SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Troy Brouwer scored his second goal of the game 1:37 into overtime to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the San Jose Sharks in a matchup between the NHL's top two teams.
Brouwer scored one of three first-period goals for Chicago, which took a 3-0 lead before the midway point of the frame but needed overtime to beat the Sharks for the third time in four meetings.
The Sharks managed to stay one point ahead of Chicago for the most points in the NHL.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Cam Ward made 26 saves, and new captain Eric Staal scored his third goal in two games as Carolina won its third straight by beating the New York Islanders.
Matt Cullen, Stephane Yelle and Jussi Jokinen added goals for the surging Hurricanes, who have won four of five. Since replacing Rod Brind'Amour as captain on Jan. 21, Staal has eight goals in five games.
Ward has only allowed three goals in his last three games.
Matt Moulson scored his 20th goal this season with 4:31 remaining to spoil Ward's shutout bid. Rick DiPietro made 19 saves for the Islanders, who have lost three consecutive games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Anze Kopitar scored his 100th and 101st career goals and Los Angeles tied a season high with its fourth straight win.
Jonathan Quick was at his best during a Columbus blitz in the opening 2 minutes, stopping seven shots at the outset on his way to 29 saves.
Matt Greene and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Kings, who have won four straight for the fourth time this season. Los Angeles have won five straight on the road.
Antoine Vermette ended Quick's shutout bid with his 17th goal midway through the third period.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Brian Elliot made 30 saves to win his sixth consecutive start and Ottawa tied a club record with its eighth straight win.
Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno scored for the Senators, who matched the Washington Capitals for the NHL's longest active winning streak. It is Ottawa's longest run since Oct. 13-Nov. 6, 2007.
Elliott has been in the nets for the last six Senators victories, allowing only six goals during that span.
Evgeni Malkin scored 1:34 in for the Penguins, who had won three of four. Pittsburgh's lead over the Senators for fourth place in the Eastern Conference was trimmed to three points.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jim Slater's second goal of the game snapped a tie and lifted Atlanta over Philadelphia.
The Thrashers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to hand Philadelphia its first loss when leading after two periods. The Flyers were 22-0.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Rich Peverley also scored for the Thrashers, and Evander Kane set up both of Slater's goals with nifty wraparound passes. Atlanta moved one point ahead of the Flyers, who entered the night in a four-way tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Claude Giroux, Arron Asham and Dan Carcillo had goals for Philadelphia, 11-5-1 in its last 17 games.
During the Thrashers' 10-year history, the Flyers are 29-5-4 against them, including 14-2-3 at home.
DENVER (AP) - Martin Havlat's goal with 4:49 left sent Minnesota over Colorado, denying Craig Anderson another shutout and handing the Avalanche their first loss since Jan. 8 at Carolina.
Anderson was going for his third shutout in four games. His shutout streak ended at 126 minutes, 24 seconds.
Anderson, who finished with 25 saves, was pulled with 2:29 left when the Avs had a power play, but Josh Harding had two of his 29 saves during the power play to cap his first shutout of the season. The Wild have won five of six games against the Avalanche this season.
Anderson had allowed only one goal in 304 minutes, 25 seconds before Havlat scored.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Coyotes blew a two-goal, second-period lead, but Robert Lang and Lauri Korpikoski scored in the shootout as Phoenix sent Calgary to its ninth straight loss.
Keith Yandle and Shane Doan scored in regulation for the Coyotes, 21-1-2 when leading after two periods. Phoenix earned its 31st win of the season in its 54th game, the fastest the Coyotes have reached that total in the 30-year history of the franchise.
Mark Giordano and rookie Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames, who are their longest losing streak since dropping 11 straight during December and January of the 1985-86 season.
Backlund and Olli Jokinen were stopped in the shootout by Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov, who earned a career-best 28th win.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Eric Brewer and Alexander Steen had goals as St. Louis handed Edmonton its 12th straight loss.
The Blues are 15-8-4 on the road.
Dustin Penner scored for the Oilers (16-30-6), who are on an 0-10-2 skid and have dropped 19 of 20. Edmonton is approaching the franchise record winless streak of 14 games set in 1993 (0-13-1).
Edmonton has the fewest points in the NHL, five behind Carolina. The Oilers have won only once in their last 16 at home.