NEW YORK (AP) — Two days after breaking through with their highest scoring burst of the season, the Nashville Predators needed a strong defensive effort to pull out another win and keep rolling.
Viktor Arvidsson scored early in the second period, Jusse Saros stopped 24 shots and the Predators held on to beat the New York Islanders 3-1 Monday night for their fourth straight victory and seventh in the last eight games.
Nashville was coming off a 7-2 win at home against the Sharks on Saturday night.
Kevin Fiala and Ryan Johansen also scored to help Nashville remain in control of third place in the Central Division, one point ahead of St. Louis — which beat Arizona 4-1.
Josh Bailey scored and Thomas Greiss finished with 28 saves for the Islanders, who remained two points behind Boston for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. New York also fell one point behind Tampa Bay, which beat Chicago 5-4 in overtime.
Sabres 4, Panthers 2
BUFFALO — Brian Gionta scored while playing his 1,000th career game and Buffalo beat Florida.
Ryan O’Reilly, Zach Bogosian and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres, who led 3-0 after Gionta’s goal 1:25 into the second period. The goal drew a large cheer from the crowd after the 15-year NHL veteran was honored during a pregame ceremony.
Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3, OT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Andreas Athanasiou crashed into Eddie Lack as he scored in overtime, giving the Detroit Red Wings a victory over Carolina on a play that left the Hurricanes goalie with a frightening injury.
Lack remained down for several minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher, with both teams remaining on the ice and forming a semicircle to watch him. Lack flashed a thumbs-up sign as he was wheeled away.
Team spokesman Mike Sundheim said Lack was moving his arms and legs after he was taken off the ice.
Lightning 5, Blackhawks 4, OT
TAMPA, Fla. — Yanni Gourde had a breakaway goal 4:25 into overtime and Tampa Bay rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Chicago.
Victor Hedman set up the winner with his third assist of the game.
Tampa Bay got two goals from Jonathan Drouin. Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman also scored.
Flames 4, Avalanche 2
CALGARY, Alberta — Sean Monahan scored his team-leading 26th goal and added three assists, and Calgary inched closer to clinching a playoff spot with a victory over Colorado.
Blues 4, Coyotes 1
ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and Jake Allen made 21 saves to help St. Louis continue its mastery over Arizona.
St. Louis has won 10 straight games against Arizona, outscoring the Coyotes 42-13 in that time.
Arizona has lost six of its last seven. The teams meet again Wednesday in Phoenix.