Paul Byron scored at 3:15 of overtime to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Andrei Markov and Greg Pateryn scored in regulation and Ben Scrivens made a season-high 41 saves for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Zach Bogosian and Marcus Foligno had goals for Buffalo and leading scorer Ryan O’Reilly had an assist in his first game back after missing 11 games with a broken right foot. Robin Lehner made 19 saves.
The Canadiens had yet to put a shot on goal in the overtime when Byron carried the puck up the left side and sent a cross-ice pass from the point to Torrey Mitchell that deflected off Bogosian’s stick and past Lehner.
Flyers 3, Blackhawks 2: Radko Gudas scored on a deflected shot in the third period, and Philadelphia moved into position for a wild-card playoff spot. Philadelphia improved to 8-1-1 in its past 10 games and leapfrogged idle Detroit for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Gudas’ slap shot at 9:53 of the third went off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and then bounced off the ice before elevating past goaltender Scott Darling.
Oilers 6, Blues 4: Mark Letestu and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals each to lead Edmonton to a victory.
Note: While the NHL decides whether to add any teams, the league has already come up with a framework for a potential expansion draft. The plan with the intent of having more competitive teams from the outset was distributed to general managers at their meeting Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla. The idea for the expansion draft would have teams possibly lose one player if one team was added, and two players if two teams are added. Teams would be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and a goaltender. Players in their first two years in any league and unsigned draft picks are all exempt.