ANAHEIM - Ryan Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the first period and the Anaheim Ducks also got goals from Corey Perry, Patrick Maroon and Daniel Winnik in a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Saku Koivu added an empty-net goal and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping the Ducks improve their league-leading record to 40-11-5 and their home mark to 22-2-2. They have won 22 of their last 26 games.
Andersen is 13-2-0 in his first 15 NHL starts, and hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any of them. He has a 1.94 goals-against average, including a two-period relief stint in his NHL debut in Oct. 20, when he earned a 6-3 win in relief against Dallas by stopping all 24 shots he faced after Jonas Hiller left with a 3-1 deficit.
Vincent Lecavalier, Matt Read and Michael Raffl scored for the Flyers, and Mason stopped 23 shots, following his 33-save shutout against Detroit on Tuesday at Philadelphia. The Flyers are 3-6-2 in their last 11 games following a 7-1-0 stretch.
The Ducks are 32-1-2 when scoring three or more goals, and 31-0-2 when allowing fewer than three. They also are 30-1-2 when leading after two periods.
PENGUINS 4, KINGS 1
LOS ANGELES — Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists in the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored in the opening minute, and the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Jonathan Quick in a 4-1 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass both scored in their second straight game for the Penguins, who opened a two-game West Coast road trip with the franchise’s first regulation victory at Staples Center.
Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves in the Eastern Conference leaders’ fourth win in five games.
Anze Kopitar scored his third goal in five games for the Kings, but those are the only goals scored in the last nine days by the Kings, who have lost seven of eight.
BLUE JACKETS 5, CAPITALS 2
COLUMBUS – Ryan Johansen scored twice and Derek MacKenzie, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson also had goals to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing skid.
Jack Johnson and Fedor Tyutin each had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who had totalled six goals in those last three games. MacKenzie’s goal was short-handed and Dubinsky also had an assist. Sergei Bobrovsky had 30 saves, 19 in the ragged, penalty-filled final period.
Joel Ward had a short-handed goal and Eric Fehr also scored for the Capitals, who had won two in a row after dropping seven straight.
Each team was 0 for 7 on the power play.
The victory boosted Columbus into the thick of the playoff picture, both the wild card and in the Metropolitan Division.
DEVILS 3, STARS 2 (OT)
DALLAS - Patrik Elias scored a power-play goal 40 seconds into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
The Stars had tied the score on Tyler Seguin’s goal with 52 seconds remaining in regulation play.
Dainius Zubrus scored in the first period and Travis Zajac added a goal in the second to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.
Jamie Benn scored on a backhand at 10:52 of the second to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Devils, allowing the fewest shots per game of any NHL team, held Dallas to a season-low 16 shots. Cory Schneider made 15 saves for his second victory over the Stars this season.
SABRES 3, COYOTES 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zemgus Girgensons scored a short-handed goal in the third period and had an assist, and the road-weary Buffalo Sabres knocked off the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday.
The Sabres had plenty of energy in their third game in four nights, scoring the first goal and rallying from a 2-1 deficit in the third period. Tyler Ennis and Steve Ott scored, and Girgensons put Buffalo ahead with his goal early in the third.
Ryan Miller made some tough stops after giving up two quick goals in the second period, finishing with 38 saves in Buffalo’s second win in 10 games.
Phoenix followed one of its best games of the season with a shaky performance.
Antoine Vermette scored his fifth goal in three games to extend his point streak to six games, and David Moss scored his first goal in 17 games for the Coyotes.
Referee Trevor Hanson left late in the second period after a shot by Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson caromed off the crossbar and hit him in the face. He was back on the ice for the start of the third period.
AVALANCHE 5, WILD 4
DENVER - Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves, John Mitchell had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Thursday night.
Matt Duchene had two assists for Colorado, which survived a flurry at the end to get the victory. Ryan O’Reilly, Paul Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and Maxime Talbot also scored.
Zach Parise had two goals and two assists and Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville also scored for Minnesota, which went 9-4-1 in January to get into the thick of the post-season race.
The Avalanche won the season series with the Wild 4-0-1 and moved nine points ahead of them in the Central Division. Colorado has a firm grasp on third place and the final automatic playoff seed in the division.
It was quite a day for the 25-year-old Varlamov, who also finalized a five-year contract extension with Colorado that runs through the 2018-19 season.