Brad Richardson and Justin Williams scored third-period goals just over a minute apart to help lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Stars Sunday night in Dallas.
Jeff Carter also scored his 20th goal of the season for Los Angeles, which has lost just once in regulation in Dallas in its last 14 visits (11-1-2).
Richardson’s goal was particularly impressive, since he was playing his first game since Feb. 10 and third of the season overall after sitting out as a healthy scratch the other 32 contests. Jonathan Bernier needed to make just 15 saves for the Kings, and remained unbeaten — 8-0-0 — in his starts this season.
Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney scored for Dallas, which had won both previous meetings between the Pacific Division rivals this season by a combined score of 7-2. Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves in his 14th consecutive start.
Whitney’s goal came on the power play. Dallas has converted on six of its last 15 opportunities over the past four games.
Blue Jackets 2, Ducks 1 — Mark Letestu set up the only goal in regulation and scored the winner in overtime, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead host Columbus past Anaheim.
With the victory, the Blue Jackets improved to 9-0-3 in their last 12 games at Nationwide Arena and gave them points in 15 of their last 17 games (10-2-5) to crawl into playoff contention in the West.
Flyers 5, Capitals 4 — Ruslan Fedotenko scored 1:34 into overtime after Kimmo Timonen got the tying goal with 9.5 seconds left in regulation as Philadelphia beat visiting Washington.
Maxime Talbot, Matt Read, and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers, who moved within two points of the idle Rangers and Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Capitals are a point ahead of Philadelphia in a jumbled East.
Blackhawks 7, Red Wings 1 — Brandon Saad had two goals and an assist and Dave Bolland scored twice in Chicago’s rout in Detroit.
Jonathan Toews added a goal and two assists and Jeremy Morin and Nick Leddy also scored for Chicago.