The Boston Bruins found yet another way to win.
Dennis Wideman and Zdeno Chara erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, and Michael Ryder scored the shootout winner in the Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Tied with San Jose for the NHL overall lead entering the All-Star break, the Bruins earned a full two points for the first time in nine games (1-6-2) this season when trailing after two periods.
"It wouldn't have been the end of the world," coach Claude Julien said. "But for us, we thought it was important. We just lost the last couple of games ... and we wanted to make sure that we felt good about ourselves heading into the break."
Ryder beat Vesa Toskala with a high wrist shot in the fourth round of the shootout. Blake Wheeler scored in regulation and the shootout, and Martin St. Pierre also scored for Boston in the tiebreaker. Jason Blake and Lee Stempniak scored for Toronto in regulation and the shootout, and Brad May also had a regulation goal.
"It's that time of the year that you're going to face some adversity, some challenges," said Chara, set to join Julien and teammates Tim Thomas and Marc Savard at the All-Star game in Montreal. "It was a tight game."
In other NHL games Wednesday night, it was: New Jersey 5, Montreal 2; Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 3; Los Angeles 6, Colorado 5; St. Louis 2, Chicago 0; Calgary 5, Columbus 4 in a shootout; Tampa Bay 5, Buffalo 3; Dallas 4, Florida 1; and the New York Islanders 2, Anaheim 1.
In Toronto, Wideman and Chara tied it with goals on two of the Bruins' four straight power plays in the third period.
"They're just bad penalties," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "They might be picky to some people, but they're penalties. It's needless to take a penalty on the other side of the red line. You can't defend those penalties."
Thomas made 31 saves, the last five in overtime when Toronto had a power play for 1:40, to help Boston beat Toronto for the fourth time in five games this season.
"The way they play us, I would guess that they would be having a lot more success than they've been having this year," Thomas said. "They play us tough and hard and they're hungry. They're a very tough team to play against."
At Newark, N.J., Paul Martin scored on a breakaway goal and added an assist, and Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves in New Jersey's fifth straight victory.
The Devils entered the All-Star break in first place in the Atlanta Division, a seemingly unreachable goal when star goalie Martin Brodeur tore his biceps on Nov. 1.
Travis Zajac, Johnny Oduya, Zach Parise and Patrik Elias added goals for the Devils. Josh Gorges and Matt D'Agostini scored for Montreal.
At Philadelphia, Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves to improve to 12-0 against Atlanta, and Mike Knuble scored twice for Philadelphia.
Niittymaki is one of only two active goalies with a perfect mark in at least 10 decisions against one team. Detroit's Chris Osgood is 17-0 against Tampa Bay.
Scott Hartnell, Darroll Powe and Randy Jones also scored, and Jeff Carter had two assists. Eric Perrin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Chris Thorburn scored for Atlanta.
At Denver, Alexander Frolov scored twice and Los Angeles chased struggling goalie Peter Budaj with a three-goal second period.
Kyle Calder, Jack Johnson, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown also scored. T.J. Hensick, Chris Stewart, Brian Willsie, Cody McLeod and Marek Svatos scored for Colorado.
At Chicago, Chris Mason made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Jeff Woywitka and Keith Tkachuk scored for St. Louis.
Cristobal Huet made 27 saves for Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost two straight games in regulation at United Center to drop to 14-4-5 at home.
At Calgary, Alberta, Todd Bertuzzi scored for Calgary in the third round of a shootout, and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped Jakub Voracek's on Columbus' final attempt.
Michael Cammalleri scored twice, and Jarome Iginla and David Moss added regulation goals for the Flames. Kiprusoff finished with 29 saves.
R.J. Umberger had two goals for Columbus, and Voracek and Rick Nash also scored.
At Tampa, Fla., Steve Eminger and Steve Downie scored 34 seconds apart early in the first period, leading Tampa Bay to its fifth victory in seven games.
Lukas Krajicek, Jeff Halpern and Cory Murphy also scored. Derek Roy scored twice for Buffalo, and Ales Kotalik added a goal.
At Sunrise, Fla., Mike Ribeiro had his first NHL hat trick, Mike Modano also scored, and Marty Turco made 27 saves for Dallas.
Karlis Skrastins scored for Florida.
At Uniondale, N.Y., Yann Danis made 39 saves, and Kyle Okposo and Kurtis McLean scored to help New York snap an eight-game losing streak.
Bobby Ryan scored for Anaheim.