Tyler Myers and Cody McCormick scored early in the second period, and Ryan Miller made 17 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres end a five-game winless streak with a 4-1 victory over the Thrashers last night in Atlanta.
Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek also scored for Buffalo. The Sabres, the defending Northeast Division champions, were 0-4-1 since winning their opener at Ottawa.
Tobias Enstrom scored for Atlanta. The Thrashers, outshot, 42-18, had won two straight.
Myers gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead six seconds into a power play and 1:30 into the second with a slap shot from the blue line.
McCormick scored 1:04 later on a short wrister after goalie Chris Mason lost control of a rebound.
After going 1-12-3 in their previous 16 games at Philips Arena, the Sabres pressured the Atlanta defense all night, a formula they’ve used to outshoot opponents, 119-65, in three road games.
Blackhawks 2, Canucks 1 — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Patrick Kane scored in the first three rounds of a shootout to give host Chicago the victory over Vancouver, extending the Stanley Cup champions’ winning streak to four games.
Kane scored on a backhander in the third round, sending the puck between Patrick Luongo’s legs.
Vancouver’s Mikael Samuelsson then sent a backhand attempt wide.
Samuelsson was the only shooter to miss. Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler converted for Vancouver in the first two rounds. Sedin and Chicago’s Viktor Stalberg scored in regulation.
Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 1 — Rick Nash scored two goals and Steve Mason stopped 31 shots to lead Columbus over Anaheim before 9,802 fans — the smallest crowd ever to see a Blue Jackets home game.
Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had been pushed around in a 5-2 loss to Chicago last week in their home opener.
Teemu Selanne notched his 609th career goal for Anaheim.
Kings 4, Hurricanes 3 — Andrei Loktionov scored his first NHL goal, from behind the Carolina net early in the third period, and Los Angeles completed a perfect three-game homestand.
Anze Kopitar scored his first goal of the season for the Kings, who lost star defenseman Drew Doughty to an upper-body injury while earning their fourth win in five games.