The Detroit Red Wings have put together their best streak of the lockout-shortened season, winning three straight in a span of four days that included the puck dropping twice in less than 24 hours.
Detroit defeated the visiting Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Sunday on a winning goal from Jonathan Ericsson with five seconds left -- less than a minute after the defending Stanley Cup champions tied the score.
"I knew it was going to be ugly," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "But, I just wanted it to be an ugly win."
Los Angeles had tied it when Kyle Clifford's shot rebounded off Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, and Alec Martinez scored on a putback to make it 2-2 with 53 seconds remaining. But the Kings failed to clear the puck in the closing seconds, and Ericsson took advantage with a slap shot from above the right circle that trickled in for the win.
Ericsson refused to be hailed for the victory.
"We owe Jimmy this one," Ericsson said.
Howard made 45 saves, his highest total in more than a year.
Blackhawks 3, Predators 0: Marcus Kruger and Jonathan Toews scored 66 seconds apart in the second period, and Chicago remained the NHL's lone undefeated team in regulation by beating host Nashville.
The Blackhawks ended their season-high six-game trip with their fourth straight win and improved to 10-0-2 overall and 8-0-2 away from Chicago.
Devils 3, Penguins 1: Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson scored less than two minutes apart in the second period as visiting New Jersey won its fifth in a row.
Bruins 3, Sabres 1: Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period power play as visiting Boston improved to 8-1-1, its best 10-game start ever.
Blues: Goalie Jaroslav Halak was activated from injured reserve. Halak, 3-0 with a 2.10 goals-against average, had been sidelined by a groin strain.
Maple Leafs: Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski will face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Monday amid biting allegations. Montreal forward Max Pacioretty said Grabovski bit him during a fight in Toronto's 6-0 victory Saturday.