Talent and hard work have made the San Jose Sharks the NHL's top road team. A little luck never hurt, either.
Jonathan Cheechoo scored on a fortunate bounce just 10 seconds after the Minnesota Wild had tied the score and the Sharks made a mark in the NHL record book, winning, 3-2, for their 10th consecutive road victory last night.
Steve Bernier and Kyle McLaren also scored and Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks, who last lost a road game Nov. 9, and are now tied with four other teams for second on the NHL's list for consecutive road wins. Detroit won 12 straight on the road in March and April of 2006.
The Sharks are at home for their next four games, but will have a chance to tie Detroit's record when they visit Anaheim and Phoenix in the middle of January.
Minnesota, which had won six of its previous eight games, trailed, 2-0, after two periods, but tied the game on goals by Dominic Moore and Mark Parrish.
On the ensuing faceoff, Cheechoo got behind the Wild defense, came in alone on goalie Nicklas Backstrom and tucked a low shot past the goalie to quiet the sellout crowd.
Blues 2, Red Wings 0 - Manny Legace made 31 saves for his 20th career shutout, helping visiting St. Louis cool off Detroit.
It was the first time the Red Wings, winners of 14 of their last 16 games, were shut out this season.
Erik Johnson and Lee Stempniak scored for the Blues, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Islanders 4, Hurricanes 1 - Marc-Andre Bergeron had two goals and an assist, and visiting New York scored three goals in a 3:39 stretch in a victory over Carolina.
Bill Guerin and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored and Mike Comrie added two assists for the Islanders.
John Grahame didn't last long in his first start since Dec. 20, allowing three goals in a four-shot span before he was pulled for Cam Ward with 14:15 left in the second.
Coyotes 4, Avalanche 3 - Peter Mueller and Radim Vrbata scored in a shootout to lift host Phoenix over Colorado.
After Colorado's Wojtek Wolski failed to record a shot in the shootout, Mueller scored on a wrist shot past goalie Peter Budaj. Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov then stopped Marek Svatos, and when Vrbata scored on a backhand, the Coyotes picked up the 2 points.
Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 2 - Rick Nash scored three times to break out of a goal-scoring slump and host Columbus beat Edmonton to pick up its third straight home win.
Predators 1, Stars 0 - J.P. Dumont scored a second-period goal, rookie Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots for his third career shutout, and Nashville ended a seven-game losing streak in Dallas by blanking the Stars.
Flames 2, Canucks 1 - Kristian Huselius scored with 1:05 left in the second period to break a tie and host Calgary held on to edge Vancouver.