Tomas Plekanec scored twice and Max Pacioretty and Andrei Kostitsyn each had a goal and an assist, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 7-1 victory over the Senators last night in Ottawa.
Benoit Pouliot, Brian Gionta, and P.K. Subban also scored and Carey Price made 33 saves to help Montreal improve to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games. Chris Kelly scored for Ottawa, 0-4-1 in its last five.
Pouliot and Plekanec scored 1:52 apart to give the Canadiens an early 2-0 lead. Gionta made it 3-1 with his 16th early in the second. Pacioretty scored on a power play moments later to chase Mike Brodeur, who stopped 11 of 15 in his first start of the season.
Plekanec beat Brian Elliott midway through the middle period for his second goal of the game, his 16th, tying Gionta for the team lead for the second time in the game. Kostitsyn increased the lead to 6-1 early in the third and Subban scored Montreal’s second power-play goal later in the period.
Kelly scored midway through the first to draw Ottawa within 2-1. Elliott, who was replaced by Brodeur one night earlier, made 17 saves for the Senators.
Matt Carkner and Jarkko Ruutu were both sidelined by lower-body injuries suffered in the Senators’ loss in Philadelphia Thursday.
Pouliot scored his 10th goal 1:53 in and Plekanec made it 2-0 with his 15th at 3:45.
Islanders 5, Sabres 2 — Michael Grabner scored twice and rookie goalies Nathan Lawson and Kevin Poulin combined to stop 36 shots in New York’s victory in Buffalo.
Matt Moulson, Jack Hillen, and P.A. Parenteau also scored in a game the Islanders led, 4-0, before Buffalo’s Nathan Gerbe scored goals five seconds apart late in the third period.
The Islanders improved to 15-24-7 with their second victory in seven games (2-4-1) — both wins came against Buffalo.
Gerbe set a franchise record for the fastest goals by one player. His first, on a backhander from the right circle, came with 3:22 left. He then scored on a wrist shot.
Flames 7, Stars 4 — Jarome Iginla reached 20 goals for the 12th straight season and host Calgary snapped Dallas’s franchise-record road winning streak at eight games.
Iginla has scored at least 20 goals in 13 of his 14 NHL seasons. He has the NHL’s longest current streak of 20-goal seasons and is in position to reach 30 for the 10th straight time.
Iginla’s unassisted goal gave the Flames a 6-4 lead at 4:20 of the third period. He also had an assist.
David Moss had two goals and an assist, Mikael Backlund, Brendan Morrison, Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen also scored and Henrik Karlsson made 17 saves for Calgary, coming off a 6-0 home loss to Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Lightning 2, Panthers 1 — Dominic Moore scored the only shootout goal and Dan Ellis stopped all three Florida shooters in Tampa Bay’s victory in Sunrise, Fla.
The goal withstood a video review to determine whether Moore hit the puck twice while deking Tomas Vokoun.
Ellis made 30 saves, then stopped Mike Santorelli, Michael Frolik, and Stephen Weiss before Moore scored on the Lightning’s third attempt.
Steve Downie scored in regulation for Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay, which has won three in a row.
Cory Stillman scored for the Panthers, who ended a six-game homestand 3-0-3.