PITTSBURGH — David Desharnais scored the lone goal in the shootout, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a wild 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj, in his second straight start for injured starter Carey Price, stopped Penguins shooters James Neal and Sidney Crosby before denying Evgeni Malkin’s slap shot for the win.
Crosby, who leads the NHL with 80 points, scored his 29th and added an assist.
Sharks 7, Flyers 3
PHILADELPHIA — Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals scored, and Raffi Torres and Logan Couture each tallied twice in their return to the lineup following injuries as San Jose defeated Philadelphia.
Pavelski, one of four Sharks Olympians, scored all three of his goals in a dominating second period when San Jose outscored the Flyers 5-0.
Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Lubomir Visnovsky scored 1:55 into overtime as New York Islanders outlasted Toronto.
Visnovsky’s winner came after Anders Lee scored two tying goals for the Islanders in a see-saw third period in which the teams combined for five goals in a nine-minute span. Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for New York.
Rangers 2, Blackhawks 1
NEW YORK — Cam Talbot, subbing for resting Olympian Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots, and Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored as New York returned from the Sochi break with a victory.
Talbot got the nod after Lundqvist received extended work in Sweden’s run to the gold medal game in the Olympics. Talbot made the most of his opportunity, getting his 11th career win in 18 NHL games, all this season.
Devils 5, Blue Jackets 2
NEWARK, N.J. — Adam Henrique scored twice, Jaromir Jagr netted the 699th goal of his career and New Jersey had a rare goal-scoring binge in defeating Columbus.
Ryane Clowe also scored and the special teams tallied twice on the power play and once shorthanded as the Devils opened the post-Olympic break with a much-needed win if it wants to make the playoffs after missing last season.
Predators 3, Lightning 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal at 13:56 of the third period to lift Nashville Predators to a victory over Tampa Bay.
Matt Cullen and Roman Josi also scored power-play goals to help Nashville snap a three-game losing streak. The three man advantage goals were a season high for the Predators.
Martin St. Louis had both goals for the Lightning, losers of three of their last four.
Capitals 5, Panthers 4
SUNRISE, Fla. — Alex Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had two assists and Troy Brouwer had two power-play goals, lifting Washington to a victory over Florida.
Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich also tallied for the Capitals and Braden Holtby made 30 saves.
Brad Boyes scored twice for Florida, and Jimmy Hayes and Tomas Fleischmann also had goals. Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots.
Red Wings 6, Senators 1
OTTAWA, Ontario — Johan Franzen scored three goals as Detroit defeated Ottawa.
Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar also scored, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 37 shots for the Red Wings, who have a five-point lead over the Senators for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Bobby Ryan scored the lone goal for the Senators, who were playing their first game since the Olympic break. Robin Lehner allowed six goals on 15 shots before Andrew Hammond made his NHL debut, stopping all nine shots he faced.