BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Roberto Luongo made 30 saves for his 68th career shutout to lead the Florida Panthers past the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Friday night.
Brad Boyes and Nick Bjugstad scored for Florida, which won for the first time in three games.
Luongo has shutouts in his last three starts in Buffalo, and this one moved him into sole possession of 13th on the NHL’s career list.
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Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves for Buffalo, which has lost three in a row.
Florida started the scoring at the 3:29 mark when Sabres defenseman Tyson Strachan missed the puck on a clearing attempt and the Panthers worked the puck to Boyes, who scored alone in front of the net. With Mike Weber in the box for an interference penalty, Bjugstad made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 11:51.
PENGUINS 6, LIGHTNING 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Steve Downie scored twice after missing five games with the mumps, and the Pittsburgh Penguins used a three-goal, first-period lead to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal, his 12th of the year and Evgeni Malkin netted his 17th – and just his second in 11 games – as Pittsburgh won its ninth straight home game against Tampa Bay. Sidney Crosby added four assists for the Penguins, who bolstered their depth at forward earlier in the day by acquiring left wing David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers.
Andrew Ebbett added a goal and an assist, and Christian Ehrhoff also scored.
Brian Boyle, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn had goals for the Lightning, whose four-game win streak ended.
CANADIENS 4, DEVILS 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Michael Bournival scored his first two goals of the season and Carey Price made 22 saves on a personal milestone night and the Montreal Canadiens extended their winning streak to five with a victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Price got his 200th victory in his 400th game as Montreal won for the eighth time in the past nine games. Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens while P.K. Subban had three assists.
The Devils are headed in the opposite direction. They have only two wins in the past 12 games (2-7-3). Rookie Keith Kinkaid also made 22 stops. Michael Ryder got a goal in his return after missing three games with the mumps. Mike Cammalleri also scored for the Devils.
HURRICANES 2, FLYERS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Brad Malone scored his first goal of the season and Eric Staal got his 10th and the Carolina Hurricanes held on for a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Cam Ward made 20 saves for the Hurricanes, who won for only the third time in a month and scored as many as two goals for just the fourth time in the past 14 games.
Philadelphia, which got 24 saves from Steve Mason, fell to 6-12-4 on the road and 4-15-4 when allowing the first goal. Philadelphia didn’t reach the 10-shot mark until the final five minutes of the second period and was outshot 26-21 overall.
Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux left with 15:15 remaining after suffering a cut to his left leg by the skate blade of the Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk.
WILD 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Kyle Brodziak, Jared Spurgeon and Mikko Koivu scored, Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves, and the Minnesota Wild beat the short-handed Toronto Maple Leafs.
After Cody Franson’s 5-on-3 goal tied it at 1 early in the third period, Spurgeon unloaded a slap shot from the right circle to beat Jonathan Bernier with 12:17 to play. Less than 2 minutes later, Koivu scored on the power play to make it 3-1 and give Minnesota its first home win in its past five games.
Toronto, the NHL’s highest-scoring team at 3.29 goals per game, played without forwards Joffrey Lupul, Peter Holland and Nazem Kadri. The three veterans have totaled 57 points this season and were hurt in Toronto’s shootout win over Boston on Wednesday.
ISLANDERS 2, FLAMES 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – John Tavares scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to their third straight victory.
After Tavares opened the scoring eight minutes into the game, the score remained 1-0 until 12:16 of the third period when Tavares got the puck in the slot, fended off Deryk Engelland and fired his team-leading 17th goal through the pads of Jonas Hiller.
The Flames got a goal from Johnny Gaudreau with 3:25 left in the third period to get back within one, but could not tie it against Jaroslav Halak, who had 22 saves to win his seventh straight game and improve to 21-6-0.
New York (26-11-1) improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games and kept pace with Pittsburgh atop the Metropolitan Division.
AVALANCHE 2, OILERS 1, SO
DENVER (AP) – Alex Tanguay and Matt Duchene scored shootout goals, Semyon Varlamov stopped both of Edmonton’s shooters and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Oilers 2-1 on Friday night.
Varlamov had 27 saves in regulation and overtime, and Daniel Briere scored in regulation for Colorado.
It was the fifth straight shootout win for the Avalanche, who are 6-2-2 in their last 10.
After both teams failed to convert on their first shootout opportunities, Duchene got one past Ben Scrivens. Varlamov made a save on Jordan Eberle, and Tanguay finished it with a roof shot over a sprawled Scrivens.
Ben Pouliot scored for Edmonton, and Scrivens finished with 27 saves.
DUCKS 4, BLUES 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Matt Beleskey scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and Sami Vatanen had two assists in the Anaheim Ducks’ victory over the St. Louis Blues.
After St. Louis rallied three times to erase a one-goal Ducks lead in the first two periods, Beleskey beat Martin Brodeur with a vicious wrist shot for his 16th goal with 9:05 to play. The NHL-leading Ducks hung on for their ninth consecutive home victory over St. Louis since October 2009.
Ryan Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks, who are 2-1 on their eight-game homestand.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have lost six of seven. T.J. Oshie scored St. Louis’ first goal.