TAMPA, Fla. — The surging Calgary Flames got balanced scoring and another win.
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist, Mike Smith made 33 saves, and the Flames beat the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
“A big confidence boost for our group, and keep the winning streak alive,” Smith said.
Micheal Ferland, Sam Bennett, Mark Jankowski and Matthew Tkachuk also scored to help the Flames improve to 11-5-4 on the road. Gaudreau has nine assists and 10 points during a five-game points streak.
“A lot of guys were contributing chances and everybody was responsible defensively,” Tkachuk said.
Brayden Point scored for Tampa Bay.
The Lightning lost All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman midway through the second with a lower-body injury. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper offered no update but said Hedman will undergo tests Friday.
“We’ll see the extent of what’s wrong,” Cooper said. “No reason to speculate.”
Hedman was hit on side of his left knee during a collision with Calgary’s Garnet Hathaway and needed assistance to the locker room. On Tuesday night against Carolina, Hedman could not put any weight on his left skate heading to the bench with three minutes left in the second but returned two minutes later.
Hurricanes 3, Capitals 1: WASHINGTON — Victor Rask broke a tie on a delayed penalty with 9:06 left to lift Carolina, hours after the team’s sale to Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon was finalized.
Sabres 3, Blue Jackets 1: BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo which snapped a five-game skid. Benoit Pouliot and Jack Eichel also scored, and Linus Ullmark made 44 saves in his first NHL game of the season.