They've got a rookie goalie, an injured captain and a star in exile, but if recent history is any indication none of those factors will come between the Predators and a fifth straight playoff appearance. Sullivan one-timed a shot from the left-wing faceoff circle past Kings goalie Jon Quick to give Nashville a 4-3 victory in overtime Saturday. He also picked up two assists in regulation, the second of which resulted in career point No. 600 on a Shea Weber goal. The come-from-behind win allowed the Preds to improve to 4-0-3 in their last seven while jumping into seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race.
Mike Ribeiro's between-the-legs goal might have been the play of the night, but Stillman's Panthers had the last laugh in a 6-3 Florida victory. Stillman's 250th career goal tied the game 1-1 in the second period, and the veteran winger assisted on one of Florida's two goals in the final minute of the second period in what would finish as a three-point night. Talk about teams heading in different directions in their respective conferences – Dallas fell to 0-5-1 in its last six while the Panthers inched closer to eighth in the East with a second straight road win.
Give Tuomo Ruutu a career-high 24 goals and credit the Hurricanes with a season-best six-game winning streak after Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Devils. Ruutu banged one past Martin Brodeur at 16:26 of the third period, just moments after the New Jersey goaltender, who made 46 saves, had thought he earned a whistle by freezing the puck. Carolina now sits just one point behind the Flyers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Honorable mention: Sidney Crosby's game-winner extended his point streak to 15 games in a 4-3 Pittsburgh win over the Rangers. The Pens are 5-1-1 on a franchise-record eight-game road trip. … Martin Erat also helped the Nashville cause with a career-high four assists, reaching 300 points in the process. … Cal O'Reilly scored his first career goal for the Predators. … Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk reached the 40-goal mark for the fifth straight year in a 6-3 victory over the Senators. … Johan Hedberg registered career win No. 100 for the Thrashers. … Ryan Miller improved to 2-0 since returning from his ankle injury and was a perfect 6-for-6 in the shootout in a 4-3 win over Montreal. … Martin Biron won his 11th straight against the Islanders in a 4-3 shootout win for the Flyers. … Tom Cavanagh got his first NHL goal in the Sharks' 3-2 win over Phoenix.
Dishonorable mention: The Penguins and Rangers were a combined 0-for-14 on the power-play. Pittsburgh couldn't capitalize on 13 minutes of man-advantage time. … Alex Auld relieved Brian Elliott in Ottawa's 6-3 loss and allowed a goal on the first shot he faced. … Leafs rookie Justin Pogge allowed six goals on 20 shots roughly 24 hours after veteran Curtis Joseph was pulled after surrendering four on nine shots. Hurry back, Martin Gerber.