BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 shots for his 10th career shutout in his Minnesota debut, Jason Pominville had three assists against his former team, and the Wild snapped a six-game skid with a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
The Sabres extended their losing streak to nine – all decided in regulation. No NHL has done that since the Edmonton Oilers lost nine straight in regulation from Feb. 25 to March 15, 2007, according to STATS.
Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Erik Haula had a goal and assist each in a game in which the Wild scored five times on their first 25 shots, and before the second period was over. Thomas Vanek, another ex-Sabres star, also had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which had its largest margin of victory in franchise history.
Matt Cooke, Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild, who rebounded from a 7-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
CANUCKS 4, FLYERS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Nick Bonino, Radim Vrbata and Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver, which snapped a three-game losing streak and broke out of a scoring slump. The Canucks tallied just two goals during their skid.
It was Miller’s fourth shutout this season and 33rd of his NHL career. He returned to the net after missing two games due to illness.
Philadelphia dropped its second straight and fell further out of playoff contention. The Flyers entered Thursday 11 points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
BRUINS 3, RANGERS 0
BOSTON (AP) – Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout, Patrice Bergeron scored a first-period goal, and the Boston Bruins won their fifth straight by beating the New York Rangers.
The Rangers have lost 3-0 in consecutive games after winning five straight and 13 of 14.
David Krejci and Loui Eriksson also scored for Boston, which has earned points in nine consecutive games (6-0-3). Torey Krug added two assists. It was Rask’s 25th NHL shutout.
Cam Talbot made 29 saves for the Rangers, with top goalie Henrik Lundqvist getting the night off.
SENATORS 4, CANADIENS 1
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his first goal of the season to help lead the Ottawa Senators past the Montreal Canadiens.
Mika Zibanejad, Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots in his 399th game and has allowed two goals or less in eight of his last 10 starts.
Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal for the Canadiens as Dustin Tokarski turned away 31 of 34 shots.
It marked the Senators’ first home game since returning from a four-game road trip, where Ottawa went 1-2-1 and they looked motivated from the start right through the final buzzer.
LIGHTNING 3, OILERS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Ondrej Palat scored a pair of third-period goals, and the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers.
Steven Stamkos also scored in his fourth straight game for the Lightning, who overtook the idle New York Islanders atop the East.
Tampa Bay finished a run of 21 games that included a 6-0-1 record against Edmonton, Buffalo and Carolina, the NHL’s worst three teams. The Lightning went 5-8-1 against other opponents during that stretch.
Edmonton, which has lost 14 consecutive road games, got two goals from Benoit Pouliot. He has scored the last five Oilers goals.
RED WINGS 3, BLUES 2, OT
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Pavel Datsyuk scored at 4:57 of overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a win over the St. Louis Blues.
Detroit won for the fourth time in five games and completed a six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark. Petr Mrazek made 25 saves and improved to 3-0 in four career appearances against St. Louis.
Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar scored in a 60-second span in the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead. Datsyuk’s 14th goal of the season helped Detroit improve to 5-9 in overtime.
David Backes and Alexander Steen had goals for St. Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Steen scored with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie it 2-2.
AVALANCHE 4, PANTHERS 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Nick Holden scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche over the Florida Panthers.
Tyson Barrie had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla also scored for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who won for the first time in three games.
Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots.
JETS 2, STARS 1
DALLAS (AP) – Ondrej Pavelec made a season-high 46 saves, leading the Winnipeg Jets past the Dallas Stars.
Pavelec made 22 of his saves in the second period, preserving what was then a 1-0 lead. Pavelec stopped breakaways by the Stars’ Shawn Horcoff and Cody Eakin.
Michael Frolik scored a first-period goal, and Evander Kane added a short-handed clincher at 7:34 of the third during a four-minute Dallas power play.
Trevor Daley scored the Stars’ goal at 18:44 of the third period after coach Lindy Ruff had pulled goalie Anders Lindback.
FLAMES 4, COYOTES 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – David Jones, Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan scored third-period goals, and Joni Ortio made 28 saves in his second win in two starts this season to lead the Calgary Flames past the Arizona Coyotes.
Jones broke a 1-1 tie, and Monahan scored into an empty net with 1:25 left. Calgary has won all four meetings against Arizona this season.
Mikael Backlund sent a shot past Mike Smith’s glove side at 1:03 of the second period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. That was Calgary’s only shot for the first 12 minutes of the period. Smith finished with 21 saves.
Mikkel Boedker lifted the Coyotes into a 1-1 tie at 12:36 of the second. It was the fifth goal in six shots over four games for Boedker, who leads the Coyotes with 14 goals.
SHARKS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Tyler Kennedy and Patrick Marleau scored goals 15 seconds apart in the first period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs.
Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots to win his second straight as the Sharks ended a three-game, home-losing streak. Tommy Wingels added an empty-net goal in the last minute.
Roman Polak scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost their third straight and for the sixth time in seven games. Polak’s goal was Toronto’s first in just over 133 minutes.
James Reimer, who made 39 saves, fell to 1-4 against the Sharks. San Jose won its fourth straight over the Maple Leafs and is 8-1 against them in the past nine meetings.