National Hockey League Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkOctober 17, 2013 

Buffalo, NY ( - Roberto Luongo stopped all 25 shots he faced earn his first shutout of the season, and Vancouver scored one goal in all three periods as the Canucks blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0. The Canucks dominated the game from the opening drop, out-shooting Buffalo 19-7 in the first period. Chris Higgins scored the first goal, Brad Richardson lit the lamp in the second and Ryan Stanton tallied the final goal midway through the third. Vancouver, which was coming off a win in Philadelphia on the heels of back-to-back 4-1 home losses, has won three straight on the road. Ryan Miller had 31 saves in a losing effort for the Sabres, who were coming off their first win of the season Tuesday against the Islanders.

Final Score: Carolina 3, Toronto 2

Toronto, ON ( - Ron Hainsey's fluke goal in the third period gave the Carolina Hurricanes a surprising 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Ryan Murphy and Eric Staal also scored in the third period for the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Cam Ward made 24 saves in the win. Joffrey Lupul and Josh Leivo scored the goals for the Maple Leafs, who came into the game having won six of seven to start the season. James Reimer started the game for Toronto, but left just 32 seconds in after getting hit in the head during a collision with Leivo. Jonathan Bernier played the rest of the game and allowed three goals on 37 shots.

Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Edmonton 2

Uniondale, NY ( - John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period while adding an assist in the New York Islanders' 3-2 victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers from Nassau Coliseum. Kyle Okposo recorded a goal and an assist as well to help put the Islanders back in the win column following an 0-2-1 stretch. Josh Bailey also scored for New York and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27-of-29 shots in the triumph. Taylor Hall accounted for both Oilers' goals, which came a mere eight seconds apart late in the first period. Edmonton failed to generate much offensively the rest of the way, however, en route to a fifth straight defeat that dropped the young club to 1-6-1 under first-year head coach Dallas Eakins. Devan Dubnyk finished with 37 saves for the Oilers in a losing cause.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1

Philadelphia, PA ( - Evgeni Malkin picked up a goal and one assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins sent the Philadelphia Flyers to a franchise- worst start to a season by claiming a 4-1 decision on Thursday. Even playing without top defenseman Kris Letang (knee) and key forward James Neal (lower- body), four different players lit the lamp, including Sidney Crosby, who increased his season-commencing point streak to seven games. Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins, the Metropolitan Division leaders who improved to 6-1-0 on the year. Pascal Dupuis added a pair of assists to back a 24-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury. Steve Mason continued his solid play, making 31 stops for the Flyers, who fell to 1-7-0 -- one point worse than a 1-6-1 start to the 2006-07 season. Wayne Simmonds recorded the lone goal for Philadelphia, whose anemic offense has produced 11 goals so far.

Final Score: Montreal 5, Columbus 3

Montreal, QC ( - Tomas Plekanec scored the game-winning goal with 1:07 left to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. The Canadiens won a faceoff in their own zone and quickly advanced the puck up ice. Brian Gionta skated with the disc along the right boards and centered it to Plekanec at the blue line. Plekanec briefly skated in before firing a wrister from just inside the blue line past Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winning marker. Plekanec scored 49 seconds later with a short-handed, empty netter to account for the final difference. Rene Bourque, Michael Bournival and Andrei Markov also tallied for the Canadiens, winners in four straight. Carey Price made 30 saves in the win. Boone Jenner scored a pair of goals and Ryan Johansen added a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, losers in three straight. Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots in the setback.

Final Score: Ottawa 5, New Jersey 2

Ottawa, ON ( - Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each notched a goal and two assists, as the Ottawa Senators opened their home slate with a 5-2 win over the struggling New Jersey Devils at Canadian Tire Centre. Bobby Ryan added a goal and an assist, while Milan Michalek and Zack Smith each scored once for the Senators, who went 2-2-2 on a season-opening six-game road trip. Craig Anderson backstopped the Sens' second straight victory with 40 saves. Steve Bernier and Travis Zajac each lit the lamp once for the Devils, who saw goaltender Martin Brodeur give up four goals on 22 shots. The loss extended New Jersey's season-opening winless stretch to a team record seven games (0-4-3).

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Minnesota 1

Tampa, FL ( - Steven Stamkos' goal with 5:04 remaining in the third period snapped a tie game and helped lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tyler Johnson added a power-play tally to support a 25-save performance by Ben Bishop that sent the surprising Lightning to a fifth victory in their last six games, with Sami Salo sealing the outcome on an empty-net goal in the final seconds. The Wild, meanwhile, dropped a second straight decision following a three-game win streak and have mustered just four goals over their three most recent outings. Mikko Koivu accounted for Minnesota's lone score and Josh Harding turned back 27-of-29 shots in a losing effort.

Final Score: Boston 3, Florida 2

Sunrise, FL ( - Reilly Smith scored with 58.7 seconds to play as the Boston Bruins escaped with a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton scored the other two goals, while Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for the Bruins, who have won four of six to start the season. Jesse Winchester and Kris Versteeg had the goals for the Panthers, who have dropped their past three. Former Bruin Tim Thomas faced the team he won a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy with in 2011, and took the loss after allowing all three goals on 40 shots.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Chicago 2

Chicago, IL ( - T.J. Oshie picked up the winner in the shootout, as St. Louis once again topped Chicago, 3-2, in the second of five meetings between these division rivals from United Center. Alex Steen and David Backes scored in regulation for the Blues, who needed a tally late in regulation from Steen to take the first meeting on Oct. 9 in St. Louis. Jay Bouwmeester picked up two assists and Jaroslav Halak finsihed with 27 saves. Brandon Pirri netted his first career score and Marian Hossa added a goal for the Blackhawks, who saw their three-game win streak come to a halt. Corey Crawford made 26 stops, but couldn't come up with the most crucial one.

Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Nashville 1 (SO)

Nashville, TN ( - Anze Kopitar's goal in the third round of a shootout lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators from Bridgestone Arena. After the first five shooters failed to light the lamp in the shootout, Kopitar went to his backhand and slid a shot past Pekka Rinne for the game-winner. Slava Voynov netted the lone Kings goal in regulation while Jonathan Quick stopped 34-of-35 shots between the pipes. Los Angeles improved to 4-0 beyond regulation, including three wins in shootouts. Matt Cullen scored for Nashville, which saw its two-game winning streak come to an end. Rinne had 29 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Dallas 4, San Jose 3 (SO)

Dallas, TX ( - Alex Chiasson tallied the game-winner in the shootout and the Dallas Stars handed the San Jose Sharks their first loss of the season with a 4-3 victory on Thursday. After the first two shooters for both teams were turned away, Chiasson skated in with a full head of steam, cut back to the right at the last second and hammered one off the post and in. Dan Ellis stoned the next shooter to secure the win. Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin and Trevor Daley scored in regulation for the Stars, who snapped a two- game losing streak. Ellis finished with 32 saves in the win. Patrick Marleau, Tyler Kennedy and Matthew Nieto scored for the Sharks, who had won their first six games of the season.

Final Score: Detroit 4, Colorado 2

Denver, CO ( - Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen each scored twice as Detroit handed Colorado its first loss of the season with a 4-2 victory on Thursday at Pepsi Center. Daniel Alfredsson had three assists, while Jonas Gustavsson made 38 saves for the Red Wings, who have won four straight. Colorado had won its first six games of the season under new head coach Patrick Roy and were attempting to match the best start in franchise history, but were unable to break the 7-0-0 mark set by the 1985-86 Quebec Nordiques under Michel Bergeron. Roy remained tied with his old Canadiens head coach Mario Tremblay for the most consecutive wins to begin a coaching career at six. Erik Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog each had a goal for the Avalanche, who got 24 saves from Semyon Varlamov in the loss.

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