It looked like Carolina's record of 16 straight wins when entering the third period with a lead was going to fall as Nashville kept clawing their way back into this one. But a thrown stick in overtime and nice penalty shot conversion by an unlikely defenseman keeps the streak alive.
As of this morning, the top five teams in the NHL are:
- Carolina -- 62 pts (29-10-4)
- Philadelphia -- 62 pts (28-10-6)
- Ottawa -- 61 pts (29-10-3)
- Detroit -- 61 pts (29-12-3)
- Dallas -- 60 pts (29-12-2)