his past 11 road starts.
•CRAWFORD WINS GOALIE DUEL: Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt scored first-period goals and Corey Crawford made 39 saves as the Blackhawks edged the Canadiens 2-1 in Montreal to extend their winning streak to nine games and move Joel Quenneville into sole possession of second place in career coaching victories. Quenneville has 783 wins, one more than Al Arbour but still well behind leader Scotty Bowman's 1,244. Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens while Mike Condon stopped 31 shots.
•LEDDY LEADS ISLANDERS: Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored 2:24 apart early in the third period to rally the host Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots for the Islanders. "It's huge," said Leddy, the former Gophers and Wild defenseman said after getting the winner on is second goal of the season. "It's a great measuring stick against a very good team."
•OTHER RUSSIAN LEADs CAPITALS: Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov had two goals and an assist as the host Capitals beat the Canucks 4-1 for their fifth consecutive victory.
•FIRST SHUTOUT: Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots for his first NHL shutout, and Matt Duchene scored at 51 seconds as the Avalanche beat the Devils 3-0 in Denver.
•LATE SURGE: Pavel Datsyuk and Gustavus Nyquist scored power-play goals in the last nine minutes of the third period and Danny DeKeyser scored at 2:08 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Coyotes in Phoenix.
•SWAPPING D-MEN: Nashville and Ottawa traded defensemen, with the Predators acquiring Patrick Mullen in exchange for Conor Allen.