|Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was assisted by Ryan Carter in keeping Toronto’s Fredrick Sjostrom away from the goal. (Ellen Ozier/Reuters)|
Each team scored twice in the shootout before Anisimov ended the duel by beating rookie goalie Braden Holtby.
Holtby finished with 28 saves. In three games since his recall from Hershey of the American Hockey League last week, the 21-year-old has turned aside 77 of 80 shots.
But Biron was better in the shootout.
Hurricanes 6, Maple Leafs 4 — Brandon Sutter had two third-period goals and rookie Jeff Skinner scored his 18th of the season to lead Carolina at home.
Skinner scored on a power-play rebound with 8:58 remaining, giving the Hurricanes a 5-3 lead, and Erik Cole’s empty-netter in the final minute sealed the victory.
Tim Brent scored two third-period goals for the Maple Leafs, who got within 5-4 on Mike Brown’s power-play tally with 5:45 to go.
Avalanche 4, Blues 3 — Brandon Yip scored twice and fellow Boston University product Kevin Shattenkirk broke a third-period tie with a power-play goal, helping host Colorado snap a two-game skid and beat St. Louis for a sixth straight time.
Flames 3, Predators 1 — Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves and Jarome Iginla scored to help Calgary beat visiting Nashville.
Curtis Glecross and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Flames. It was Morrison’s third goal in three games.
David Legwand scored the lone goal for the Predators, who had won 10 of 12.
Canucks 7, Stars 1 — Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kesler, and Christian Ehrhoff scored on Vancouver’s first five shots, and the host Canucks snapped a four-game losing streak.
Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists as Vancouver became the first team in the Western Conference with 30 wins.