The Columbus Blue Jackets are the only winless side in the NHL after the Dallas Stars edged them 3-2 at the Nationwide Arena.
It wasn't for a lack of effort as Columbus recorded 40 shots on goal against Kari Lehtonen in the Dallas net. Center Derick Brassard finally broke through 5:06 into the third period on the power play, assisted by Rick Nash and David Savard, but by this time the Blue Jackets were already two goals down to strikes from Steve Ott and Jamie Benn. Michael Ryder would restore the Dallas two-goal advantage 1:21 later before a Kris Russell consolation finished the scoring.
The Los Angeles Kings won their second in a row and remain three points behind the Stars in the Pacific Division standings with a 5-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues. Simon Gagne had two goals, an assist and a team-high five shots on goal to lead LA to the win.
Alex Tanguay scored the winner with less than five minutes to go as the Calgary Flames rallied for the 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Jay Bouwmeester had equalized 90 seconds earlier as the potential Oilers win vanished quickly. In Phoenix, the ageless Ray Whitney scored his third goal of the campaign to bring the Coyotes back into a 2-2 tie with Chicago only to see the Blackhawks run off three unanswered goals and emerge victorious at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
The Kings are 17/5 to win the Pacific Division while the Coyotes are 9/2 and the Stars are 9/2.
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