Hurricanes beat Avs in shootout
RALEIGH, N.C. - Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm scored shootout goals, while Anton Khudobin stopped both Colorado shots as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Staal, who returned Dec. 29 after a broken right leg, scored his first goal of the season and Patrick Dwyer got the other goal in regulation for the Hurricanes, who have won five consecutive at home against the Avalanche.
"It was a really good start," said Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, who celebrated his 50th birthday with the victory. "I was happy with it for sure. … I didn't think we held onto our success [Carolina led 2-0 after two periods] as well as we should have.
"It was important for Jordan to get that first, but he's had good looks every night. His line was dominant early."
Matt Duchene and John Mitchell scored third period goals for the Avalanche.
Khudobin had 28 saves for the Hurricanes, 4-1-1 in their past six games, while Colorado's Calvin Pickard stopped 44 shots.
•ISLES SHUT OUT RANGERS: Frans Nielsen's shorthanded goal capped the Islanders' three-goal second period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and Long Island's team won 3-0 over the host Rangers, who had won five in a row and 13 of 14.
•BRUINS ROOKIE HOT: Rookie David Pastrnak scored twice for the second game in a row and Milan Lucic had a goal and an assist as the Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Boston for their fourth consecutive victory. Pastrnak was called up from Providence of the AHL on Jan. 6a.
•SHARP RELIEVER: Petr Mrazek made 25 saves in his first start in place of injured starting goalie Jimmy Howard, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Sabres 3-1 in Buffalo. Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings.
•BLUES STIFLE OILERS: Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 24th goal and had an assist as the St. Louis Blues beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 for their fifth consecutive victory. Benoit Pouliot scored twice in the third period for Edmonton, but the Oilers mustered a season-low 15 shots.
•FOUR GOALS FOR JET: Mathieu Perreault had four goals and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets cruised to an 8-2 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers. Dustin Byfuglien added two goals and an assist for the Jets, who gave coach Paul Maurice his 500th win.
•PREDATORS WIN BUT GOALIE HURT: Craig Smith scored twice to lead the Predators to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Nashville lost goaltender Pekka Rinne, who leads the NHL with 28 wins, to a lower-body injury in the third period. He had stopped 20 of 21 shots before being replaced by Carter Hutton.