ST. PAUL MINNESOTA – Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild kept their chins up and turned what could have been a negative outcome into a positive.
Parise and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout, lifting Minnesota to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Parise tied the game late in the third period for Minnesota, which has won five of six and is 8-1-2 in its last 11. The Wild have been involved in three straight shootouts — winning two.
In the shootout, Parise beat Jonathan Bernier low on the left side before Josh Harding stopped Mason Raymond. Mikko Koivu was stopped by Bernier and Phil Kessel lost control of the puck before Pominville beat Bernier through the pads for the win.
“We had little bit more of a feeling that this game was there for us if we could keep going,” Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said.
Flyers 2, Penguins 1
In Pittsburgh, Brayden Schenn scored two goals and backup goalie Ray Emery stopped 30 shots as Philadelphia claimed its third straight victory.
“Obviously, we’re working on trying to put some wins together right now and playing pretty sound defensive hockey,” Schenn said. “We’re waiting for our opportunities to score and right now we’re scoring when they’re there, so we have to keep it going.”
Stars 3, Oilers 0
In Edmonton, Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots for his 23rd career shutout as Dallas beat the struggling Oilers.
Rich Peverley, Antoine Roussel and Tyler Seguin scored for the Stars, who have won four of their last five games.