CHICAGO (AP) -Cristobal Huet stopped 26 shots, and Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the New Jersey Devils, 5-1 on Thursday night.
Troy Brouwer, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd and John Madden also scored for Chicago, which improved to 57 points, remaining two behind NHL-leading San Jose. The Blackhawks won for the fourth time in five games and are 8-2-0 in their last 10.
Huet lost a bid for his fourth shutout when Jamie Langenbrunner scored with 1:33 left in the third.
New Jersey, which also has 57 points, is still in first place in the East after only its second loss in nine games.
DETROIT (AP) - Ville Leino's goal with 3:52 left broke a tie, and Darren Helm scored two short-handed goals to lift Detroit over Colorado.
Pavel Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, which had been shut out in three of four games. Jimmy Howard made 20 saves.
Brandon Yip netted both Colorado goals. Matt Duchene and Darcy Tucker each had two assists, and Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - David Legwand scored 28 seconds into overtime to give Nashville a victory over Columbus.
Joel Ward, who also assisted on Andreas Thuresson's tying goal in the third period, stole the puck from defenseman Mathieu Roy to the left of the net. Ward tapped a pass backward to Legwand in the low slot for his ninth of the season.
The Predators are 22-2-1 against the Blue Jackets over the last four years.
Dan Ellis had 31 saves for the Predators. The only goal he surrendered was to Raffi Torres in the first period.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ryan Clowe scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round to lift San Jose to its seventh straight win.
Phoenix had its franchise-record 10-game winning streak snapped.
Dan Boyle netted his 100th NHL goal, and Kent Huskins also scored for the Sharks, who beat the Coyotes in the shootout for the second time in four games.
Scottie Upshall and Taylor Pyatt scored for the Coyotes.
OTTAWA (AP) - Ryan Shannon scored the decisive shootout goal to lift Ottawa over New York.
Shannon, who ended a three-game goal streak, delivered Ottawa's third straight shootout tally after Alex Kovalev and Mike Fisher also beat Dwayne Roloson with the Senators' first two shots.
Pascal Leclaire stopped John Tavares on the Islanders' final attempt after Frans Nielsen and Rob Schremp scored on New York's first two shots.
Chris Kelly and Peter Regin scored second-period goals for Ottawa, which was without top players Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. The Senators have won three of four.
DALLAS (AP) - Loui Eriksson scored three goals for his second career hat trick, and Dallas won consecutive games for the first time since home victories over New Jersey and Carolina on Nov. 21 and 23.
Eriksson had a chance for a fourth goal with 8 minutes left, but his shot on a short-handed breakaway glanced off the right goal post.
Brad Richards had a power-play goal and two assists, and Stephane Robidas added a goal for the Stars, 8-1-2 in their last 11 at home.
Saku Koivu scored twice, and Mike Brown added a goal for the Ducks.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Brandon Dubinsky's goal at 11:49 of the third off an assist from Marian Gaborik gave New York the victory over Carolina.
Gaborik, who has 26 goals this season, is the fourth NHL player to reach 50 points this season. He assisted on both goals. Erik Christensen, moved up to center the top line between Gaborik and Dubinsky, added a goal and an assist. Those were his first two points of the season.
The Rangers outshot the Hurricanes 35-18, and Henrik Lundqvist earned his 17th win. Carolina's Cam Ward fell to 5-14-5.
Carolina (10-23-7), last in the NHL with 27 points, fell to 1-8-2 when tied after two periods.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Christian Ehrhoff scored a power-play goal 2:24 into overtime, and Vancouver rallied from three goals down to beat St. Louis.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist, and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for the Canucks, 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. Vancouver defeated the Blues for the first time in three games this season. Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots.
Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist, and Brad Boyes had two assists for St. Louis, 0-3-1 in its last four games.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Marc-Andre Bergeron and Benoit Pouliot scored in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the third period to lift Montreal over Florida. The Canadiens, who haven't played at home since Dec. 17, won six of seven on their long road trip.
Bergeron scored during Montreal's 5-on-3 power play to give the Canadiens a 4-3 lead 1:52 into the third. Pouliot stretched the advantage to two goals 2:37 later.
Radek Dvorak brought Florida within 5-4 at 6:03.
Andrei Markov added three assists for Montreal, which trailed 2-1 after the first period but went ahead 3-2 in the second. Michael Frolik got the Panthers even heading into the third.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Alexander Frolov scored twice and Michal Handzus added a goal and an assist as Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Minnesota.
Brad Richardson and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Kings, 5-2-1 on the second night of back-to-back games. The Kings didn't arrive in Minnesota until early Thursday morning after playing a hard-hitting game at Calgary on Wednesday.
Andrew Brunette and Owen Nolan scored for Minnesota, which failed to close out a strong December with a win. After starting 3-9, the Wild have picked up their play. They were 10-4 in December before losing their final two games.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Curtis Glencross tipped in a point shot by Mark Giordano during a third-period power play to lead Calgary over Edmonton.
Craig Conroy also scored for the Flames, who have won three straight after a 3-6-2 start to December.
Shawn Horcoff scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Wednesday.
Playing in just his seventh game of the season, Calgary's Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 shots to improve to 3-2. Edmonton's Jeff Deslauriers made 37 saves in a losing cause.