Edmonton rookie Andrew Cogliano's knack for scoring in overtime has given the Oilers three straight wins. San Jose's penchant for success on the road has translated into a franchise-record 10-game winning streak.
Cogliano scored in overtime for an NHL-record third consecutive game, and the Oilers defeated the visiting St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Tuesday night. His goal came 4.9 seconds before the game would have gone to a shootout.
"It was pretty shocking," said Cogliano, who has 16 goals in 70 games this season. "It's hard to believe something like this, it's certainly a feeling I will remember for the rest of my life.
"Things like this don't happen often. I think I've just been really lucky to have those opportunities go in for me. But yeah, three in a row, that feels pretty good."
In Tuesday night's other NHL games it was: Colorado 5, Atlanta 2; Ottawa 4, Boston 1; Detroit 3, Chicago 1; Montreal 4, New Jersey 0; Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3 in overtime; Tampa Bay 8, N.Y. Islanders 4; and Phoenix 3, Anaheim 2 in a shootout.
Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves, and Joe Pavelski and Milan Michalek each scored for the Sharks in a 2-1 victory at Nashville.
"When you basically outshoot a team in their own building, with as long as we have been on the road, that says a lot about our character and determination right now," coach Ron Wilson said of the Sharks, who had a 42-27 advantage in shots.
With the win, the Sharks finished up a stretch in which they played 11 of 13 games away from San Jose. They have the best road record in the NHL at 25-8-3.
"We really came out flat, but we picked it up in the second period," San Jose defenseman Doug Murray said. "The guys did a good job of taking over the game."
Nabokov leads the NHL with 40 wins. He won all four games against the Predators this season.
"He has been not only good against this team, but against the rest of the league," Predators goalie Dan Ellis said. "His defense really helps him out. They limit a lot of the quality chances."
Gagner, Zack Stortini and Jarret Stoll had the other Oilers goals while the visiting Blues got goals from Andy McDonald, Lee Stempniak and Brad Boyes.
"That was a wild game," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Kind of hard on the heart for this time of year. You take a 3-0 lead and you think maybe it is going to be an easy night for us. We have a young team and you got seduced into thinking it's going to be point night. Hopefully, we have learned a lesson here."
It was the Oilers' seventh win in eight games, and fourth consecutive loss for the Blues, who have lost 10 of 11.
"Obviously we scouted the two previous wins and saw the Columbus one and saw the one in Chicago, and he was on the ice and put the puck on his stick with a few seconds left in the hockey game, so good for him, but I didn't really enjoy watching it," Blues coach Andy Murray said.
At Montreal, Carey Price made 38 saves for his second shutout, and Bryan Smolinski and Saku Koivu scored first-period goals as the Canadiens moved ahead of the Devils into first place in the Eastern Conference.
At Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period and the NHL-leading Red Wings have won four straight after enduring their worst slump in nearly two decades.
Detroit's Kirk Maltby scored in the first period and Johan Franzen added an empty-net goal in the final minute. Chris Osgood made 19 saves, including one against former Red Wing Robert Lang on a penalty shot midway through the game.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 44 saves.
At Atlanta, Andrew Brunette scored two goals, and Joe Sakic and rookie David Jones each had a goal and two assists as the Avalanche moved into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division.
Colorado has won 10 of 14 on the road and seven of eight overall.
At Tampa, Fla., Vincent Lecavalier scored three goals and Michel Ouellet added two.
Lightning coach John Tortorella moved past Bob Johnson to become the winningest American-born NHL coach with 235 victories.
New York goalie Rick DiPietro allowed eight goals on 44 shots.
At Ottawa, Dany Heatley scored three goals and set up another.
Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, and Andrej Meszaros added two assists.
Goalie Martin Gerber made 28 saves. He lost his shutout bid when Glen Murray scored with less than three minutes to play in the third period.
At Toronto, Pavel Kubina scored 4:04 into overtime to complete Toronto's comeback from a three-goal deficit.
Mats Sundin, Kubina and Jeremy Williams scored third-period goals for the Maple Leafs. Scottie Upshall, Braydon Coburn and Daniel Briere scored for Philadelphia.
At Glendale, Ariz., Radim Vrbata scored the only goal of the shootout.
The Coyotes rallied from 2-0 down behind goals from Shane Doan and Keith Yandle and killed a penalty in overtime.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 35 saves, and stopped Todd Bertuzzi, Todd Marchant and Chris Pronger in the shootout.