Martin St. Louis scored off a rebound 2:54 into overtime, and Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves in his Tampa Bay debut, leading the Lightning to a 1-0 victory over the Capitals last night at Washington that broke the teams’ tie for the lead atop the Southeast Division.
St. Louis poked the puck past Semyon Varlamov after a shot by Pavel Kubina ricocheted out, ending Washington’s three-game winning streak.
The Lightning have won nine of 11 and moved into a tie with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference lead with 53 points.
Roloson is the oldest goalie in the NHL — Varlamov, in contrast, is 22 — but he played brilliantly against Washington, stopping 21 shots in the second period alone. He wasn’t forced to make his first save until he kicked away Alex Ovechkin’s shot with a little less than 12 minutes left in the first period, but he was challenged repeatedly the rest of the way.
Avalanche 4, Sabres 3 — David Jones scored a power-play goal 4:17 into overtime and Peter Budaj stopped 37 shots, helping host Colorado snap a two-game skid.
Daniel Winnik, Ryan O’Reilly, and Matt Duchene also scored for the Avalanche, picking up the scoring slack in the absence of Paul Stastny, who was scratched just before the game with flu-like symptoms.
Tomas Fleischmann set up the decisive goal as he carried the puck into the zone and then dished it to Jones, who knocked it past goalie Ryan Miller.
Thomas Vanek, Jochen Hecht and Steve Montador scored for the Sabres, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.
Red Wings 5, Oilers 3 — Todd Bertuzzi scored twice, including the winner, and Detroit snapped a mini-slide with a victory in Edmonton, Alberta.
After Edmonton rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game late, Detroit got a break when Bertuzzi’s shot banked in off the skate of defenseman Ladislav Smid with 2:50 left. The Red Wings, who had dropped two straight, sealed the win 44 seconds later on Darren Helm’s goal.
Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper also scored for Detroit, which moved into a tie atop the NHL standings with Vancouver.
Gilbert Brule, Theo Peckham, and Sam Gagner scored for Edmonton, which has lost seven straight. It is the Oilers’ worst skid since a 13-game slide from Dec. 31-Jan 30 last season.
Coyotes 4, Blue Jackets 2 — Shane Doan scored with 8:19 remaining to lift Phoenix over Columbus in Glendale, Ariz.
Doan, stationed just to the left of goalie Mathieu Garon, batted down Keith Yandle’s rising shot from the left boards to snap a 2-2 tie. Vernon Fiddler scored his first goal in 22 games just 52 seconds later to make it 4-2.
Wild 2, Devils 1 — Clayton Stoner scored his first NHL goal 1:14 into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and Jose Theodore made 21 saves as Minnesota topped New Jersey in a defensive battle at Newark.