CHICAGO – Jonathan Toews and rookie Brandon Pirri scored in a four-round shootout, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
Radim Vrbata had the lone shootout goal for Phoenix, 7-1-1 in its last nine games.
Pirri tied the score at 4 3 minutes into the third, and 4 seconds after a Chicago power play had elapsed. He connected on a midair deflection of Brent Seabrook’s drive from the top of the circle.
Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who extended their point streak to eight games (7-0-1).
Chicago fired a season-high 52 shots through overtime at Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
Phoenix defenseman Michael Stone scored two goals for the first time in his career as the Coyotes overcame an early two-goal deficit to earn a point.
Shane Doan and Lauri Korpikoski also scored for Phoenix. At 13-4-3, the Coyotes are off to their best start since 1998-99 when they were 15-3-2 after 20 games.
Smith made 48 saves and Chicago’s Corey Crawford had 26 in a wide-open, back-and-forth game.
The 52 shots allowed by the Coyotes through overtime also were a season high. Smith entered having faced an NHL-high 555 shots.
Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek left after five shifts in the first period with a lower-body injury.
After the game, the Blackhawks announced they had acquired forwards Kris Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre from Florida for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.
BRUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, OT: In Boston, Milan Lucic scored on a breakaway with 49 seconds left in overtime to lift Boston.
Lucic blocked Cam Atkinson’s shot just inside the blue line and the puck took a big bounce toward the Columbus end with nobody between Lucic and Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobvrosky.
Lucic corralled the puck and poked a shot between Bobvrosky’s pads.
KINGS 3, ISLANDERS 2: In Uniondale, N.Y., Tyler Toffoli deflected in the winning goal with 1:27 left as Los Angeles scored three times in the third period to win.
Toffoli tipped in Jake Muzzin’s drive past surprised goalie Kevin Poulin to cap the comeback. Tanner Pearson had tied it at 2 with 7:45 left with a power-play goal in his first NHL regular-season game. Slava Voynov started the turnaround for the Kings at 5:34 of the third.
LIGHTNING 5, DUCKS 1: In Tampa, Fla., Valtteri Filppula had two goals and an assist, and goalie Ben Bishop won his 13th game this season to lead Tampa Bay.
Martin St. Louis added a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who played their first home game and second overall – both victories – without star Steven Stamkos. The center, out indefinitely after breaking his right leg Monday, had surgery Tuesday in Boston and returned to Florida on Thursday.
BLUES 7, AVALANCHE 3: In St. Louis, Alexander Steen scored his league-leading 15th and 16th goals to lead St. Louis. Steen has a point in 12 successive games, a career high.
St. Louis has won seven of nine and is off to the fastest start in franchise history with 12 wins in its first 17 games.
Derek Roy, David Backes, Vladimir Tarasenko, Chris Stewart and Jay Bouwmeester also scored for the Blues, who have won their last five home meetings with the Avalanche.