Rick Nash's shootout goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over St. Louis yesterday and stretched the visiting Blues' losing streak to nine. St. Louis lost for the second consecutive night in the NHL's new tiebreaker.
Nash scored on Curtis Sanford, who took over for the injured Jason Bacashihua late in regulation.
Marc Denis, who had 41 saves before the shootout, stopped Mike Sillinger -- who scored earlier to extend his goal streak to four games -- to clinch the win.
There were three shorthanded goals -- Sillinger and Dennis Wideman for St. Louis, and David Vyborny for the Blue Jackets.
Lightning 6, Stars 3 -- Brad Richards's shorthanded tally triggered Tampa Bay's four-goal, first-period flurry against Marty Turco, and the Lightning went on to defeat host Dallas. Tampa Bay scored on four of its first six shots against Turco, who was pulled at 12:35 in favor of Johan Hedberg.
Wild 4, Blackhawks 1 -- Rookie Kurtis Foster had a goal and an assist, and Manny Fernandez made 31 saves to lift host Minnesota over Chicago.