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Drury gets 10th goal to help Buffalo extend win streak to 9

Chris Drury scored his 10th goal and the Buffalo Sabres set a team record by extending their season-opening winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 win over the Canadiens last night in Montreal.

Meanwhile, both Atlanta and Dallas are both off to the best starts in team history.

Buffalo moved to within one victory of tying Toronto's league record of 10 straight wins at the start of the 1993-94 season. The Sabres matched their previous record of eight, set in 1975-76, with a 6-2 win in Boston Saturday.

Ryan Miller made 26 saves, losing a bid for his first shutout of the season on Mike Johnson's goal 9:06 into the third.

Thrashers 6, Panthers 3 -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored three power-play goals to help Atlanta continue the best start in franchise history with a victory over host Florida. Atlanta is 7-1-1 and has 15 points, the most ever for the Thrashers in October.

Marian Hossa and Steve Rucchi also scored on the power play for the Thrashers, who got a goal from former Florida captain Scott Mellanby. Vyacheslav Kozlov had four assists. Atlanta, which entered the game 4 for 31 on the power play, finished 5 for 7 with the man-advantage.

Stars 2, Canucks 1 -- Mike Modano scored the winning goal and Marty Turco had 33 saves as host Dallas beat Vancouver to claim the best start in Stars' history at 8-1-0. Dallas topped the 7-1-1 mark it set in 1971 when the franchise was in Minneapolis.

Modano scored at 8:33 of the third when Dallas had a 5-on-3 advantage, converting a rebound off a shot from Eric Lindros. Niklas Hagman scored for Dallas in the first.

Vancouver's Daniel Sedin scored on the first shot of the game. That was all the Canucks could muster against Turco, who came into the game with the league's best goals-against average. Turco (7-1-0) is also tied for the NHL lead in wins.

Avalanche 6, Kings 1 -- Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist and Colorado scored five second-period goals to cruise past visiting Los Angeles.

Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists and John-Michael Liles and Marek Svatos added a goal and assist each. Goaltender Peter Budaj stopped 27 shots for Colorado, which also got a goal from Andrew Brunette in winning for the third time in four games.

Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 0 -- Vesi Toskala ran his winning streak to 12 games with his fifth career shutout in San Jose's victory in Columbus. The 12-game winning streak is the longest in Sharks history. Toskala is 5-0-0 this season with a .926 save percentage.

Steve Bernier, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Marcel Goc each had goals for the Sharks.

Oilers 5, Coyotes 2 -- And then there are the Coyotes, off to their worst start since moving from Winnipeg in 1996. Petr Sykora had a goal and three assists as host Edmonton dumped slumping Phoenix, which has lost three straight and is 2-7-0.

Ales Hemsky added a goal and two assists, Shawn Horcoff, Jarrett Stoll and Raffi Torres scored, and rookie Patrick Thoresen had three assists for the Oilers, who got 28 saves from Dwayne Roloson.

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