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Buffalo off to 8-0 start in NHL

Buffalo off to 8-0 start in NHL

Chris Drury scored two power-play goals and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 6-2 and improved their record to 8-0 to match their franchise-best start in the NHL on Saturday.
Jason Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov scored 1:39 apart early in the second period to open a 4-1 lead for the Sabres, who matched the 1975 club record for consecutive victories to start a season. Buffalo has also won a franchise-record 13 straight in the regular season.
Ales Kotalik and Thomas Vanek also scored for Buffalo, and Martin Biron had 26 saves.
Phil Kessel, Boston's No. 1 pick in this year's draft, scored his first NHL goal, and Wade Brookbank had the Bruins' other score.
Thrashers 4, Panthers 2
At Atlanta, Marian Hossa scored two more goals, Ilya Kovalchuk finally got one in regulation and Atlanta kept up the best start in franchise history.
J.P. Vigier also scored and Kari Lehtonen turned aside 18 shots in the Thrashers' sixth win in the first eight games. Atlanta has picked up 13 of a possible 16 points, with its only regulation loss coming on a last-second goal by defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina.
Chris Gratton and Joe Nieuwendyk scored for the Panthers, who also knocked a couple of shots off the post.
Islanders 4, Hurricanes 3, OT
At Uniondale, New York, Tom Poti scored New York's third power-play goal 23 seconds into overtime, capping the Islanders' rally over Carolina.
Poti, a defenseman who assisted on two other goals, snapped a shot from inside the blue line that passed through a screen by Mike Sillinger and found the net behind John Grahame. It gave Rick DiPietro his first win of the season following a four-game layoff due to a groin injury.
Jason Blake, Mike York and Sillinger scored in regulation for the Islanders.
Justin Williams had two goals and Rod Brind'Amour also scored for Carolina, which suffered its second straight tough loss and concluded a season-high, seven-game road trip.
Canadiens 8, Avalanche 5
At Montreal, Sheldon Souray had two goals and two assists and Chris Higgins scored Montreal's fourth power-play goal midway through the third, leading the Canadiens in Colorado goalie Jose Theodore's return to the Bell Centre.
Higgins scored his fifth of the season 10:55 into the third, tapping a loose puck behind Theodore and over the goal line to put Montreal ahead 6-5. Craig Rivet, Sergei Samsonov, Michael Ryder, Alex Kovalev and Mike Johnson had the Canadiens' other goals.
Colorado's Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist to move within three points of 1,500 for his career, and Paul Stastny scored his first career goal. Andrew Brunette had two goals and Tyler Arnason also scored for the Avalanche.
Lightning 6, Capitals 4
At Washington, Martin St. Louis and Nikita Alexeev scored 22 seconds apart during a three-goal second period that carried Tampa Bay past Washington.
Alexeev had two goals, and Vincent Lecavalier, Andreas Karlsson and Brad Richards also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won three of four.
Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Brian Sutherby and Alexader Ovechkin scored for the Capitals, who had claimed points in five straight games. Washington had been unbeaten at home.
Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO
At Toronto, Brendan Shanahan scored the only goal of the shootout after getting his eighth goal of the season in regulation to lead New York over Toronto.
Nigel Dawes, Michael Nylander and Jason Ward also scored for the Rangers, who avoided their fifth loss in six games.
Mats Sundin, Alex Ponikarovsky and Darcy Tucker failed to score in the shootout before Shanahan beat goalie Andrew Raycroft with a wrist shot between the pads.
Darcy Tucker scored twice, and Alex Ponikarovsky and Jeff O'Neill also had goals for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four straight to the Rangers.
Senators 8, Devils 1
At Ottawa, Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond scored two goals apiece to help Ottawa earn its first win in six homes games this season.
Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, and Dany Heatley, Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing also scored for the Senators.
Ray Emery made 34 saves for his second win of the season, while New Jersey star Martin Brodeur allowed six goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Scott Clemmensen midway through the second period. Clemmensen gave up two goals on 12 shots.
Brian Gionta scored the lone goal for the Devils.
Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3
At Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin scored for the third straight game, leading Pittsburgh over Columbus.
Malkin, the highly touted Russian rookie, scored on a wrist shot midway through the third period to put Pittsburgh ahead 4-2 and become the first player to score in his first three NHL games since Jan Caloun did it for the San Jose Sharks in 1995-96.
The Penguins got two short-handed goals from 18-year-old Jordan Staal, their first-round draft pick in June. Michel Ouellet and Sergei Gonchar scored the first two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots.
Gilbert Brule, Fredrik Modin and Nikolai Zherdev scored for Columbus, which lost its third straight and fifth in seven games this season.
Canucks 4, Predators 3, OT
At Nashville, Tennessee, Lukas Krajicek's first goal of the season lifted Vancouver in overtime.
Krajicek took a shot from the left circle that went over the glove and shoulder of Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun 2:32 into the extra period.
Jan Bulis, Taylor Pyatt, and Brendan Morrison scored for Vancouver, which won for the third time in four games. Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots for the Canucks.
Scott Hartnell, J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat had the goals for Nashville, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Erat capitalized on a 2-on-1 break to put the Predators ahead 3-2 at the 6:40 mark of the second period. However, Morrison tied the score at 18:20.
Blues 4, Blackhawks 3
At Chicago, Lee Stempniak scored twice and assisted on Petr Cajanek's tiebreaking goal early in the third period to help St. Louis beat Chicago.
Cajanek converted a rebound of Stempniak's shot from the slot 2:57 into the third to snap a 3-3 tie. Stempniak, in his second pro season, had his first three-point game in the NHL, and Bill Guerin also scored for the Blues.
Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which played without right wing Martin Havlat. Havlat, who entered Saturday as the NHL's scoring leader with 13 points, will miss two-to-three weeks after spraining his right ankle on Friday against Dallas.
Rene Bourque and Michal Handzus also scored for the Blackhawks.
Stars 4, Coyotes 0
At Phoenix, Dallas goalie Mike Smith stopped 22 shots and shut out the Phoenix Coyotes in his NHL debut.
Mike Ribiero, Mike Modano, Phillipe Boucher and Darryl Sydor each scored for the Stars, who won for the seventh time on eight games to match the best start in franchise history.
Curtis Joseph made 28 saves for the Coyotes, who were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since March 24-26, 2004. Phoenix is off to its worst eight-game start (2-6) since opening the 1994-95 season 1-5-2 while in Winnipeg.
Wild 4, Sharks 1
At San Jose, Wes Walz and Stephane Veilleux each had a goal and an assist, and Minnesota rebounded from its first loss.
Manny Fernandez made 31 saves as the Wild easily won a meeting of 6-1 teams, slowing the Sharks' best start in franchise history with four goals on just 14 shots in the first 47 minutes of the finale of a three-game California road trip.
Mark Parrish and Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild, while Fernandez was outstanding before losing the chance for his second shutout of the season on captain Patrick Marleau's goal during 4-on-4 play with 6:20 left.
Oilers 3, Red Wings 1
At Edmonton, Petr Sykora and Joffrey Lupul scored on breakaways exactly 2 minutes apart late in the third period to lead Edmonton over Detroit.
Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk scored on a brilliant individual effort to tie the score 1-1 at 11:24 of the third.
Sykora beat Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek stick-side on a breakaway to put the Oilers back ahead at 13:39. Then, Lupul went in alone 2 minutes later to seal the win for the Oilers, who have won five of seven to start the season.
Steve Staios scored Edmonton's first goal.


Updated : 2021-10-19 01:53 GMT+08:00