Open ice, open teammates, a more wide-open style of play. No wonder Mario Lemieux likes overtime so much.
Lemieux set up Shawn Heins's first goal in nearly 21/2 years, giving the host Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over St. Louis yesterday -- their second overtime win in three games.
Dominating play in overtime, the Penguins missed several good scoring chances before Heins got the puck to Lemieux in the lower left circle. Lemieux gave it right back for Heins's backhander from the edge of the circle with 27 seconds remaining.
"There's more open ice in overtime, more opportunities," Lemieux said. "Maybe this will help get these [new] guys going, help get them some confident."
* PANTHERS 4, FLYERS 2: Roberto Luongo made 44 saves and Marcus Nilson, Matt Cullen and Kristian Huselius scored third-period goals as Florida won in Philadelphia to snap the Flyers' four-game unbeaten streak.
Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight game and extended their unbeaten string on the road to five games at 3-0-2.
"We left the game out there after the second period," Flyers Coach Ken Hitchcock railed. "Tied 1-1 in your own building going into the third, we left the game there."
* MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 3: In Montreal, Tie Domi, Nik Antropov and Gary Roberts scored late in the third period to lead Toronto and extend its winning streak to five games.
Domi tied it at 3 with 5 minutes 27 seconds left, and Antropov put the Maple Leafs ahead with 2:22 to go. Roberts scored into an empty net with 23 seconds left as Montreal won its seventh straight road game.
* SENATORS 4, PREDATORS 0: Patrick Lalime made 18 saves for his eighth shutout of the season and Magnus Arvedson scored two goals as NHL-leading Ottawa won at home. Lalime has 28 career shutouts.
"That's the best team we've played," Nashville defenseman Jason York said. "They were like hungry lions out there."
* CANUCKS 3, OILERS 2: Brendan Morrison scored in overtime to give Vancouver a win in Edmonton, extending the Canucks' club-record unbeaten streak to 12 games.
Morrison scored off Ed Jovanovski's rebound 1:22 into the extra period; it was the forward's 16th goal of the season.