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Buffalo cruise past Washington 6-3

Buffalo cruise past Washington 6-3

Chris Drury had two goals and two assists, sparking Buffalo's six-goal first period in the Sabres' 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals in the NHL on Tuesday.
Ales Kotalik had a goal and two assists while Maxim Afinogenov and Thomas Vanek added a goal and assist each for the NHL's top-scoring team. Brian Campbell also scored in a game that was decided before it was 11 minutes old.
Buffalo needed only nine shots to build a 6-0 lead when Vanek connected with 9:03 left in the first.
Buffalo (26-7-3) scored four times in a 5:39 span, including two goals 15 seconds apart, and six in a span of 9:06. Remarkably, the six-goal first period wasn't even a season best for the Sabres, who scored seven times in a 7-2 win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 20.
Alex Ovechkin, Chris Clark and Kris Beech scored for the Capitals.
Hurricanes 4, Panthers 2
At Raleigh, North Carolina, Rod Brind'Amour scored the go-ahead goal 50 seconds into the third period, and Carolina beat Florida for its season-best fifth straight victory.
Scott Walker, Cory Stillman and Justin Williams also scored, and Eric Staal added two assists for the Hurricanes. Williams' goal was his team-leading 18th of the season and seventh in seven games.
Cam Ward made 25 saves for the Hurricanes, who won their seventh straight home game against Florida.
Nathan Horton scored twice for Florida.
Devils 3, Penguins 0
At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his 85th career shutout and New Jersey beat Pittsburgh.
Travis Zajac scored early in the second period, and Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta added insurance goals late in the third.
Brodeur earned his fifth shutout this season and moved into sole possession of third place on the career list, one ahead of Glenn Hall.
The win was only the third in eight games for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils, who ended a three-game losing streak on home ice.
It was a frustrating night for Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. The NHL's leading scorer had his 10-game point streak snapped as Pittsburgh lost its fourth straight.
Islanders 2, Rangers 0
At Uniondale, New York, Rick DiPietro stopped 28 shots for his third consecutive shutout at home, and the New York Islanders got goals from Arron Asham and Jason Blake in a 2-0 victory over the slumping Rangers.
DiPietro extended his home shutout streak to 185:43 in his 10th career shutout and fourth this season. The last goal he allowed at Nassau Coliseum came with 43 seconds left in regulation of a 2-1 shootout win against Florida on Dec. 9.
The Rangers have lost six straight following a five-game winning streak.
The Islanders also improved to 3-0 against their crosstown rivals this month. The last time they won three consecutive regular-season games in one season against the Rangers was in 1997-98.
Blackhawks 2, Stars 1
At Chicago, Denis Arkhipov and Martin Lapointe each scored a power-play goal, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 20 saves to lead Chicago past Dallas.
The Blackhawks snapped an 0-for-18 power-play slump that spanned four games.
Stu Barnes scored for the Stars and Marty Turco made 22 saves in losing for only the second time in his career to Chicago. He is 11-1-2 against the Blackhawks.
Blue Jackets 5, Bruins 4, OT
At Columbus, Ohio, David Vyborny scored his second goal with 1:54 left in overtime and Columbus rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Boston.
With the Blue Jackets on a two-man advantage, Sergei Fedorov tied the score at 4 with his second goal of the game with only 23 seconds left in regulation. It came on a pass from Vyborny. Jason Chimera also scored for Columbus.
Patrice Bergeron extended his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist for Boston.
Brad Boyes, Wayne Primeau and Stanislav Chistov also scored for the Bruins, who tried to hang onto their lead behind 19 third-period saves by Tim Thomas.
Thrashers 2, Lightning 1
At Atlanta, Jim Slater scored his second goal with 8.1 seconds left to lift Atlanta over Tampa Bay for its fourth straight victory.
The Thrashers had lost four of five to the Lightning this season, including an 8-0 blowout in their previous meeting on Dec. 7.
Martin St. Louis scored a short-handed goal for Tampa Bay in the first period, his 24th. Atlanta tied it in the second on a goal by Vyacheslav Kozlov.
Maple Leafs 4, Wild 3
At Toronto, Jeff O'Neill scored with 2:18 remaining and Toronto ended a three-game skid with a victory over Minnesota.
John Pohl, Mats Sundin and Alex Steen also scored for the Maple Leafs.
Kurtis Foster, Wes Walz and Brian Rolston scored for the Wild, winless in nine road games since winning at Nashville on Nov. 16.


Updated : 2021-05-08 20:45 GMT+08:00