Sylvain Cote's power-play goal with 1 minute 44 seconds left in overtime lifted the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks last night in Chicago.
After a failed Vancouver clearing attempt, Cote stepped in from the left point and ripped an unscreened shot over the right shoulder of Felix Potvin.
"We weren't taking too many shots with a clear view," Cote said. "I thought [Vancouver's Mark] Messier might have deflected it up a little bit and it surprised everyone. Sometimes, surprise is a good thing. It turned out good for us."
Cote connected with only three seconds remaining in a Vancouver penalty for too many men to give Chicago its first overtime win in nine games (1-2-6) this season.
"I saw it. He just beat me clean on the stick side," said Potvin, who stopped 31 shots. "Some nights I could stop it, but he just hit the corner."
PANTHERS 4, ISLANDERS 3: Claude Lapointe shot wide on a penalty shot with 21 seconds left and host Florida held on to beat the Islanders.
Pavel Bure scored his 29th goal as the Panthers continued their solid play on home ice.
The victory wasn't secured until Mike Vernon, Florida's newly acquired goalie, got Lapointe to miss. The penalty shot was awarded after the Islanders' center was pulled down by Jaroslav Spacek on a breakaway.
On the penalty shot, Lapointe's back-hander went in between Vernon's legs and just wide of the net.
"The frustrating part is that I had him beat. I put a pretty good move on him," Lapointe said. "I think everyone in the building knew that I had him beat, but it wasn't good enough. He played it well--perfectly well."
COYOTES 3, PENGUINS 1: In Phoenix, Shane Doan broke up goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin's shutout bid in the second period.
Trevor Letowski added a power-play goal and Keith Tkachuk scored on a penalty shot in the third period.
Sean Burke improved to 3-1-1 with the Coyotes, who acquired him in a trade with Florida in November. He stopped 21 shots and weathered eight Pittsburgh power plays for the win.
"They're the most talented team in the league skill-wise, but we felt if we go out there and just hit them and bang them and get in their faces, we're going to eliminate them," said the Coyotes' Keith Tkachuk, who scored on a penalty shot.
FLAMES 2, STARS 1: Jason Wiemer scored 2:03 into overtime, giving host Calgary a league-leading eighth overtime win.
SENATORS 2, MIGHTY DUCKS 0: Ron Tugnutt earned his seventh career shutout and Vaclav Prospal scored the go-ahead goal with 8:31 left as Ottawa extended its road-unbeaten streak to five.