The Tampa Bay Lightning are last in the NHL. But for one night, they were ahead of the Colorado Avalanche.
"Any time you beat Colorado anywhere, it is big," Tampa Bay coach Jacques Demers said after Monday night's 2-1 victory over the Avalanche, who as Pacific Division leaders were 49 points ahead of the Atlantic Division's Lightning in the league standings. "That is a great hockey club, and their club talent-for-talent is obviously superior,"Even more surprising, the Lightning managed to win in Denver. It had not won a road game in 10 previous tries (0-9-1) and had just four victories in 32 road games this season (4-25-3).
"Our guys played hard and with a lot of emotion," Demers said. "To beat Colorado, you have to do that."
Stephane Richer scored twice, including the game-winner at 3:47 of the third period, to lead the Lightning.
RANGERS 2, DEVILS 2: Wayne Gretzky's goal with 1:05 remaining in regulation lifted New York into a tie with New Jersey.
CAPITALS 5, FLAMES 2: Esa Tikkanen had two assists in his Washington debut, and Peter Bondra scored twice as the Capitals put together their first win streak in six weeks.
Theoren Fleury had two assists for the visiting Flames.
CANADIENS 6, PANTHERS 1: Andy Moog stopped 22 shots and Brian Savage scored two power-play goals to lead Montreal over Florida.
OILERS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3: Dean McAmmond scored with 42 seconds left in overtime as Edmonton won despite blowing a 3-0 third-period lead.
BLUES 4, CANUCKS 0: Jamie McLennan stopped 19 shots at Vancouver to record his second shutout in five days and extend his unbeaten streak to 12 games.
SHARKS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Shawn Burr and Patrick Marleau scored in a 1:42 span midway through the third period to lead San Jose over visiting Toronto.
KINGS 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 3, OT: Yanic Perreault tipped in Mattias Norstrom's shot on a power play with 42 seconds left in overtime as Los Angeles beat visiting Anaheim.