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Ducks win, Predators lose to force tie atop NHL standings

Ducks win and Predators loss leaves teams level on points atop NHL standings

New Jersey Devils' Jon Merrill eyes the puck after being checked to the ice by Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15)  during the first period of an NH...

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New Jersey Devils' Jon Merrill eyes the puck after being checked to the ice by Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15) during the first period of an NH...

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) -- Anaheim's win against Arizona and Nashville's defeat at New Jersey on Tuesday put the Ducks and the Predators level on points atop the NHL standings as the playoff race heated up.

Nashville suffered its fourth-successive loss -- a season-worst skid -- while Anaheim swept pass an Arizona team in a losing tailspin.

Among other results, the New York Islanders reclaimed the outright lead in the Metropolitan Division by taking a point from an overtime loss at Dallas, San Jose won convincingly at Vancouver to tighten the race for the playoff spots in the West, and Minnesota kept up its pace in that race by downing Ottawa.

New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider made 33 saves to deny Nashville and give the Devils a 3-2 win that boosted their slim playoff hopes.

Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas scored first-period goals in front of a sparse crowd that came out on a snowy night, and Mike Cammalleri was awarded a goal with 1:14 remaining in the game.

Mike Fisher had the sole goal for the Predators, who last lost four straight in March last year.

Dallas' Cody Eakin scored 2:18 into overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 win against the Islanders, snapping a run of six successive losses.

Brett Ritchie and Vernon Fiddler scored on third-period rebounds as Dallas rallied for a 2-1 lead and they went on to win in overtime for the first time this season, having lost the previous seven attempts.

Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders in the first period and Anders Lee tied it for New York with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.

San Jose's Matt Nieto had two goals and an assist to lead the Sharks to a 6-2 win at Vancouver, cutting the gap between the two divisional rivals to three points.

Chris Tierney, Melker Karlsson, Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for San Jose, which has won seven straight in Vancouver.

Henrik Sedin had both goals for Vancouver, which has not only the Sharks, but also Calgary and Los Angeles only three points back.

Minnesota's Charlie Coyle scored the winner in a shootout to give the Wild a 3-2 win over an Ottawa team that had won its previous five games.

Matt Dumba had both Wild goals in regulation for his first-ever two-goal game.

Ottawa goalie Andrew Hammond made 36 saves but lost for the first time in six NHL starts. Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators.

Calgary's Jiri Hudler scored 1:23 into overtime to five the Flames a 3-2 win at Philadelphia.

It was a successful homecoming for rookie and New Jersey native Johnny Gaudreau, who had hundreds of fans in attendance. Gaudreau assisted on the winning goal, helping the Flames rebound after blowing a 2-0 lead.

Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund had given the Flames that early advantage before Sean Couturier and Mark Streit both scored in the third period for the Flyers.

Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis each had a goal and two assists to lead the Kings to a 5-2 win against Edmonton, ending an untimely run of three successive defeats.

Washington's Alex Ovechkin added to his NHL-leading total with two goals, leading the charge as the Capitals beat Columbus 5-3, sending the Blue Jackets to a seventh-straight loss.

Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano scored twice to help the Ducks beat Arizona 4-1, taking a share of top place in the standings while inflicting a 10th straight regulation loss on the Coyotes.

Tampa Bay's rookie goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves in his first NHL shutout, helping the Lightning defeat Buffalo 3-0.

Toronto finally ended a franchise-worst run of 16 consecutive road losses by winning 3-2 at Florida, which was forced to change goalie twice due to injuries.

Updated : 2021-09-23 02:51 GMT+08:00