Biron wins 200th NHL game
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Martin Biron earned his 200th NHL win and 26th career shutout, and Jeff Tambellini scored three goals for his first career hat trick as the New York Islanders routed the Buffalo Sabres 5-0 Saturday night to stretch their winning streak to three games.
Biron made 38 saves in his first victory with the Islanders since joining the club during the offseason. He was 0-3-2 in his first six outings with the team.
Tambellini, who never had a two-goal game in his first four NHL seasons, now has two in four games. The Islanders won for the third time in four days to improve to 4-4-5 this season. Richard Park and Josh Bailey added goals for New York, which also beat the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals this week.
Biron turned aside 10 power-play shots for his first shutout since Feb. 25, when he was with Philadelphia.
The Sabres had their four-game winning streak ended.
Red Wings 3, Flames 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom scored 59 seconds apart in the second period, and Alberta native Chris Osgood made 20 saves to help Detroit get the win.
Kirk Maltby added an empty-net goal for Detroit. The Red Wings went 2-1-2 on their five-game trip and are 5-4-3 overall.
Daymond Langkow scored for Calgary, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves. The Flames dropped to 7-4-1 with their second straight loss.
Coyotes 3, Ducks 2, SO
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Radim Vrbata scored in the shootout to give the Coyotes the victory.
Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne in the tiebreaker to preserve the win. The Coyotes earned their ninth win of October, tying a franchise record.
Selanne gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead midway through the third period when his shot from the right face-off circle deflected off Bryzgalov’s right pad and into the net.
Phoenix tied it 18 seconds later when Vernon Fiddler, untouched and to the left of goalie Jonas Hiller, converted a pass from Sami Lapisto at 10:31 for his second of the season.
Flyers 6, Hurricanes 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Braydon Coburn scored twice and Scott Hartnell and Matt Carle each had a goal and two assists to help Philadelphia snap a two-game losing streak and send Carolina to its eighth straight loss.
David Laliberte, playing in his first NHL game, and James Van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, unbeaten in their last six regulation games at home against Carolina.
Brandon Sutter scored for the Hurricanes (2-7-3), off to their worst start since 1997 – the franchise’s first season in Carolina – when they were 2-7-2. Carolina, winless on the road (0-5-2), is on an 0-5-3 skid overall.
Ray Emery, who stopped 28 saves in the Flyers’ season-opening, 2-0 win over Carolina on Oct. 2, made 39 saves in the rematch.
Michael Leighton, making his first start for the Hurricanes, stopped 22 shots.
Wild 2, Penguins 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves and Minnesota won on the road for the first time this season.
Kyle Brodziak and Eric Belanger scored in the first period for the Wild, who avoided being the first NHL team in 17 years to start 0-9 on the road. Including Minnesota’s victory over the New York Rangers on Friday, the Wild won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Minnesota beat the Stanley Cup champion Penguins (11-3), who own the NHL’s best record, despite being outshot 35-15. The Wild (5-9) are 3-0 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Backstrom, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, allowed only a goal to Pascal Dupuis in the first period.
The Penguins had more shots on goal in the first period (16) than Minnesota had in the game but trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes.
Bruins 2, Oilers 0
BOSTON (AP) – Rookie Tuukka Rask turned aside 19 shots for his second shutout in eight NHL starts, and Vladimir Sobotka and Blake Wheeler set each other up for goals to lead Boston over Edmonton.
Rask was locked in a scoreless duel with veteran Nikolai Khabibulin until Wheeler converted on Sobotka’s hard work 2:47 into the third period. Sobotka finished off a 2-on-1 at 7:02.
Daniel Paille assisted on both goals.
Rask, in his fourth start this season, gave Boston its third straight shutout of Edmonton and the Bruins’ eighth win in a row over the Oilers, dating to 2000. He blanked the New York Rangers in his only start last season.
Claude Julien earned his 100th victory as Bruins’ coach.
Edmonton has lost four of five. The Oilers last defeated Boston Oct. 17, 2000, and last scored against the Bruins Dec. 3, 2005. Boston’s shutout streak over Edmonton grew to 204 minutes, 2 seconds.
Thrashers 3, Senators 1
OTTAWA (AP) – Ondrej Pavelec made 50 saves, and Rich Peverley had a goal and assist for Atlanta, which broke a four-game losing streak by beating Ottawa.
Zach Bogosian and Maxim Afinogenov also scored for the Thrashers (5-4-1), who played without injured captain Ilya Kovalchuk. Atlanta snapped an 0-3-1 skid.
Mike Fisher scored the lone goal for the Senators (6-4-2), who lost their second in a row. Pascal Leclaire stopped 18 shots, but his teammates struggled to create any real offensive threat.
Devils 2, Lightning 1, SO
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – David Clarkson scored the lone shootout goal in the fourth round of the tiebreaker and New Jersey extended its road winning streak to seven games.
The run at the start of the season equals the second longest in NHL history, matching Toronto (1940-41), Philadelphia (1985-86) and Detroit (2005-06). Buffalo holds the league record of 10 in a row, set at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
Travis Zajac scored in regulation for the Devils. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots, but had his bid to tie Terry Sawchuk’s NHL shutout record of 103 end just under 5 minutes into the third period.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored in his fifth straight game and backup goalie Antero Niittymaki made 37 saves. The Lightning dropped to 4-0-3 at home.
Panthers 4, Blues 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Tomas Vokoun stopped all 34 shots for his 32nd NHL shutout and Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist as Florida beat St. Louis.
Cory Stillman, Stephen Weiss and Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the Panthers, who won Friday night in a shootout at Dallas. The back-to-back wins matched Florida’s win total for the month before Friday.
Vokoun improved to 13-10-3 overall against St. Louis.
The Blues, who lost for the fifth time in six home games, have gone 123 minutes, 50 seconds without a goal at home and dropped below .500 for the first time this season. They are 3-6-1 since opening the season with two wins over Detroit in Sweden.
Predators 4, Stars 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Patric Hornqvist and Kevin Klein scored goals 1:43 apart midway through the third period to lead Nashville over Dallas.
The Predators are on a season-high three-game winning streak. Dallas lost for the second time in two nights.
The teams traded power-play goals in the first. Steve Ott scored for Dallas and Shea Weber answered for Nashville. James Neal assisted on Ott’s goal, giving him a point in a career-high six consecutive games.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead at 2:15 of the second on a goal by Brian Sutherby, but Nashville tied it early in the third on Steve Sullivan’s first goal since the season opener in Dallas.
Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to record his fourth consecutive win. Alex Auld turned aside 29 shots in the loss.
Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO
MONTREAL (AP) – Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez scored in a shootout to lift Montreal over Toronto after squandering a two-goal lead in the third period.
The Canadiens led 4-2 midway through the frame, but Alexei Ponikarovsky’s second of the game and a last-minute goal from Tomas Kaberle tied it with 54 seconds left in regulation.
Both Montreal shooters beat Vesa Toskala in the shootout. Jaroslav Halak stopped Lee Stempniak and Kaberle in Toronto’s first shootout of the season.
Kaberle added three assists, giving him 13 points in his last five games, including a five-point night against Anaheim on Oct. 26.
The Canadiens got goals from Glen Metropolit, Guillaume Latendresse and Hal Gill in the second period. Roman Hamrlik scored in the third.
Stempniak also scored for Toronto (1-7-4), which ended a five-game road trip with a 1-1-3 record.
Montreal (7-7-0) ended a two-game skid with its sixth win after regulation.