Miro Heiskanen and Brett Ritchie found the net in a span of 1:48 of the third period, and Ben Bishop turned away a season-high 41 shots as the host Dallas Stars held off the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Friday to win a season-high fourth consecutive game.
Bishop, making his second start after returning from injured reserve, earned his third straight winning decision. He came through particularly at the end of the game when the Sharks forced the action. Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars.
Hurricanes 4, Ducks 1
Sebastian Aho scored a late empty-net goal for the Hurricanes, who became the first team in six games to score a third-period goal against the Ducks. Anaheim had outscored opponents 9-0 in the closing period of its previous five games. Clark Bishop scored his first NHL goal for Carolina.
Blues 1, Jets 0
The last time the two teams played, Winnipeg produced a season-high goal total in an 8-4 win at St. Louis on Nov. 24, a game that featured Patrik Laine scoring five goals on five shots. On Friday, Laine finished with just one shot on goal, but he also hit the goalpost on a power-play attempt in the second period.
Connor Hellebuyck recorded 26 saves for the Jets, who had a season-high, four-game winning streak snapped.
Oilers 7, Wild 2
Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, and Connor McDavid added a goal and three assists as host Edmonton continued its resurgence under coach Ken Hitchcock with a victory over Minnesota.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zack Kassian, Alex Chiasson and Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers, who have won five of their past six games and are 6-2-1 since Hitchcock was hired Nov. 20 to replace Todd McLellan. Cam Talbot made 31 saves.
Marcus Foligno and Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild, who wrapped up a three-game Western Canada trip. Minnesota has lost five of its past six games, the only win in that span coming Tuesday in Vancouver.
--Field Level Media
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