|The Panthers Sergei Samsonov (left) celebrates his overtime goal with Brandon Sutter. (Karl. B. Deblaker/Associated Press)|
Sabres drop 6th straight
Samsonov’s OT goal propels ’Canes
Sergei Samsonov scored 1:47 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes beat Buffalo, 4-3, in Raleigh, N.C., sending the slumping Sabres to their sixth straight loss.
Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, and Stephane Yelle and Ray Whitney also scored for Carolina, giving coach Paul Maurice his 400th career victory by continuing its sharpest stretch of the season.
The Hurricanes are on their second four-game winning streak, have eight wins in 10 games, and claimed their fifth straight victory at home.
The decisive sequence started when defenseman Steve Montador slipped while trying to play the puck near goalie Ryan Miller. Sutter snatched it and backhanded a pass to a cutting Samsonov, who snapped it past Miller.
Derek Roy scored two goals and Jochen Hecht added one for Buffalo, which has lost six straight for the first time since an 0-5-5 stretch in 2007-08.
Yelle gave Carolina a 3-2 lead with 10:05 left in the second, when he skated down the right side and whipped a shot past Miller’s shoulder and into the upper-left corner of the net. Roy tied it with 7:07 left in the third by beating Manny Legace with a backhander.
Senators 6, Capitals 5 - Chris Phillips and Alex Kovalev scored in the third period, and Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists in the first as host Ottawa edged Washington.
Brian Elliott made 19 saves to help Ottawa win for the 13th time in 14 games, and hand Washington its second straight loss after a team-record 14-game win streak.
Canuck 3, Panthers 0 - Roberto Luongo made 31 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen scored second-period goals as Vancouver beat Florida on the road.
Ryan Kesler added a power-play goal in the third period for the Canucks. Henrik Sedin had an assist.
Luongo was the beneficiary of some luck, with the Panthers hitting five posts. Florida also wasted a 5-on-3 power play by being called for too many men.
The Panthers, who have lost five in a row, set a franchise record with their 12th consecutive game with two goals or fewer. Florida has scored a total of 13 goals in that stretch.
Oilers 3, Kings 2 - Lubomir Visnovsky scored in the 10th round of a shootout after Edmonton blew a two-goal lead in the third period, as the Oilers snapped a franchise-record 11-game road losing streak.
Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov scored in the second period, Dustin Penner added a power-play goal in the third, and Jeff Deslauriers made 41 saves.
The Oilers won outside of Rexall Place for the first time since Dec. 11. It was only their fourth victory in their last 28 games overall (4-22-2).
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick did not play because of flu-like symptoms, so Erik Ersberg got his sixth start and made 21 saves.
Sharks 3, Red Wings 2 - Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal in a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a victory in Detroit.
Evgeny Nabokov stopped a career-high 50 shots, and Joe Thornton and Dwight Helminen scored in regulation for the Sharks.
Stars 3, Flames 1 - Rookie Jamie Benn scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Marty Turco made 33 saves in Dallas’s victory in Calgary.