New Jersey 4, Washington 3 (SO): Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout and Martin Brodeur made an outstanding glove save on Alex Ovechkin. Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist in regulation.
Toronto 4, N.Y. Islanders 3: Clarke MacArthur scored a goal and added an assist, and James Reimer stopped 30 shots to lead the Maple Leafs. Toronto heads into the holiday break with two straight victories.
N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 2: Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his second win over powerful Philadelphia this season, and rookie defenseman Stu Bickel had two more assists for New York. Bickel was playing in his third NHL game.
Carolina 2, Ottawa 1 (OT): Tuomo Ruutu tipped in Jay Harrison's slap shot in overtime, lifting the Hurricanes. Cam Ward made 22 saves for Carolina.
Pittsburgh 4, Winnipeg 1: James Neal got the go-ahead goal just 22 seconds into the third period, and the Penguins scored two more goals in the final 20 minutes to beat the Jets. Marc-Andre Fleury had to make only 18 saves for Pittsburgh.
Dallas 6, Nashville 3: Vernon Fiddler, Loui Eriksson and Steve Ott scored during a span of 3:05 in the first period and the Stars went on to victory. Dallas rookie Richard Bachman stopped 34 shots in his seventh consecutive start.
Colorado 2, Tampa Bay 1 (OT): Matt Duchene scored his 12th goal of the season at 3:38 of overtime to give the Avalanche eight wins in a row at home for the first time since 1995.
St. Louis 3, Phoenix 2: The Coyotes' loss left them with only seven home wins this season. The road, though, has been kinder -- Phoenix has 11 wins to its credit. Jason Arnott scored what proved to be the game-winning goal early in the third period.
Calgary at Vancouver: The Canucks have made up a lot of ground in the Northwest Division, thanks to a 12-2-1 stretch. They are on the verge of catching Minnesota, losers of six in a row.
Los Angeles at San Jose: Darryl Sutter was hoping for two wins in a row behind the Kings' bench when his team played in San Jose. Sutter hadn't coached a game since 2005-06.
Around the rinks
Mike Milbury: A spokesman for former Bruins player and coach Mike Milbury, now a television commentator, says his client won't face criminal charges for a confrontation he had with a 12-year-old boy after a youth hockey game. Police had sought to have Milbury charged with assault and battery, making threats and disorderly conduct.
Compiled from News and wire service reports.