The Sharks forward had two goals and two assists in the third period, leading San Jose to an 8-5 victory after trailing the Nashville Predators 4-2 after two. Patrick Marleau's(notes) 40th goal and Jay Leach's(notes) empty-netter capped the scoring, but this incredible Pavelski spin-o-rama goal broke a 5-5 tie:
Kipper made 33 saves, including 17 in the third period, earning his fourth shutout of the season and giving the Flames a big 2-0 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators. A case of a goalie bailing out his team.
Pothier took a pass from the corner from Ray Whitney(notes) and ripped a shot past his former Washington Capitals teammate Brent Johnson(notes) to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pothier also had a helper on Whitney's first-period goal. Eric Staal(notes) scored his 21st and Zach Boychuk(notes) his second for the Canes; Bill Guerin(notes), Jordan Staal(notes) and Mr. Popularity Matt Cooke(notes) tallied for the Penguins.
Honorable mention: Craig Anderson(notes) stopped all 27 shots in shutting out his former team, as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-0. Paul Stastny(notes) had two goals. ... Tyler Bozak(notes) scored a goal made a nice play in overtime to spring a 2-on-1 break that Phil Kessel(notes) converted to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 OT victory against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos(notes) scored his 42nd goal. Viktor Stalberg(notes) scored twice for the Leafs. ... Despite holding 17-1 shot advantage in the third period, the Atlanta Thrashers couldn't rally against Mathieu Garon(notes) (28 saves) and the Columbus Blue Jackets, who won 2-1. ... The St. Louis Blues won for the sixth time in seven games, taking a 2-1 shootout decision from the New York Islanders. Chris Mason(notes) made two shootout saves and 29 for the game; Marty Biron had 35 for the Isles. ... The Boston Bruins located their offense for a night, as Patrice Bergeron(notes) had three points in a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jeff Carter(notes) scored his 32nd for the Flyers. ... Solid win for the Detroit Red Wings over the Minnesota Wild, 5-1, as Johan Franzen(notes) had two goals and Henrik Zetterberg(notes) had a 3-point night. ... Unpredictable game between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers, as the two played to a 4-4 tie and a five-round shootout that Andrei Kostitsyn(notes) eventually won for the 5-4 Habs victory. Jaroslav Halak(notes) turned aside five shots in the skills competition.
Did you know? The Bruins are one of two NHL franchises with a winning record against the Flyers, at the 81-61-21-6. Montreal is the other. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Michael Leighton(notes) was pulled after giving up four goals on 25 shots, but Coach Peter Laviolette said: "You go back and look at the goals, our defense was porous." ... Shea Weber(notes) of the Predators was a minus-5; Ryan Suter(notes)? He was a minus-6. ... Dan Ellis(notes) allowed four goals on 12 shots in the third period for Nashville before being yanked for Pekka Rinne(notes). ... Both Ottawa and Minnesota were 0-for-5 on the power play.