Calgary 5, Washington 3: Ex-Sabre Ales Kotalik, Ian White, Jay Bouwmeester, Niklas Hagman and Rene Bourque scored for the Flames, whose playoff hopes looked done when after being shut out, 5-0, at Boston.
St. Louis 2, Edmonton 1: Keith Tkachuk scored the winning goal on his 38th birthday, and the Blues maintained their slim playoff hopes with a win.
Columbus 4, Chicago 2: Jakub Voracek had two goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets.
Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 1: Brian Boucher stopped 32 shots, and five players scored as the slumping Flyers broke out of the doldrums with a win to end a five-game skid.
San Jose 4, Colorado 3: Devin Setoguchi had two goals, and the Sharks -- without injured leading scorer Joe Thornton -- beat the Avalanche. Thornton has an undisclosed lower-body injury.
>Saturday's late games
San Jose 4, Vancouver 2: Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists and goalie Evengi Nabokov made 35 saves and earned his 40th win of the season for the Sharks.
Dallas 4, Los Angeles 1: Brad Richards scored two power-play goals less than five minutes apart in the second period.
Around the rinks
AHL: Portland 3, Hartford 2: Kyle Wanvig had the game-winning goal for the Pirates in the final minute of the second period.
Winter Classic: Pittsburgh is making a strong push to host the NHL's next Winter Classic on Jan. 1, matching the league's two signature stars in the Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin at Heinz Field.
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Compiled from News and wire service reports.