In NHL action on Thursday, the St. Louis Blues blew out the New York Islanders, the Winnipeg Jets needed a shootout to trump the Minnesota Wild, and the Dallas Stars topped the Calgary Flames in overtime.
The Blues didn't get the first goal in their 5-1 triumph over the Islanders — that belonged to New York's Frans Nielsen, who scored just 59 seconds into the first period. But St. Louis got the next and last five in the first two periods, with five different players scoring them. T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for the Blues, while Alex Pietrangelo assisted on three goals.
The Jets' 4-3 shootout win came after a back-and-forth contest. The teams took turns scoring a single goal in all three periods, with the Wild scoring first in the first and third and Winnipeg returning the favor in the second period. But Evander Kane, who scored two goals and had an assist in regulation, also had the last word for the Jets, scoring on Niklas Backstrom in the fourth round of the shootout to secure two points for Winnipeg. Devin Setoguchi matched Kane with two goals and an assist of his own for the Wild.
Mike Ribeiro's goal was not only the last of Dallas' 3-2 overtime win over the Calgary Flames, but also the prettiest. The video, via Defending Big D:
That marvelous bit of stick-handling and playmaking came with just over two minutes left in overtime, and gave the Stars an important two points in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Stars sit in 10th place after the game, just two points behind ninth-place Calgary.