CHICAGO, Illinois — Chicago’s Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 5-4 win against Nashville on Monday, opening a three-point lead over the Predators atop the NHL Central Division.
In other key results, Tampa Bay beat Toronto to open a two-point lead in the Eastern Conference standings, the New York Islanders defeated Washington to move into a tie for top spot in the Metropolitan Division, and Boston blitzed Detroit.
Chicago’s Bryan Bickell netted the tying goal with 1:13 left in regulation and Toews then scored on the Blackhawks’ first shot in the shootout.
Earlier, Brad Richards, Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa scored in a 7:10 span late of the second period for the hosts.
James Neal temporarily restored Nashville’s lead at 4-3. Roman Josi and Craig Smith also scored for the Predators.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored his 20th goal to break a third-period tie, completing the Lightning’s comeback from a two-goal deficit to beat Toronto 3-2.
Ryan Callahan and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Tampa Bay, which improved its lead in the Atlantic Division from one point to two.
Mike Santorelli and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost five of six.
New York’s Johnny Boychuk netted a power-play goal 2:53 into in overtime as the Islanders escaped with a 4-3 win against Washington, having blown a three-goal advantage.
It was the second straight game the Islanders had given up a lead that size, but this time they still won and notched their 14th home win of the season �X already more than they managed all last season.
Anders Lee, Lubomir Visnovsky and Calvin de Haan scored the early goals for New York, before Eric Fehr, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin all scored in the third period for the Capitals.