|It's a glove save and a beauty for Tampa Bay goaltender Karri Ramo, who denied Washington's Tomas Fleischmann in the second period. (NICK WASS/Associated Press)|
Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists, Martin Gerber made 29 saves, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Sabres, 5-3, last night in Buffalo.
Wade Redden added a goal and assist for the Senators, who scored three times in the second period.
Antoine Vermette, Mike Fisher, and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa, which has won two straight and eight of its last 10.
Jochen Hecht, Brian Campbell, and Adam Mair scored for Buffalo, which had its season-high six-game winning streak snapped while losing for just the fifth time in the last 18 games.
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller made 19 saves in his ninth straight start.
Gerber, who is 9-2 on the road, was shaken up just four minutes into the game after taking Tim Connolly's slap shot off the mask, but continued.
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2 - Jaromir Jagr scored twice to end a scoring slump and Brendan Shanahan set up a pair of third-period power-play goals to help host New York beat Carolina.
Chris Drury and Dan Girardi also scored for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game losing streak, winning for only the third time in the last 11 games.
The game took a nasty turn midway through the second period when New York's Colton Orr leveled former Ranger Matt Cullen with a forearm/elbow to the face. Cullen appeared to be momentarily unconscious, falling face-first to the ice while Carolina's Mike Commodore challenged and fought Orr. Cullen was eventually helped off the ice, clutching a towel to a facial cut.
Blue Jackets 2, Thrashers 0 - Pascal Leclaire made 21 saves for his league-leading seventh shutout and Columbus beat visiting Atlanta.
The Thrashers had their four-game winning streak snapped in their first visit to Columbus in just over four years. Ilya Kovalchuk, the league's top goal scorer with 29, was held to just one shot.
Blackhawks 5, Predators 2 - Robert Lang scored two goals in the third period and host Chicago beat Nashville for its season-high fourth straight win.
Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane each had a goal and assist for the Blackhawks.
Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin was sharp and made 30 saves.
Red Wings 5, Blues 0 - Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots for his 45th career shutout to lead visiting Detroit.
Center Valtteri Filppula scored twice to pace the Red Wings, who won for the fifth time in their last six games and improved to 27-7-3 overall.
Stars 8, Wild 3 - Brenden Morrow had two goals, Mike Ribeiro matched a career high with his 20th goal and added two assists in host Dallas's rout.
Dallas's Mike Modano extended his goal-scoring record for US-born players with the 518th of his career.
Islanders 4, Maple Leafs 3 - Mike Comrie scored with 9.6 seconds left in overtime and Wade Dubielewicz made 22 saves in relief of injured Rick DiPietro for host New York.
DiPietro injured his knee in pregame warmups and only played the first period. He didn't make the trip to Ottawa for tonight's game against the Senators.
Comrie, who also scored in New York's three-goal first period, got to a rebound of Richard Park's shot and put it past Toronto backup Andrew Raycroft shortly after a Maple Leafs power play expired.
Sharks 3, Kings 2 - Milan Michalek scored two goals and San Jose set a club record with its seventh consecutive road victory, beating Los Angeles, which fell for the eighth straight time.
Rob Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky scored power-play goals for Los Angeles, which has the NHL's worst record at 12-24-2. The losing streak is the Kings' longest since 2003-04, when they dropped their final 11 games.
Capitals 3, Lightning 2 - Matt Bradley scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:53 left and host Washington ended a three-game skid by beating Tampa Bay.
David Steckel had a goal and two assists for the Capitals.