Roope Hintz scored twice in about two minutes in the second period to guide the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night.
Not only did the Stars erase a two-goal deficit, but they rebounded after losing all three of their games in Western Canada.
Vladislav Namestnikov scored the game-winning goal for the Texas team, which holds a four-point lead over the Vegas Golden Knights for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Golden Knights still have four games to play this season, including a crucial one in Dallas on Tuesday night.
Hintz has five goals in his last three games and has 37 goals this season. Jason Robertson prepared his two successes.
Jake Oettinger stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced and the Stars goaltender even got an assist on the tying goal.
Riley Sheahan and Yanni Gourde, with his 100th career NHL goal, scored for the Kraken. Chris Driedger made 28 saves.
The Kings win an important duel against the Ducks
Alexander Edler broke a 2-2 tie in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.
Arthur Kaliyev, Matt Roy and Alex Iafallo, in an empty net, hit the back of the net for the Kings.
In full playoff race, Los Angeles signs a fourth victory in a row and are very close to confirming their place at the spring ball.
Quinton Byfield, Anze Kopitar and Kaliyev all had two points in the Kings win.
In the loss, Trevor Zegras tied a team mark for Ducks rookie points with his 58th of the season, a record he currently shares with Bobby Ryan.
Anthony Stolarz did well in net for the Ducks with 36 saves.
Lindholm hits 40-goal plateau, Canucks’ chances slim
Dillon Dube hit the target twice, Elias Lindholm reached the 40-goal mark this season and the Calgary Flames prevailed 6-3 against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
Brett Ritchie, Nikita Zadorov and Johnny Gaudreau _ in an empty net _ also scored for the Flames (49-20-10). The Calgary roster, which has gone 9-1-1 in its last 11 games, has already secured its spot in first place in the Pacific Division.
Quinn Hughes, Conor Garland and Elias Pettersson found the back of the net for the Canucks (38-30-11), who can only qualify for the playoffs by virtue of a miracle.
With three games to go, the Canucks must pass the Nashville Predators or the Dallas Stars, who have six points more than the Canadian club, to qualify for the playoffs. The Canucks must also lead the Vegas Golden Knights, who have two points more than these.
Star goaltender Jacob Markstrom got a rare night off for the Flames when he wasn’t even on the bench. Rookie Dan Vladar stopped 28 shots and improved to 12-5-2. Dustin Wolf acted as an alternate.
Thatcher Demko made 25 saves in the loss.
Imama’s first goal; Faulk halts Coyotes’ comeback
Montreal’s Bokondji Imama scored his first in the NHL and led the way as the Arizona Coyotes’ third-period comeback was abruptly stopped in overtime by a Justin Faulk goal.
Blues 5 – Coyotes 4 (Extension)
Faulk flashed the red light 30 seconds into overtime and the St. Louis Blues extended their one-point streak to 15 games by beating the Coyotes 5-4 on Saturday.
Faulk, Logan Brown, Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad scored for the Blues, who had a 4-1 lead going into the third period.
Imama, Michael Carcone and JJ Moser scored to tie the game. Nate Smith hit the target for the Coyotes late in the first period.
Freshly recalled from the American Hockey League on Friday, Imama was playing a second game in the NHL.
Jordan Binnington stopped 16 shots and had back-to-back starts for the first time since January.
Harri Sateri stopped 27 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost their last ten games (0-8-2).
Josi becomes the first 90-point defenseman in the loss of his team
Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov moved the ropes on the power play and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Nashville Predators 6-2.
Hedman became the second defenseman in Lightning history to reach 20 goals in a season. He joined Dan Boyle, who had achieved the feat in 2006-0707.
Predators 2 – Lightning 6
Kucherov finished his night at work with a goal and two assists as Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist in the win.
Anthony Cirelli, Ross Colton and Patrick Maroon also found the back of the net for the Lightning. Brian Elliott stopped 19 pucks.
The Tampa Bay squad hold a three-point lead over the Boston Bruins in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Defensemen Roman Josi and Alexander Carrier scored on the power play for the Predators. Juuse Saros allowed six goals on 30 shots.
Josi became the first NHL defenseman to reach 90 points in a season since Raymond Bourque, who had 91 in 1993-94.
Kahkonen stands in front of the Hawks
Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 27 shots as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Saturday night.
Timo Meier had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won just their second win in their last 13 games.
Tomas Hertl, Jasper Weatherby and Nick Bonino also threaded the needle for the San Jose squad, which was outshot 28-19.
Tyler Johnson scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks. Kevin Lankinen finished the game with 15 saves.
Kahkonen recorded a second straight victory after not winning a game in his first seven starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild on March 21.