Spezza helps Senators take rematch
Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators particularly enjoyed their latest win.
Spezza scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 4:07 remaining and the host Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres, 6-5, last night in a rematch of their fight-filled game two days earlier.
Dany Heatley got his team-leading 36th goal and set up both of Spezza's goals for the Senators, who recovered after blowing a three-goal lead.
There were two fights in the second period, and Ottawa's Mike Comrie and Buffalo's Derek Roy were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for their shoving match following Heatley's power-play goal 6:12 into the second.
But this matchup hardly resembled the melee that ensued Thursday night after Chris Neil's blindside hit on Chris Drury left the Buffalo co-captain with a 20-stitch gash to his forehead and concussion-type symptoms. He is out indefinitely.
Neil, who was not penalized for his hit and insisted he caught Drury with a clean shoulder check, was involved in one of the fights last night when he squared off with Adam Mair at 8:39 of the second.
About five minutes earlier, Senators enforcer Brian McGrattan, who dressed for the first time in 10 games, fought Andrew Peters.
With the score tied at 5 in the third period, Heatley caught Sabres goalie Ryan Miller playing the puck behind the net and put a centering pass to Spezza, who scored into a wide-open net just seven seconds after Teppo Numminen was penalized for interference.
Predators 4, Red Wings 3 -- Peter Forsberg scored his first goal for Nashville at 2:11 of overtime, and the host Predators moved past Detroit into first place in the Central Division.
Tomas Holmstrom had three power-play goals for the Red Wings, but Paul Kariya tied the score on his second goal of the game with 1:04 left in regulation. Forsberg, with an assist from Kariya, then showed why Nashville made a trade with Philadelphia to acquire the star forward less than two weeks ago.
David Legwand also scored for the Predators.
Blue Jackets 3, Rangers 2 -- Jason Chimera and Rick Nash scored shorthanded goals in the second period, helping visiting Columbus trip up New York.
Columbus, the NHL's third-worst team (24-32-6), shook off an early 2-0 deficit and snapped its three-game losing streak.
Anders Eriksson scored a rare goal late in the first period, and Chimera and Nash added goals minutes apart in the second to give the Blue Jackets their 10th road victory.
Fredrik Norrena (16-14-3), on pace to be Columbus's first goalie to finish a season over .500, made 40 saves.
Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 2 -- Alex Steen and Jeff O'Neill each had a goal and an assist to lead Toronto over host Philadelphia.
Chad Kilger, Mats Sundin, and John Pohl also scored, and Bryan McCabe added three assists for the Maple Leafs. Sami Kapanen and Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers.
Andrew Raycroft, making his 23d consecutive start in goal for Toronto, stopped 22 shots for his 28th victory.
Capitals 3, Devils 2 -- Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist and Brent Johnson made 29 saves as Washington ended a five-game losing streak with a win at New Jersey.
Milan Jurcina, Matt Pettinger, and Tomas Fleischmann also scored for the Capitals, who had dropped six straight to the Devils.
Cam Janssen and Jay Pandolfo scored for the Devils.
Islanders 3, Canadiens 2 -- Frans Nielsen's first NHL goal turned out to be the winner for host New York.
Jeff Tambellini and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders. Rick DiPietro, starting his 11th straight game, stopped 20 shots.
Sheldon Souray and Christopher Higgins scored for Montreal. Rookie goalie Jaroslav Halak lost his first game after starting with three straight wins. Halak turned aside 28 shots.
Kings 6, Avalanche 5--Rob Blake tied the game with 4 seconds left in regulation, Dustin Brown scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of a shootout, and Los Angeles ended a seven-game home losing streak.
Anze Kopitar and Lubomir Visnovsky scored on power plays for the Kings.
Flames 7, Sharks 4--Jarome Iginla scored twice and added two assists, lifting host Calgary over San Jose.
Daymond Langkow also scored twice for the Flames, who tied Minnesota for second place in the Northwest Division.
Hurricanes 4, Thrashers 1 -- At Atlanta, Justin Williams scored twice and Rod Brind'Amour had two assists to help Carolina to the win.
Mike Commodore and Ray Whitney also scored for Carolina.