Pavelski treble lifts Sharks
A hat-trick from Joe Pavelski inspired the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Pavelski took his tally for the season up to 37 goals following his treble. He levelled matters following David Perron's opener and completed the scoring after Patrick Marleau and Marty Havlat also got on the scoresheet.
Taylor Hall grabbed a consolation towards the end of the encounter as the Oilers slid to their defeat in a row.
The Chicago Blackhawks moved to within one point of securing a Stanley Cup play-off place for the sixth successive season after a 4-2 triumph over the Dallas Stars.
Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each bagged a goal and an assist, while Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa were also on the scoresheet, meaning Ryan Garbutt's double for Dallas was in vain.
Gabriel Landeskog was the hero with two goals and a shootout winner as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak in a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Landeskog's brace cancelled out Roman Josi's double for Nashville, who twice more went ahead through Matt Cullen only for Cody McLeod and Nick Holden to draw Colorado level on each occasion. Landeskog then scored the winner with the shootout tied at 1-1.
The Phoenix Coyotes squeaked past the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2, who were thwarted in the final two periods by goaltender Thomas Greiss, who made a total of 23 saves.
David Moss, Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker all found the target for the Coyotes, with Jussi Jokinen and Taylor Pyatt's efforts for the Penguins coming in a losing effort.
The Toronto Maple Leafs slid to their sixth straight defeat after David Backes' treble gave the St Louis Blues a 5-3 success.
The Leafs opened the scoring through Joffrey Lupul but TJ Oshie, a double from Backes and Alexander Steen put the Blues on course for victory. Toronto did manage to narrow the deficit through Carl Gunnarsson and James van Riemsdyk but Barnes secured victory for St Louis in the closing stages.
Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter were both on-target in the shootout as the Los Angeles Kings edged to a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals, who led 2-0 after the first period though Alex Ovechkin's brace.
Ryan Johansen scored twice and Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson added the others to help the Columbus Blue Jackets claim a 4-2 success over the Detroit Red Wings, whose goals came from a Gustav Nyquist double.
Third period goals from Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere gave the Montreal Canadiens a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Colin McDonald's two goals and an assist were crucial as the New York Islanders edged to a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, while Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri scored in the shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2.