Nikolai Zherdev scored twice in the last six minutes - one on a highlight-reel move that provided the go-ahead goal - and the Blue Jackets beat the St. Louis Blues, 6-4, last night in Columbus, Ohio.
With the score 3-3, Zherdev swooped into the offensive zone and passed the puck to himself backward between his legs before wristing a shot from the high slot that got by goaltender Hannu Toivonen at 5:57.
After Dan Fritsche made it 5-3 on a shot from the left dot just over a minute later, Zherdev took a long pass from David Vyborny and scored on a backhander for his 17th goal of the season. He had just 10 goals in 71 games a year ago.
Zherdev didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday after taking a hard hit from David Backes in St. Louis's 6-1 victory over the Blue Jackets Tuesday night.
Jason Chimera, Ron Hainsey and Rick Nash also had goals for the Blue Jackets. Chimera and Fritsche also had assists, while Vyborny and Adam Foote had three assists apiece, and Sergei Fedorov added two assists.
Wild 5, Blackhawks 2 - Josh Harding made 41 saves, Marian Gaborik scored two goals, and Minnesota handed host Chicago its eighth straight loss.
Matt Foy, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Mark Parrish also scored for Minnesota, which won its second straight despite being outshot, 43-16. The Wild's Eric Belanger had two assists.
Brent Sopel and Martin Havlat scored for injury-depleted Chicago, 0-6-2 during its skid.
Islanders 5, Flames 4 - Mike Sillinger and Richard Park scored in the shootout and All-Star Rick DiPietro foiled Owen Nolan's tying bid as New York edged host Calgary.
Sillinger and Nolan connected twice in regulation.
DiPietro faced 42 shots - a season high for Calgary.
Coyotes 4, Canucks 3 - Defensemen Ed Jovanovski and Keith Yandle connected twice within 16 seconds during two-man advantages at the end of the second period, propelling Phoenix in Vancouver.
Taylor Pyatt scored twice for the Canucks, who had been 12-0-2 in their last 14 home games.