Alex Stalock stopped 38 shots in his first NHL start to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Senators on Sunday in Ottawa.
The 26-year-old Stalock was solid throughout, including making 16 saves in the first period to help the Sharks forge a 3-1 lead.
Tomas Hertl, Andrew Desjardins, Tommy Wingels, James Sheppard, and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks (10-1-1), who played the fourth game of a five-game road trip.
The Senators (4-5-2) got goals from Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot, who netted his first of the season. Craig Anderson made 24 saves.
Both teams appeared tired in the third period even though only the Sharks played on Saturday.
The Senators’ lack of urgency proved costly as the Sharks scored two early third-period goals to put the game away.
Sheppard scored his first of the season when he beat Anderson far side. Pavelski made it 5-2 by converting a rebound.
Trailing, 3-1, to start the second period, the Senators got within a goal when Methot fired in a shot from just inside the blue line.
Hertl opened the scoring just 1:16 in when the puck bounced over the stick of Senators defenseman Joe Corvo, allowing Hertl to quickly put a shot between Anderson’s legs.
Just over five minutes later, sloppy play by the Senators in their end allowed Desjardins to make it 2-0.
He picked up a rebound and scored off his backhand.
Ottawa cut the lead in half midway through the period when Karlsson scored through traffic. With Cory Conacher creating a screen, Stalock barely had a chance to see the shot until it was behind him.
Any momentum gained from the goal was lost after the Senators gave up a shorthanded goal with less than two minutes left in the period.
Avalanche 3, Jets 2 — Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the third period, Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, and streaking Colorado beat Winnipeg in Denver.
Matt Duchene and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who, under Patrick Roy, are 10-1 for the first time in franchise history. Gabriel Landeskog added two assists.
Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little had a goal and assist each for the Jets.
The Avalanche trailed, 2-1, entering the third but came out strong at the start of the period. They put nine quick shots on goalie Al Montoya before Hejda tied it with 12:47 left on an assist by Stastny.
Stastny netted the winner with 5:28 left to give Colorado its fourth straight victory.
Lightning 4, Panthers 3 — In Sunrise, Fla., Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula scored in the shootout to give Tampa Bay the win.
Stamkos made some nice moves and slipped the puck past Jacob Markstrom on his left side for the deciding goal.
Stamkos, Radko Gudas, and Martin St Louis scored in regulation for Tampa, which has won five of six. Anders Lindback stopped 29 shots and turned aside three of four shooters in the tiebreaker. Stamkos also had an assist.
Brad Boyes, Nick Bjugstad, and Shawn Matthias scored, and Markstrom made 25 saves for Florida. Boyes also had a shootout goal. Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Dmitry Kulikov all missed.
Kings 2, Oilers 1 — Anze Kopitar scored the deciding goal in a shootout and Los Angeles beat visiting Edmonton for its seventh victory in nine games.
The Kings outshot the Oilers, 48-18. Nail Yakupov scored for Edmonton on a power play in the second and Mike Richards tied it less than 14 minutes later.
The Kings are 5-0 in games that have gone past regulation.
Richard Bachman made a career-high 47 saves in his Oilers debut after getting recalled Sunday from Oklahoma City.
Ducks 4, Blue Jackets 3 — Corey Perry scored with 2:25 remaining in the third period as Anaheim ended host Columbus’s three-game winning streak.