Avalanche ties it late, beats Stars in shootout

– Maxime Talbot's first shootout attempt ever earned Colorado an important point in a battle of playoff-chasing teams.

Talbot scored the winner in the 11th round of the shootout after Tyson Barrie tied it in the final minute of regulation, and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Avalanche was down 2-0 in the third period in a matchup of teams that started the night tied with 53 points apiece in the Central Division.

"Well, we'll see at the end of the season how big they were," said Talbott, who said he'd taken two penalty shots in his career, but never a shootout try. "I think it's a sign that we can win some games sometimes maybe when you don't deserve as much."

HIGHLIGHTS

•PREDATORS EDGE LEAFS: Mike Fisher had a goal and two assists, and the Predators handed the Maple Leafs a franchise record-tying 10th consecutive loss, 4-3 in Nashville. Seth Jones, Shea Weber and Colin Wilson also scored for Nashville, winners of two in a row.

•CANUCKS STRIKE IN OT: Luca Sbisa scored 36 seconds into overtime and the host Canucks defeated the Jets 3-2. Alexandre Burrows and Ronalds Kenins scored in regulation for Vancouver. Eddie Lack stopped 26 shots. Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler had goals for Winnipeg, which got 30 saves from Ondrej Pavelec.

•DUCKS RALLY: Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored 45 seconds into overtime, Corey Perry scored two goals, and the Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period for a 5-4 victory over the visiting Hurricanes.

•BLUES STAY HOT: Vladimir Tarasenko tied the score late in the third period and then Jaden Schwartz scored in overtime to give the streaking Blues a 2-1 victory over the Lightning in St. Louis. The Blues tied a franchise record with points in 12 consecutive games. They have won six in a row and are 11-0-1 in their past 12.

•BROUWER LEADS CAPS: Troy Brouwer scored two goals, Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots and the host Capitals beat the Kings 4-0 for their second victory in eight games.

•PANTHERS TOP ISLES: Jimmy Hayes' second goal of the game 2:10 into the third period lifted the slumping Panthers to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y. Edina's Anders Lee scored both goals for New York.

•SABRES END SKID: Brian Gionta and the Sabres stopped their 14-game losing streak — the longest in team history — by beating the Canadiens 3-2 in Montreal.