Skinner leads Sabres past Canadiens 3-2, winning streak at 8
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored 3:06 into overtime after getting the tying goal late in regulation, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Friday for their eighth straight victory.
Buffalo’s win streak is the longest in the NHL and the team’s best stretch since winning 10 in a row to start the 2006-07 season. Casey Mittelstadt also scored for the Sabres, and Carter Hutton made 31 saves.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sean Couturier scored a pair of goals, Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his 12th career shutout and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak by scoring three goals in the final five minutes, 21 seconds.
Nino Niederreiter, Eric Fehr and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota, which trailed 2-0 after two periods. Alex Stalock made 26 saves while filling in for Devan Dubnyk, who was scratched with an illness.
Patrik Laine scored for the sixth time in three games for Winnipeg, which has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Nikolaj Ehlers added his fifth goal of the season, and Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves.
Kempny snapped a 1-1 tie with a slap shot at 6:38, and Ovechkin extended the lead to 3-1 with his 16th of the season.
Andreas Athanasiou scored his 10th goal of the season in the first period for the Red Wings, who were 9-2 in their last 11 games before the trip to Washington. Jonathan Bernier finished with 17 stops.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Tuch had a goal and an assist in his 100th career game to lead Vegas.
Colin Miller scored his first goal of the season, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in his fourth shutout of the season. It also was the 52nd shutout of his career, moving him into sole possession of 24th place on the NHL list, one shy of Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.
Calgary goaltender David Rittich made 26 saves. He entered with a six-start win streak and an 8-1-0 mark on the year.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Martinook recorded his first career hat trick and Carolina defeated Florida.
Martinook scored in the first period and added two goals in the third for the Hurricanes, who won their third straight game.
Troy Brouwer scored Florida’s only goal at 14:04 of the third period, spoiling McElhinney’s shutout bid.
The Lightning (16-6-1) remained on top of the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Buffalo.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored for the sixth straight game, and Columbus remained atop the Metropolitan Division with the win.
BOSTON (AP) — Joakim Nordstrom scored 1:57 into overtime to lift Boston past Pittsburgh.
Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal for Pittsburgh, which was trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month.
Tristan Jarry had 35 saves for the Penguins, getting his first start of the season one day after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after the Penguins placed Matt Murray on injured reserve Thursday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — J.T. Compher scored a pair of short-handed goals in his return after missing 16 games due to injury for Colorado.
Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford and Robby Fabbri also scored for the Blues, who posted their highest goal total in 11 games. Robert Thomas had a pair of assists, and Jake Allen made 26 saves as interim head coach Craig Berube earned his first win since taking over after Mike Yeo was fired on Monday night.
Thornton had two assists, moving him past Mario Lemieux for 11th place on the NHL list. The 39-year-old center scored his 400th goal on Nov. 13.
- Buffalo Sabres
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Colorado Avalanche
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Jeff Skinner
- Minnesota Wild
- Montreal Canadiens
- Nashville Predators
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Islanders
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- San Jose Sharks
- St. Louis Blues
- Tampa Bay Lightning
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