Oilers escape Panthers comeback, Crosby on form again


A third period fightback was not enough for the Florida Panthers to avoid a fourth-straight loss in the NHL, going down 4-2 at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

Goals from Taylor Hall (2) and Jordan Eberle had the Oilers 3-0 up early in the second period, but what was starting to look like an easy win soon became a scrap as Reilly Smith and Quinton Snowden scored two goals in the opening six minutes of the third period as the Panthers piled on the pressure.

Had it not been for the heroics of Oilers Cam Talbot, the Panthers might have tied the game, but the goaltender was in imperious form, making 33 saves, before Teddy Purcell scored his 10th of the season when he slotted into an empty net to seal the win.

The St. Louis Blues continued their return to form with a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The win was the Blues' fourth win in five games having previously lost five in succession.

Sidney Crosby notched his 18th point in 14 games when he assisted Chris Kuntiz's goal, which cancelled out Alexander Steen's opener for the Penguins.

Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins 2-1 up with his 20th goal of the season, before Vladimir Tarasenko, Troy Brouwer, Paul Stastny and Kevin Shatternkirk ensured a dominant performance was reflected on the score-line.

The Colorado Avalanche had goaltender Semyon Varlamov to thank for his 37 saves on the way to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, while the Buffalo Sabres accounted for the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 thanks in large part to two assists from Rasmus Ristolainen.

A late Zack Smith goal for the Ottawa Senators forced overtime against the San Jose Sharks with the scores locked 3-3 at full-time, befoer Mika Zibanjejad won the shootout to seal a 21st win of the season for the Senators.