Montoya helps Panthers to shoot-out win, Stars edge Predators


The Florida Panthers won their sixth-straight shoot-out thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL on Monday.

Florida's form in shoot-outs should come as no surprise, such is the calibre of goaltender Al Montoya - who made 31 saves throughout the game - while Jussi Jokinen was on hand to score the game-winner in the fifth round of the shoot-out.

Jaromir Jagr was playing on his 44th birthday and had a good chance to open the scoring, but it was Nick Bjugstad who netted the opener for the Panthers.

The Penguins peppered the Panthers goal with shots but could not get past Montoya until deep in the third period when Chris Kunitz sent the game into overtime.

Mattias Janmark scored the winner as the Dallas Stars trumped the Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime.

The Stars fought back from Craig Smith's first-period opener and went 2-1 up in the second courtesy of goals from Cody Eakin and Ales Hemsky, but were forced to overtime after Filip Forsberg equalised.

Elsewhere, Stanley Cup holders the Chicago Blackhawks were at their best in a 7-2 demolition of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Patrick Kane scored this 34th goal of the season and picked up three assists as he inspired a crushing performance from the Blackhawks.

The Detroit Red Wings fell 4-1 to the New York Islanders.

The Calgary Flames gave a good account of themselves but were undone by a leaky defence as the Anaheim Ducks triumphed 6-4, the Arizona Coyotes were dominant in a 6-2 thrashing of the Montreal Canadiens, while the Minnesota Wild crushed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.