Washington The first-place Washington Capitals made the trades that are supposed to send them to the Stanley Cup finals, yet the last-place Anaheim Mighty Ducks looked more like the playoff team.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 33 saves for his second straight shutout and his fourth shutout in 10 games as the Mighty Ducks won their season-high fifth in a row with Tuesday night's 2-0 victory.
"Is it for real? Yes it is," Anaheim coach Guy Charron said. "He has played real well and it has brought some confidence to the team. And that's what good goaltenders do. They know if there is a breakdown there is a chance he is going to make the save and he is going to keep us in there. You don't get shutouts in this league just by luck."
Samuel Pahlsson scored on Anaheim's first shot of the game, and Tony Hrkac scored on the Mighty Ducks' first shot of the second period in a free-flowing game that offered many clean shots at both ends.
Giguere, who shut out Nashville 1-0 in overtime on Sunday, has five shutouts in nine victories this season and has held the opposition scoreless for 143 minutes, 53 seconds. He has stopped 77 shots in that stretch.
"It's the combination of a lot of things," Giguere said. "I see the puck well right now, but my defense is playing great."
Flyers 5, Blues 2
Philadelphia St. Louis had its winless streak stretched to seven games with a 5-2 loss Tuesday night to the Philadelphia Flyers. Kent Manderville scored the go-ahead goal, only his second tally since joining the Flyers a year ago.
Oilers 5, Lightning 4
Tampa, Fla . Eric Brewer scored with 3:43 left in overtime as Edmonton won for a franchise-record ninth straight time. Brewer lifted a shot over goalie Kevin Weekes from in-close after Mike Grier was stopped on a wrap-around attempt.
Stars 3, Blackhawks 0
Chicago Ted Donato had a goal and an assist, and Marty Turco made 27 saves as Dallas beat Chicago. The Stars extended their lead over the San Jose Sharks to three points in the race for the Pacific Division title.
Devils 6, Avalanche 3
Denver Six New Jersey players scored and the Devils tied a franchise record with their eighth straight victory, beating Colorado. It was the second time this season that the Devils humbled the NHL's top team. New Jersey beat the Avalanche and goalie Patrick Roy 6-1 on Dec. 5.
Red Wings 2, Canucks 2
Detroit Slava Kozlov's goal with 1.5 seconds left in regulation gave Detroit a tie with Vancouver. Kozlov's tip from the slot eluded Vancouver goalie Bob Essensa.