Former Bruin Chuck Kobasew celebrated his second game back in the Minnesota lineup with his second career hat trick, and Andrew Brunette scored the winning goal on a power play midway through the third period, leading the Wild past the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, yesterday in St. Paul.
“It’s nice to contribute,’’ said Kobasew, who sat out four games with an upper-body injury before returning to action Wednesday against the Bruins.
Kobasew, acquired in a trade Oct. 18 after scoring 21 and 22 goals for Boston the past two seasons, got an empty-net goal with 17.9 seconds left for his first three-goal game since Jan. 24, 2006, at Colorado as a Bruin.
Islanders 3, Penguins 2 - Rookie John Tavares scored on a rebound with 6:12 left in the third period, giving host New York a rare come-from-behind win.
New York entered the game 0-7-3 when trailing after two periods.
Lightning 5, Rangers 1 - Kurtis Foster had two goals and Steven Stamkos added his team-high 16th as host Tampa Bay spoiled New York coach John Tortorella’s first game against his former team.
Blues 3, Predators 1 - Chris Mason made 37 saves, helping St. Louis halt host Nashville’s seven-game winning streak.
Ducks 3, Blackhawks 0 - Teemu Selanne scored twice on the power play and Jean-Sebastien Giguere posted his first shutout of the season, helping host Anaheim snap Chicago’s eight-game winning streak.
Sabres 4, Flyers 2 - Tim Connolly scored twice in the third period and added two assists, helping Buffalo snap a four-game losing streak with the win in Philadelphia.
Maple Leafs 6, Panthers 4 - Niklas Hagman and Phil Kessel each scored two goals, propelling Toronto at Sunrise, Fla.
Flames 3, Red Wings 0 - Miika Kiprusoff made 40 saves for his 32d career shutout as Calgary handed Detroit its second straight whitewash.
Thrashers 6, Hurricanes 4 - Rich Peverley scored the fourth of Atlanta’s five third-period goals with 6:03 left as Carolina had a three-game home winning streak halted.
Sharks 5, Oilers 4 - Patrick Marleau scored three goals, and Joe Pavelski had the lone shootout score as San Jose won at Edmonton.
Coyotes 5, Stars 2 - Lauri Korpikoski scored his first two goals of the season, leading host Phoenix.