Leafs hit hard in loss to Avalanche
The goal after 31 seconds by Colorado's Nick Holden was the first sign it might not be a good night for the Maple Leafs in Denver.
Moments later Daniel Winnik was in a collision at the Colorado blueline with Jan Hejda and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. Before the period was over, defenceman Jake Gardiner took a shot off his leg and did not return to the ice.
All these were tell-tale signs en route to a 4-3 shootout loss to the Avalanche. It was the second loss on the two-game road trip for the Leafs as Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene and Alex Tanguay all scored in the shootout against Jonathan Bernier. Only Tyler Bozak could score against Reto Berra in the Avalanche goal as Colorado ended a three-game slide.
Senators continue home ice success
Thanks to fine goaltending by Craig Anderson, the Ottawa Senators remained the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss on home ice.
Anderson turned aside 35 shots for his 28th career shutout to lead the Senators to a 3-0 victory. For the season, they're 4-0-2 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Clarke MacArthur scored the only goal that the Sens would need early in the second period. Mike Hoffman followed with his first of two scores two minutes and 24 seconds later. Hoffman added the final tally at 2:06 of the third period.
Canucks check in to Hotel California
The Vancouver Canucks haven't had much luck in California lately, especially in San Jose, where they began a three-game California swing Thursday.
But they dodged a huge bullet when they escaped from the Sharks, hanging on for a 3-2 victory, when the apparent tying goal was scored just after time had expired.
The Sharks had won 10 of their last 11 against the Canucks including a playoff sweep in 2013 yet Vancouver held on this time to start their trek through San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim on a good note.
Radim Vrbata, Alexander Edler and Nick Bonino scored the Vancouver goals, while Ryan Miller manned the nets for the Canucks who improved to 10-4-0.
Sid scores 'vicious' goal in the Peg
For two teams that don't see each other that often, the Penguins and the Jets didn't take the opportunity to become close friends.
The teams combined for three fights and 102 penalty minutes though the stars of the night were the penalty killers who shut down each other's power plays.
They were the stars until the shootout, which came after a 3-3 battle through 65 minutes.
After Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin scored, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Andrew Ladd.
Sidney Crosby was next and tucked the puck along the goalline on a shot that seemed to be sliding through the crease until Jets' goaltender Ondrej Pavelec accidentally nudged it over the line for a goal.
When Fleury denied Evander Kane, the Penguins had their sixth win in a row, 4-3.
The Jets' three-game winning streak was over although they did get at least a point for the seventh time in succession.
Rookie spoils Flames night
With six of their eight wins this season on the road, the Calgary Flames were feeling pretty good about keeping Steven Stamkos off the scoresheet in Tampa Bay.
Instead the night belonged to 21-year-old Cedric Paquette who opened the scoring in each of the first two periods with his first NHL goals to put the Lightning ahead of the Flames. Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary to keep the Flames within a goal but Tampa Bay would tally twice in the third for a 5-2 triumph.
Oilers can't end Boston streak
It had been a long time since the Edmonton Oilers had won in Boston. Just one day shy of 18 years, in fact. So maybe they started getting ahead of themselves when they took a 2-1 lead early in the third period on a goal by Mark Arcobello.
They held that advantage past the midway point and then it all went wrong.
The Bruins ran roughshod over the Oilers and scored three goals in a stretch of two minutes 34 seconds. They added one more tally with eight seconds left. 5-2 was the final score for the Bruins as the Oilers lost their fourth game in a row and fell to 0-3-1 on the road for this season.