St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Wild defenseman Sean O'Donnell has just four goals in the past two seasons, but three of the four were game-winners.
"I only score when it counts," said O'Donnell with a laugh, after his overtime goal lifted the Wild to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
O'Donnell's slap shot from the high slot beat goalie Ron Tugnutt and caught the upper corner of the net, snapping Minnesota's three-game losing streak.
It was the second game in three nights between the NHL's two expansion teams. The Blue Jackets beat Minnesota 3-0 on Monday at home.
"We hit bottom, and now we're climbing again," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We played our worst game in Columbus, and tonight I thought we played much better. We didn't play great, but we played hard."
Geoff Sanderson gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at 6:18 of the third, and it looked as if the advantage would stand, but Minnesota defenseman Filip Kuba flipped a wrist shot over Tugnutt's right shoulder with 1:02 remaining in the third to send the game to overtime.
"Basically, it was our game to take, and we gave it back to them," Tugnutt said. "We had them. We had a lead and things were going well. Then we let up a little and they scored."
Outshot for much of the game, the Blue Jackets got a 30-save performance from Tugnutt. Manny Fernandez finished with 24 saves for the Wild.
Minnesota held a 14-9 shots advantage in the first period, but trailed 1-0.
Flames 4, Sharks 4
San Jose, Calif. Owen Nolan scored with less than three minutes remaining in regulation to lift San Jose into a tie with Calgary. Mike Ricci, Niklas Sundstrom and Bryan Marchment also scored for the Sharks, who had lost their last two at home, a season high, but have picked up points in five of seven games. Marc Savard scored a goal and recorded two assists.
Kings 2, Maple Leafs 1
Toronto Jamie Storr made 34 saves as Los Angeles beat Toronto. Mathieu Schneider and Jozef Stumpel scored for the Kings, who have won four of five. Luc Robitaille added two assists. Gary Roberts scored the lone goal for the Leafs, who have just four wins in 16 games.
Mighty Ducks 5, Thrashers 2
Atlanta Anaheim's Jason Marshall, whose last goal came 22 months ago, scored twice and the Mighty Ducks snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Atlanta. The Mighty Ducks, who had only four goals during their losing skid, eclipsed that by early in the second period against the Thrashers, who have gone nine games (0-7-2) without a victory.
Stars 4, Predators 3, OT
Dallas Jere Lehtinen scored a career-high three goals and Brett Hull tallied the game-winner with 3:19 left in overtime as Dallas earned a victory over Nashville. Nashville forced overtime on Kimmo Timonen's goal with 14:49 remaining in regulation.
Blackhawks 5, Panthers 0
Chicago Jocelyn Thibault stopped 16 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Bob Probert scored twice for the first time in five seasons as Chicago defeated Florida. The Blackhawks extended their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) and moved them within one game of .500 at 19-20-4-2. Chicago is 9-2-2 in its last 13 games.
Coyotes 5, Penguins 4
Phoenix Mario Lemieux ended his one-game scoring drought. He couldn't do anything about Pittsburgh's defensive breakdown, though. Keith Tkachuk scored two of Phoenix's four power-play goals, and the Coyotes defeated the Penguins. Tkachuk sent the game-winner past Pittsburgh goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin.