The Wild scored three goals in a span of 1:59 late in the third period to rally over the Anaheim Ducks and improve to 7-1-1 in January.
At 30-10-5 (65 points), the Wild moved two points ahead of the idle Blackhawks (29-14-5, 63 points) to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.
Erik Haula (2-0—2) and Jason Zucker (2-0—2) combined for four goals, while Ryan Suter (1-1—2) scored the game-winner while celebrating his 32nd birthday.
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LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS RALLY TO EXTEND POINT STREAK
Washington overcame a 3-1 deficit and Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime as the League-leading Capitals (31-9-6, 68 points) extended their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2).
Philipp Grubauer turned aside 32 shots – including an incredible blocker save on Stars forward Tyler Seguin in the third period – to extend his personal point streak to nine games (7-0-2). Grubauer improved to 9-1-2 overall (2.05 GAA, .925 SV%, 2 SO).
Nicklas Backstrom (4-12—16 in 9 GP), Alex Ovechkin (4-8—12 in 7 GP) and Andre Burakovsky (4-3—7 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks.
Washington earned their first win vs. DAL since Oct. 25, 2008 (6-5 OT W), snapping a nine-game slide (0-8-1).
OILERS ROUT FLAMES TO SWEEP BATTLE OF ALBERTA
Jordan Eberle (2-2—4) matched a career high with four points as the Oilers extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1) and swept their four-game season series vs. CGY.
The Oilers went undefeated in a season series vs. CGY (min. 4 GP) for the third time in franchise history (also 1983-84: 7-0-1 and 2000-01: 4-0-1).
Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal and leads the NHL with 16-40—56 this season (49 GP).
Laurent Brossoit, a sixth-round selection (164th overall) by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft, made 38 saves to register the first victory of his NHL career (7 GP).
ISLANDERS DEFEAT KINGS, 4-2
Anders Lee (2-0—2) scored his second goal of the contest of at 9:31 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie and lead the Islanders to their fourth win in their last five games. John Tavares (1-1—2) has scored eight goals in his last five outings (8-1—9).
KINGS ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN CAM SCHILLING FROM CHICAGO FOR FORWARD MICHAEL LATTA
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Cam Schilling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Michael Latta, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced. Schilling is expected to be assigned to Ontario (AHL).
Schilling, 28, has appeared in 40 games with Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, recording 17 points (7-10=17) and 18 penalty minutes. At the time of the trade, Schilling led IceHogs defensemen in goals and ranked second among defensemen in points and assists.
The 6-2, 182-pound native of Carmel, Indiana has appeared in six NHL games over three seasons with Chicago going scoreless with four penalty minutes. He has appeared in 323 career AHL games posting 89 points (25-64=89), a plus-37 rating and 283 penalty minutes. His seven goals this season have already tied a career-high for a single season.
Latta, 25, appeared in 29 games this season with Ontario (AHL), recording six points (2-4=6), a plus-4 rating and 67 penalty minutes. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent, July 1, 2016.
SATURDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
WINNIPEG 5, St. Louis 3
COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2
Ottawa 3, TORONTO 2 (SO)
Buffalo 3, MONTREAL 2 (OT)
NY ISLANDERS 4, Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
ARIZONA 5, Tampa Bay 3
Washington 4, DALLAS 3 (OT)
MINNESOTA 5, Anaheim 3
Edmonton 7, CALGARY 3
SAN JOSE 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
SUNDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
NY Rangers @ Detroit, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Boston @ Pittsburgh, 3 p.m., SN, NHLN-US, ROOT, NESN
Columbus @ Ottawa, 5 p.m., RDS2, TSN5, FS-O
Philadelphia @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., MSG+, CSN-PH
Vancouver @ Chicago, 7:30 p.m., SN, NHLN-US, WGN
Nashville @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-WI, FS-N+, FS-TN
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services