SUNRISE, Fla. — Mikael Backlund had an empty-net goal and a pair of assists, helping lift the Calgary Flames to their sixth straight victory with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, and David Rittich stopped 41 shots in his first start in seven games.
CAPITALS 4, HURRICANES 3: Jay Beagle scored with 1.3 seconds remaining and Washington rallied for a win in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Brett Connolly notched the tying goal with 3:08 left, and Alex Ovechkin added his NHL-leading 28th goal and two assists for Washington.
CANUCKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2: Sven Baertschi sparked a four-goal second period for Vancouver in a win at Columbus.
LIGHTNING: All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman is expected to be out for 3 to 6 weeks because of a lower-body injury following a knee-to-knee collision Thursday night with Calgary’s Garnet Hathaway, a forward from Kennebunkport.
DUCKS: Durable forward Andrew Cogliano agreed to a $9.75 million, three-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
Cogliano hasn’t missed a game in his 11-season NHL career, playing in 829 consecutive games – the fourth-longest streak in NHL history.
PENGUINS: Goaltender Matt Murray is in Canada with his family to tend to a personal matter and will be away from the team indefinitely.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray will miss at least one game and will be given “as much time as he needs.”