Nystrom show in vain for Preds

Eric Nystrom scored four goals in a losing effort as the Nashville Predators were beaten 5-4 by the Calgary Flames in a shootout on Friday.

Two goals from David Jones plus markers from Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund levelled things up for the Flames before Sean Monahan scored the vital penalty shot.

The Phoenix Coyotes survived a strong fightback from the Edmonton Oilers as they claimed a 4-3 victory.

Mikkel Boedker, Radim Vrbata, Derek Morris and Mike Ribeiro had the Coyotes 4-0 ahead before Matt Hendricks, David Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins set up a tense finish.

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 30 shots to help guide the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Henrik Zetterberg, Riley Sheahan, Niklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist netted for the Wings with Brendan Gallagher posting the only response for the Habs.

The Florida Panthers scored twice in the third period but it wasn't enough as they went down 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche.

Ryan O'Reilly, Paul Stastny and Jamie McGinn gave the Avalanche a 3-0 lead before Scottie Upshall's brace closed the gap late on.

In the day's other game, goals from Stephen Gionta and Adam Henrique gave the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals who responded through Jason Chimera.