DALLAS - Jiri Hudler is having the best season of his 10-year career, and the Calgary Flames forward is savvy enough to know that it doesn't hurt to be a little lucky.
Hudler deflected in a second-period shot to start Calgary's three-goal flurry in a span of 6:49 that helped the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Monday night.
Kris Russell's shot from the left point hit Hudler and Dallas defenceman Alex Galligaskins and trickled past goalie Kari Lehtonen.
DENVER - In the midst of a tough season, the Edmonton Oilers are finishing strong.
The Colorado Avalanche? Well, they dropped a game they could ill afford to lose.
Defenceman Justin Schultz broke a second-period tie and Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots, helping Edmonton snap a five-game road losing streak by beating Colorado 4-1 on Monday night.
ST. LOUIS - As usual, the Vancouver Canucks were strong on the road. The St. Louis Blues didn't put up much of a fight.
Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory over the struggling Blues on Monday night. They will look for a repeat Tuesday against the Predators.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Engblom needed stitches after taking a puck to his forehead late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby tipped Brenden Dillon's outlet pass over the glass with 1:42 left in the period. The puck deflected right at Engblom, who was broadcasting from the ice-level area between the teams' benches at CONSOL Energy Center.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Calgary Flames needed a total team effort to beat the Nashville Predators and get back into playoff position in the Western Conference.
Lance Bouma had two goals, and Michael Ferland, Kris Russell, and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory on Sunday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild poured it on in the third period against the Calgary Flames.
Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu scored early in a three-goal third period and the Wild pulled away to beat the Flames 4-2 on Friday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games without pay for a check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.
The league determined Boll came in high with his shoulder on a second-period hit on Maroon during the game on Tuesday night in Columbus, a 5-3 victory for the Blue Jackets.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres are in last place. And many of their fans are openly rooting for the standings to stay that way.
"Lose!" yelled Doug Borsuk, a 10-year season-ticket holder from the upper level during a recent Sabres' home game. "Of course it's weird. But it's ultimately for them to succeed. If they're not going to make the playoffs, they might as well finish last."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators have struggled enough over the past month that they'll take any bounce they can get, especially against Montreal goalie Carey Price.
Ryan Ellis bounced a puck past Price for the tying goal in the third, then Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal at 1:54 of overtime as the Predators rallied to beat the Canadiens 3-2 Tuesday night in a game between two of the NHL's top teams.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.
Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.