Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen scored in the shootout after the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from three goals down to beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, last night.
The latest meeting of the NHL’s worst teams had a wild finish. Ian White put the Maple Leafs ahead, 5-4, with 29.9 seconds remaining, but Erik Cole tapped in a rebound with 2.9 seconds left to force overtime.
After an uneventful overtime, Ruutu and Jokinen beat Jonas Gustavsson with wrist shots and Manny Legace stopped Phil Kessel and Lee Stempniak to preserve his first victory with the Maple Leafs.
Alexei Ponikarovsky had a goal and an assist, and Matt Stajan, Stempniak, and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for the Maple Leafs, who led, 3-0, after one period but extended their winless streak to five.
Now, they have 30th place in the league all to themselves.
“We definitely let one get away there,’’ Stajan said. “It’s been the story all year. Nothing’s going right.
“You shouldn’t lose a hockey game where you have a 3-0 lead, let alone one with a lead with three seconds left.’’
Ruutu had four assists for the Hurricanes in their club-record fourth straight overtime game. Gustavsson had 40 saves and assisted on Ponikarovsky’s third-period goal.
Ducks 4, Lightning 3 - Scott Niedermayer scored a power-play goal 52 seconds into overtime as host Anaheim beat Tampa Bay after blowing a three-goal lead.
Corey Perry extended his career-best point streak to 13 games with a power play goal and two assists for the Ducks.
Ryan Malone was sent off for cross-checking Ryan Getzlaf 11 seconds into overtime, and Niedermayer got a drop pass from Getzlaf in the slot before snapping off a 45-footer that beat Mike Smith high to the glove side.
Blue Jackets 4, Stars 1 - Rick Nash scored on a power play and Kristian Huselius added a shorthanded goal in the final seconds of the fight-filled opening period, sending Columbus to a victory in Dallas.
Senators 6, Penguins 2 - Chris Phillips scored twice in his 800th regular-season game and Pascal Leclaire made 25 saves, leading Ottawa over visiting Pittsburgh.
Blues 3, Coyotes 2 - Defenseman Erik Johnson finished an end-to-end rush with a wrist shot past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov from the high slot 17 seconds into overtime.
Predators 3, Devils 2 - Mike Santorelli and Martin Erat scored shootout goals after Jason Arnott had two goals in regulation in Nashville’s home victory.
Blackhawks 7, Flames 1 - Kris Versteeg scored two power-play goals in Chicago’s five-goal second period to help the visiting Blackhawks roll.