When Washington's Peter Bondra made a couple of defensive mistakes early in the Capitals' game with the St. Louis Blues, his teammates encouraged him.
"They told me to keep my head up because the game wasn't over with," Bondra said after the Caps rallied for a 6-4 victory Saturday night.
They were right. After spotting the Blues a 4-1 advantage, the Capitals scored five straight goals. Among them was one by Bondra -- which proved decisive -- with 16 seconds left in the second period.
"It was a good win for us," Bondra said. "The first couple of shifts we got ourselves in trouble."
Brett Hull assisted on three goals before scoring one of his own at 12:06 for a 4-1 lead. But things then went downhill for the Blues.
"It was probably just a collapse of the entire defensive aspects of our game," said Blues coach Mike Keenan. "It's a lack of commitment and concentration."
Canadiens 6, Flyers 5
MONTREAL -- Saku Koivu and Stephane Richer had two goals apiece as Montreal ended drought of nearly two years against Philadelphia by beating the Flyers.
The Flyers had been 8-0-2 against the Canadiens since Montreal's 5-4 victory Jan. 30, 1994.
David Wilkie and Martin Rucinsky also scored for Montreal, unbeaten at home this season at 4-0-2.
Maple Leafs 5, Coyotes 2
TORONTO -- Mats Sundin scored twice and Felix Potvin made 31 saves as Toronto defeated Phoenix.
Sundin broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal with 8:40 remaining. Doug Gilmour, who had scored earlier, set him up with a great pass that had Sundin staring at open net from the side of the crease.
Jeremy Roenick set up both goals -- by Mike Gartner and Dallas Drake -- by the Coyotes.
Red Wings 2, Bruins 1
BOSTON -- Brendan Shanahan scored the key goal in the first minute of the third period as Detroit beat Boston for the seventh straight time.
Shanahan took a pass from Darren McCarty behind the Boston net and beat goaltender Bill Ranford on the glove side for his seventh goal and a 2-0 Detroit lead.
Less than five minutes later, Boston defenseman Don Sweeney made it a one-goal game when he beat Chris Osgood from the blue line.
Martin Lapointe had given the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 16:36 of the first period.
Sharks 2, Islanders 2
UNIONDALE -- With the New York Islanders, a third-period lead, even by two goals, is precarious. For the third time in four games this season, the Islanders couldn't hold a lead, letting San Jose rally for a tie.
San Jose's Owen Nolan scored the tying power-play goal with 5:35 left, completing a controversial play that began with the forward knocking down Islanders defenseman Darius Kasparaitis behind the net.
With Kasparaitis down, the puck went to Darren Turcotte and on to Bernie Nicholls, who found Nolan in the left crease for a wide-open shot.
Michal Sykora scored earlier in the period, making it 2-1.
"We got a little more conservative after they got the first goal," New York's Marty McInnis said. "The third goal was the most important, and we didn't get it."
Devils 4, Lightning 1
TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots and Dave Andreychuk had a goal and an assist as New Jersey beat Tampa Bay.
With the Devils nursing a 2-1 lead, Andreychuk's unassisted goal with 7:38 remaining helped the Devils withstand a furious Tampa Bay third-period attack.
After Brodeur made 10 saves, including two point-blank shots by Dino Ciccarelli during the opening 14 minutes, Andreychuk stole the puck in the Lightning zone and scored on a wrist shot.
Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Rene Corbet broke a 2-2 tie with just under seven minutes remaining, and Colorado held off Edmonton.
Corbet, standing just outside the crease, whacked Adam Foote's knee-high pass out of the air and behind goaltender Curtis Joseph at 13:09 of the final period for his third goal.
Stars 5, Senators 1
DALLAS -- Dallas goaltender Andy Moog stopped 21 shots and, with the support of two goals and an assist by Mike Modano, improved to 6-1-0 this season with his 332nd career victory, tops among active NHL goaltenders.
Moog was bidding for his 24th career shutout, but Dave Hannan scored his first goal of the season with 7:40 left for the Senators.
The Stars will try to match a franchise record for victories in October (nine) in its final game of the month, Wednesday night at home against Buffalo.