Joe Pavelski’s late goal lifts the Sharks over Jets

Joe Pavelski did it again. Pavelski scored with 4.3 seconds left, lifting the visiting Sharks to a 5-4 victory over Winnipeg on Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.

San Jose remained undefeated in March with its sixth straight win. It also got a dramatic victory in its previous trip to Winnipeg, topping the Jets 3-2 on Pavelski’s shorthanded overtime goal Feb. 5.

“Back-to-back, coming into a tough building, a good team. We found a gutsy win, for sure,” Pavelski said.

Gustav Nyquist had two goals for San Jose (43-19-8), giving him three in his six games since being traded to the Sharks in late February. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Marcus Sorensen also scored, and Aaron Dell made 21 saves.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer continues to be impressed with Nyquist.

“Smart player,” he said. “He fits with our group. Guys like to play with him. He’s a puck hound out there and does a good job.”

Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg (40-25-4), which dropped to 12-5-2 against the Pacific Division this season. Andrew Copp, Bryan Little and Kyle Connor also scored, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots.

Four seconds “left in the game, it’s terrible,” Perreault said. “They played a good game, they’re one of the hottest teams in the league right now. But we gave them a good battle. We were in a tie game until (four) seconds left. If any positives out of this one, we know we can compete with teams like that.”

Flames 9, Devils 4: Johnny Gaudreau became the first player in more than five years to record six points in a game, and host Calgary scored six times in the third period to scorch New Jersey. Gaudreau had a hat trick, including the go-ahead goal on a penalty shot in the third period. The Flames became the only team to score nine goals in a game twice this season. Gaudreau’s six-point game is the first in the NHL since Dallas’ Jamie Benn on Nov. 14, 2013, at Calgary. He’s the first Calgary player to accomplish the feat since Al MacInnis on March 20, 1994. Ryan finished with two goals. Sam Bennett, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk and Monahan also scored for Calgary.

Ducks 3, Predators 2: Daniel Sprong scored for the third consecutive game, and host Anaheim beat Nashville. Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who have won four of their past six games. Filip Forsberg scored two power-plays goal for the Predators. Pekka Rinne made 15 stops.

Coyotes 3, Blues 1: Richard Panik and Vinnie Hinostroza scored to help visiting Arizona beat St. Louis. Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves. The Coyotes have won 12 of 16 to move one point ahead of Minnesota for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis.

Canadiens 3, Red Wings 1: Carey Price made 20 saves and became the winningest goaltender in the storied history of host Montreal, which beat Detroit. It was win No. 315 for Price, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Jacques Plante, who played for Montreal from 1952 to 1963, atop the team leaderboard. Max Domi had two goals and Brett Kulak also scored for the Canadiens.

Stars 2, Sabres 0: Ben Bishop made 35 saves for his third straight shutout, leading visiting Dallas to the victory. Rookie Roope Hintz scored twice for Dallas. The Stars have won five of six and remain on top of the Western Conference wild-card standings with 77 points.

Blue Jackets 7, Bruins 4: Boone Jenner got his first career hat trick, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots and host Columbus beat Boston. The Blue Jackets scored five straight goals to go up 5-1 before the Bruins came roaring back with three straight in a wild second period. Jenner’s empty-netter completed his hat trick with 47 seconds left.

Penguins 5, Capitals 3: Sidney Crosby scored twice during a second-period rally and Evgeni Malkin picked up two assists to reach 1,000 career points as host Pittsburgh edged Washington. Crosby picked up his 32nd and 33rd goals during a three-goal outburst over a span of 1:48. Jakub Vrana scored twice for the Capitals.

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