Jason Pominville scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout, and Ryan Miller made 25 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres beat Calgary, 2-1, last night, snapping the visiting Flames’ winning streak at four games.
Pominville beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a wrist shot that went between the goalie’s legs. Miller then stopped Rene Bourque’s attempt to secure the bonus point.
Derek Roy scored in regulation for the Sabres (11-4-1), who won for the seventh time in 10 home games this season.
Daymond Langkow scored for Calgary (11-4-2), and Kiprusoff made 32 saves in his 15th start of the season.
Capitals 3, Wild 1 - Brian Pothier scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as host Washington won its fourth in a row without star Alex Ovechkin, beating Minnesota.
The NHL’s highest scoring team was nearly thwarted by a backup goalie who more than doubled his save total for the entire season, but Pothier’s wrister from the left circle two minutes into the final period hit just inside the far post to beat Josh Harding, who was screened on the play.
Mike Green scored in the second period for the Capitals, Brooks Laich added an empty-net goal in the final minute, and Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves. Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Wild, 2-9-1 on the road this season.
Islanders 4, Hurricanes 3 - Kyle Okposo scored with 14.4 seconds remaining in overtime, and John Tavares had the first two-goal game of his career to help New York beat Carolina, extending the Hurricanes’ winless streak to 14 games.
Mark Streit added a goal, and Martin Biron made 26 saves for New York. The Islanders blew a three-goal lead before winning in overtime.
Tuomo Ruutu, Ray Whitney, and Tim Gleason scored for Carolina.
Blackhawks 3, Maple Leafs 2 - Patrick Kane got Chicago started with an early unassisted goal, and the Blackhawks held on after building a three-goal lead to beat Toronto for its third straight win.
Cristobal Huet made 29 saves in Chicago’s sixth straight home win.
Phil Kessel’s second goal of the game, 5:33 into the final period, pulled Toronto to 3-2.
Thrashers 7, Kings 0 - Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov each had two goals and two assists to help Atlanta beat visiting Los Angeles for its third straight win.
Thrashers rookie Evander Kane also had two goals and had an assist. His fifth goal made it 1-0 at 10:22 of the second. His sixth was a shorthanded goal that ended the scoring with 3:26 remaining.
The Kings outshot Atlanta, 38-21, but couldn’t keep goalie Ondrej Pavelec from getting his first career shutout.
Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 2 - Rick Nash scored the winning shootout goal and also had a goal in regulation, and Mathieu Garon stopped both Anaheim shooters in the tiebreaker for host Columbus.