CHICAGO – Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in an eight-round shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night.
Kesler fired a high shot past Antti Raanta to help Vancouver end a two-game losing streak. Mike Santorelli was successful in the first round as the Canucks improved to 2-4 in shootouts.
Patrick Sharp had Chicago’s only shootout score against Eddie Lack.
Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin tied it at 2 with 9:12 left in the third period. Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 21st goal and set up Kris Versteeg’s score in regulation.
Kane has six goals and 14 assists during an 11-game point streak, helping him climb into second in the NHL scoring race behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby. He also has at least one point in 23 of his last 24 games.
Lack and Raanta, a pair of rookie backup goalies, were sharp.
Lack made 24 saves through overtime in his seventh start this season and the 10th game of his career.
Raanta had 22 stops in his sixth straight start, all since Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 8.
The Canucks killed all four Chicago power plays to improve to 30 for their last 31 on the penalty kill. Vancouver ended Chicago’s 10-game power-play goal run.
CAPITALS 4, HURRICANES 2: In Raleigh, N.C., Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist, and Washington scored three power-play goals in the second period as it won for the fifth time in seven games.
Marcus Johansson and John Carlson also scored with the man advantage and Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all four goals for the second-place Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal into an empty net with 24.5 seconds left.
ISLANDERS 5, RANGERS 3: In New York, Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and New York earned its first regulation victory in more than a month.
Vanek scored during a two-man advantage at 1:18 of the third to give the Islanders just their second win in 15 games and first in regulation since Nov. 12 against Nashville.
DUCKS 3, DEVILS 2, OT: In Newark, N.J., Kyle Palmieri scored at 2:37 of overtime, and Anaheim extended its winning streak to seven.
Palmieri, from nearby Montvale, N.J., swung around Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and circled behind the New Jersey goal. He then tucked a wraparound behind goaltender Cory Schneider.
Mathieu Perreault and Cam Fowler also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks.
JETS 5, PANTHERS 2: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Evander Kane, Michael Frolik and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist, helping Winnipeg snap Florida’s five-game winning streak.
Toby Enstrom and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg in its first home win since Nov. 15.
Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers. Both goals were unassisted, and thanks to giveaways by the Jets deep in their own zone.