Mike Fisher scored 3:33 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat visiting Montreal, 3-2, improving their winning streak to a team-record nine in a row yesterday.
Fisher scored during three-on-three play after both teams drew penalties. He took a pass from defenseman Erik Karlsson and cut across the goalmouth to put a backhand past Jaroslav Halak.
Montreal’s Hal Gill was penalized for tripping 2:17 into overtime after he upended Jason Spezza on a partial breakaway. Spezza, who gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead midway through the second, was sent off for interference at 3:12.
Ottawa had lost five in a row prior to its winning streak. The Senators’ previous best was an eight-game winning streak from Oct. 13-Nov. 6, 2007, in the wake of the team’s run to the Stanley Cup final the previous spring. Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots to win his seventh straight start. He has allowed eight goals during his streak.
Brian Gionta scored on a power play to draw Montreal even at 2 with 2:45 remaining in regulation.
Canucks 5, Maple Leafs 3 - Alex Burrows and Daniel Sedin each scored twice and Henrik Sedin added a goal to help visiting Vancouver rally for its season-high seventh straight victory.
Vancouver overcame a three-goal, first-period deficit that resulted in the rare benching of star goalie Roberto Luongo. Phil Kessel scored twice and Jamal Mayers added a goal for Toronto, winless in its last six games.
Blue Jackets 3, Blues 2 - Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime to give Columbus its first victory in St. Louis in nine games.
The Blues’ Keith Tkachuk became the fourth player in league history to record 2,200 penalty minutes and 1,000 points when he was whistled for high-sticking in the second.
Flyers 2, Islanders 1 - Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell scored as Philadelphia won its 14th straight over visiting New York and tied an NHL mark held by numerous teams for consecutive wins against a single opponent.
Flames 6, Oilers 1 - Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists to help host Calgary beat Edmonton to end the Flames’ losing streak at nine and extend the Oilers’ skid to 13 games - one off their franchise record.
Sharks 5 Wild 2 - Jason Demers and Patrick Marleau each had two goals, and Joe Pavelski scored the winner in host San Jose’s win.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 36 shots to help the Sharks win for the sixth time in seven games.
Hurricanes 4, Blackhawks 2 - Brandon Sutter and Matt Cullen scored in a 26-second span in the third period and Cam Ward made 39 saves to help host Carolina beat Chicago.
Predators 4, Thrashers 3 - Jason Arnott scored seven seconds into the third period, his first goal since Jan. 2, and host Nashville snapped a five-game skid.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 2 - Shane Doan scored in his third straight game and host Phoenix withstood a late rally to beat New York.