David Clarkson scored in the fourth round of the shootout, after Johan Hedberg made a pad save on Nicklas Backstrom, and the New Jersey Devils rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Capitals last night in Washington.
Clarkson skated in on Michael Neuvirth, faked to the right and lifted a backhander over the sliding goalie to give the Devils a split in a weekend home-and-home series with the Capitals.
“It was a real gutsy effort in this building, down 2-0 to that team,’’ coach Peter DeBoer said. “To hold them to seven shots over the last 45 minutes, I thought it was a real gritty effort.’’
Zach Parise also scored for the Devils in the shootout, and Alex Ovechkin connected for Washington.
New Jersey got goals from Petr Sykora and Ryan Carter in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit.
Troy Brouwer and Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals in the first.
Washington coach Bruce Boudreau was denied in his first try at his 200th NHL victory.
Just 6:30 in, Brouwer took advantage of a bad pass to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Brouwer intercepted Adam Henrique’s pass, skated in on Hedberg, got the goalie down, and beat him at the right post for his fourth goal.
Washington made it 2-0 at 16:10, just as a tripping penalty against New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov expired. Chimera tipped in John Carlson’s blast from the right point.
Hurricanes 5, Penguins 3 - Eric Staal scored for the first time in a month and host Carolina, which led, 3-0, after two periods, snapped a four-game slide.
Staal converted a rebound at 15:26 in the third period, smacking it past Brent Johnson to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead after they wasted a three-goal advantage. It was Staal’s fourth goal of the season and first since Oct. 18.
Chad LaRose added a breakaway score with 2:30 left.
Jeff Skinner had a goal and two assists, Tuomo Ruutu scored twice, and Cam Ward had 37 saves for Carolina.
Jordan Staal, Eric’s brother, scored two goals and Chris Kunitz added another to help the Penguins rally in the third period. Johnson made 21 stops while starting in place of Marc-Andre Fleury.
Red Wings 5, Stars 2 - Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, and Brad Stuart scored in the third period to help host Detroit win its fourth straight.
With the game tied at 2, Valtteri Filppula drove to the net from the left. After his backhanded attempt was blocked, Franzen was on the opposite side to poke the puck across the goal line.
Helm scored by redirecting a nice pass from Jiri Hudler with 10:41 remaining, and Stuart added another goal 73 seconds later.
Loui Eriksson and Brenden Morrow scored for the Stars.
Canadiens 2, Predators 1 - Max Pacioretty scored with 2:29 left in overtime to lift Montreal in front of a sellout crowd in Nashville.
Shea Weber scored for the Predators, and David Desharnais scored Montreal’s first goal and assisted on the winner.
Senators 5, Maple Leafs 2- Craig Anderson made 31 saves, Nick Foligno scored two goals, and visiting Ottawa snapped a five-game winless streak.
Sergei Gonchar, Zack Smith and Chris Phillips added goals for Ottawa, which continues its six-game road trip with a swing through Western Canada.
Blues 3, Lightning 0 - Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots, and defenseman Kris Russell, acquired from Columbus Friday, scored in his Blues debut as St. Louis improved to 5-0-1 in its last six home games. The Blues have five points in three games under new coach Ken Hitchcock.
Kevin Shattenkirk and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues.
Blue Jackets 2, Jets 1 - Rookie Ryan Johansen had his first NHL two-goal game, and Steve Mason made 35 saves to help host Columbus snap a three-game losing skid. Winnipeg has lost five straight (0-3-2).
Flames 4, Avalanche 3 - Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves, Lee Stempniak had a goal and assist, and Calgary held on to beat host Colorado.
Coyotes 3, Sharks 0 - Mike Smith made 31 saves in his 12th NHL shutout, and Radim Vrbata, Boyd Gordon, and Patrick O’Sullivan scored for Phoenix, which won in San Jose for the first time in seven games.
Kings 5, Wild 2 - Five players scored for host Los Angeles, which rode a four-goal second period en route to victory.