Parise, Dubnyk lead Wild over Sharks
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zach Parise scored in his return to Minnesota’s lineup and Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves as the Wild held on for a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
Eric Staal had two goals for the Wild, who won for the third time in four games. Jason Pominville assisted on Parise’s 15th goal to open the scoring. Parise and Pominville each returned after missing three games with the mumps.
Minnesota (90 points) moved back ahead of idle Chicago (89 points) for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.
PENGUINS 4, SABRES 3
PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary scored 50 seconds apart late in the third period to cap a furious rally by Pittsburgh.
The Sabres led by three after the first period, but Pittsburgh ramped up the pressure to win its second straight and move into sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Justin Schultz added a goal and two assists. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 28 shots he faced after replacing Matt Murray to start the second period.
BLUE JACKETS 3, DEVILS 0
NEWARK, N.J. — Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves in posting his second straight shutout and franchise-record 34th win of the season, and Columbus beat reeling New Jersey.
Boone Jenner, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sam Gagner scored as the Blue Jackets won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1) and sent the Devils to their seventh straight loss (0-5-2).
Cory Schneider made 19 saves for the Devils, who were shutout for the sixth time this season.
FLAMES 5, ISLANDERS 2
CALGARY, Alberta — Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist and Calgary beat New York for its seventh straight victory.
Brian Elliott made 33 saves for his sixth straight win. Elliott is 7-0-1 since his last regulation loss on Feb. 5 when he made 28 saves during a 4-3 loss in New York to the Rangers.
Michael Frolik, TJ Brodie, Micheal Ferland and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Flames.
CANUCKS 2, DUCKS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Richard Bachman made 43 saves, Bo Horvat and Markus Granlund each scored and Vancouver beat Anaheim.
Bachman got his first win since Oct. 30, 2015 and is unbeaten in two career starts for Vancouver.
BLUES 3, AVALANCHE 0
DENVER — Paul Stastny scored his first goal against his former team, Jake Allen stopped 27 shots and St. Louis ended a five-game skid by beating Colorado.
Stastny got the Blues going with a power-play goal early in the first period, his first score in 11 career games against Colorado. He spent eight seasons with the Avalanche before leaving for St. Louis.