Blues edge past Blackhawks, Kings hold off Capitals


Kevin Shattenkirk was the hero as the St. Louis Blues prevailed 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks after a shoot-out on Wednesday. 

Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd gave the visitors the lead 1 minute, 14 seconds into the second period but the Blues struck back in the third.

David Backes tied things up at 08:46 into the final period and Troy Brouwer put the Blues ahead less than five minutes later. 

Rookie Artemi Panarin tied the game again late in the third period to send the game into overtime and it took until the sixth round of the shoot-out for a winner to be decided, with Shattenkirk proving the hero for the Blues. 

The Los Angeles Kings survived a late fightback from the Washington Capitals to secure a 4-3 overtime win.

The Kings scored three times in the opening period, through Vincent Lecavalier, Jake Muzzin and Milan Lucic, but the Capitals showed they never give in with a faultless third period display.

Goals to T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Dmitry Orlov saw the game tied at 3-3 and sent into OT, but a lapse in defence saw the Kings seal victory through Jeff Carter. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs broke their six-game losing streak after a 4-3 shoot-out win over the New York Islanders. 

The Maple Leafs had to come from behind twice to send the game into OT, where Nikita Soshnikov scored the winner. 

Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks saw their 14-game streak without a regulation loss come to an end after suffering a 3-0 defeat against the Colorado Avalanche.

In other results across the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in overtime, and the Calgary Flames edged the Nashville Predators by the same result.