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Jamie Benn scored the winning goal at 2:44 in overtime on Monday when the Dallas Stars defeated visiting Carolina 4-3, and the Hurricanes were still able to secure a playoff spot despite the loss. Benn, who added three assists, scored his 11th goal of the season as the Stars continued their recent torrid pace. Carolina, which leads the Central Division, will be in the playoffs for the third year in a row in a feat accomplished for the first time since the franchise moved from Hartford, Connecticut, to North Carolina prior to the 1997-98 season. The Hurricanes increased their scoring streak to seven games. For the second game in a row, they were in position to clinch a playoff spot with a win, but on Monday, a point to go to extra time worked. Predators 4, Panthers 1 Nick Cousins ​​scored the tiebreaker early in the second period, Juuse Saros made 22 of his 39 saves in the period and Nashville beat visiting Florida. Erik Haula, who assisted in the Cousins ​​goal, scored 2:39 in the third to make sure, as the Predators won their fourth straight season at home. Mikael Granlund and Yakov Trenin also scored for Nashville, which is still two points ahead of Dallas for fourth and last place in the Central Division playoffs. Sam Bennett scored his fourth goal in six games since being traded to the second-place Panthers, who have lost two of three after a 4-0-1 run. Sharks 6, Coyotes 4 Alexander Barabanov scored his first NHL goal as San Jose held on after nearly losing a four-goal lead to defeat visiting Arizona and snap an eight-game losing streak. Evander Kane scored a goal and two assists, and Noah Gregor, Burns, Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Sharks. Josef Korenar made 21 saves. Jakub Chychrun scored twice and had an assist, Michael Bunting had a goal and an assist and Clayton Keller also scored for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals on 11 shots before being eliminated in the second period. Adin Hill made 21 relief saves. Oilers 6, Jets 1 Connor McDavid posted his third hat trick of the season in a four-point outing to propel Edmonton past host Winnipeg and into second place in the North Division. Alex Chiasson, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse also scored, and goalie Mike Smith made 36 saves to move the Oilers one point ahead of the Jets. Edmonton, which has won six of eight meetings this season, also has two games in hand in Winnipeg. Mark Scheifele answered for the Jets, who are on a four-game streak in which they have been outscored 18-5. Goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck stopped 17 of 23 shots in two periods of action. Laurent Brossoit made seven saves in relief. Blues 4, Avalanche 1 David Perron had one goal and two assists, and Jordan Binnington had 31 saves to lead host St. Louis to their second win in three days over Colorado. Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Robert Thomas scored the Blues’ other goals. Ryan O’Reilly (NASDAQ 🙂 followed his four-point performance Saturday with two assists. Nathan MacKinnon extended his points streak to 14 games by scoring Colorado’s only goal, a power play marker in the second period. The Avalanche lost consecutive games for the third time all season. Playing in his sixth game since being acquired in a trade from Buffalo, Jonas Johansson stopped 16 of 20 shots. Canadiens 2, Flames 1 Tyler Toffoli scored the winning goal and goalkeeper Jake Allen made 21 saves to give Montreal a crucial victory to avoid being swept in the three-game series by host Calgary. Shea Weber also scored for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game losing streak and gained some breathing room, six points, from the Flames in their quest for fourth place in the North Division standings. Elias Lindholm scored Calgary’s only goal and goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots for the Flames. Senators 2, Canucks 1 Drake Batherson scored the tiebreaker goal in the second period for Ottawa to dent Vancouver’s playoff hopes. Josh Norris also scored for the later Senators and Brady Tkachuk had two assists. Goalkeeper Marcus Hogberg made 25 saves. Olli Juolevi scored the only goal for the Canucks, who have won three of five games since an 18-day hiatus due to a COVID-19 outbreak in which 22 players and four staff members tested positive. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 27 shots. Kings 4, Ducks 1 Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist when host Los Angeles defeated Anaheim in the first of four games in six days between the teams. Sean Walker, Mikey Anderson and Trevor Moore also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the Kings. Jamie Drysdale scored and Anthony Stolarz made 21 saves for the Ducks, who have lost five in a row. They have combined to score five goals in those games. – Field level media