NHL-Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games

Dec 31 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games: - - - Sharks 3, Ducks 0 Center Joe Pavelski scored two goals as the San Jose Sharks defeated Anaheim 3-0, marking just the second time this season that the Ducks have been kept scoreless. Goalie Antti Niemi made 28 saves for his 30th career shutout as San Jose beat Anaheim for the third time in four meetings this season, thoroughly frustrating the team that leads the NHL in standings points. - - - Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3 (SO) The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a two-goal lead but still posted a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins when center Nazem Kadri scored in the fifth round of the shootout. Center Leo Komarov scored Toronto's first goal in his first game since suffering a concussion Nov. 29. - - - Stars 6, Coyotes 0 Goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Dallas Stars demolished Arizona 6-0 to end the Coyotes' three-game winning streak. - - - Islanders 5, Jets 2 Center Ryan Strome scored his seventh goal of the season and added three assists to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 road victory over the Winnipeg Jets. New York center Frans Nielsen scored two goals as New York improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight games. - - - Penguins 2, Hurricanes 1 Center Brandon Sutter notched the game-winning goal with less than two minutes left and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 to halt a four-game winless streak. - - - Blue Jackets 3, Wild 1 The Columbus Blue Jackets capped off the most successful December in the club's 15-season history with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Blue Jackets finished the month 10-1-1. - - - Red Wings 3, Devils 1 Center Darren Helm scored two goals to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils, who were without eight regulars due to injury and illness. - - - Lightning 5, Sabres 1 Right winger Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and the Tampa Bay Lighting won their fourth game in a row with a dominant 5-1 decision over the Buffalo Sabres, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. - - - Rangers 5, Panthers 2 Chris Kreider and Marty St. Louis each had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers won for the ninth time in their past 10 games, defeating the Florida Panthers 5-2. - - - Avalanche 4, Flyers 3 (OT) Ryan O'Reilly scored with 19.9 seconds left in overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat Philadelphia 4-3 to send the Flyers to their third successive defeat. - - - Flames 4, Oilers 3 (OT) Center Josh Jooris scored the winning goal in another comeback win as the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime. It is the eighth time this season the Flames (21-15-3) have won when trailing after two periods. (Editing by Andrew Both)