Eriksson Dallas’s star in OT
His strike extends win streak to four
Loui Eriksson’s goal at 3:52 of overtime sent the Stars to their fourth consecutive victory, 3-2, over the Vancouver Canucks yesterday in Dallas.
Steve Ott carried the puck deep in the Vancouver end and passed to Trevor Daley at the left circle. Eriksson skated to the net and fired Daley’s goal-mouth pass past Roberto Luongo.
Mike Ribeiro scored the tying goal for Dallas with 52.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
With goalie Kari Lehtonen on the bench in favor of a sixth skater, Ribeiro deflected Alex Goligoski’s shot from the point for his 14th of the season.
Michael Ryder netted a power-play goal for the Stars, who hadn’t won four in a row since Oct. 29-Nov. 8.
Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond scored for the Canucks, who were 8-1-1 in their previous 10 road games.
Senators 5, Islanders 2 - Robin Lehner, making his first start since being recalled from the minors to replace the injured Craig Anderson, made 28 saves as host Ottawa rolled.
Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza, Jim O’Brien, Chris Neil, and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators.
Lehner was making his first start since being recalled from Binghamton on an emergency basis after Anderson cut his hand last Thursday while preparing food at home.
John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau scored for the Islanders.
Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 2 - Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal of the season, former Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen made 21 saves in his NHL debut, and Pittsburgh beat Columbus.
Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang, and Joe Vitale also scored for the Penguins, who won for the ninth time in their last 10 home games. Steve Sullivan added a pair of assists.
Rick Nash scored a shorthanded goal in perhaps his final game with Columbus. Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets.
Lightning 4, Devils 3 - Martin St. Louis scored three goals and set up another to lead Tampa Bay in Newark.
Teddy Purcell added three assists for the Lightning, who are 11-5-2 in their last 18.
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Petr Sykora, and Zach Parise scored for the Devils, who dropped their second straight game after going 9-1-1 since the All-Star break.
Panthers 4, Canadiens 2 - At Sunrise, Fla., Stephen Weiss scored twice as Florida improved to 3-0 against Montreal this season.
Sean Bergenheim and Brian Campbell also scored for the Panthers, while David Desharnais and P.K. Subban tallied for the Canadiens, who have lost six of seven.
Wild 4, Sharks 3 - Jed Ortmeyer’s first goal of the season gave Minnesota the lead with 4:13 left, and San Jose completed a season-long nine-game trip 2-6-1.
The Sharks played more than half the game without coach Todd McLellan, who was inadvertently hit in the head with a stick early in the second period. After staying down for a bit, McLellan walked gingerly to the locker room.
Ducks 3, Blackhawks 1 - Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal and had an assist to move into 20th on the NHL’s career scoring list, and Anaheim beat visiting Chicago.
Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in his 21st consecutive start for the Ducks, who won for the ninth time in 12 games during their improbable playoff push.
Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal of February for the Ducks, and Sheldon Brookbank also scored as Anaheim avoided a four-game season sweep by Chicago.