Tomas Kaberle scored the first of Toronto’s three third-period goals to break a tie and the Maple Leafs took advantage of the New York Islanders’ emergency goalie, snapping a five-game road losing streak with a 5-3 victory last night.
New York was forced to give Mikko Koskinen his NHL debut after second-string goalie Kevin Poulin appeared to injure his left leg during pregame warmups, minutes before the opening faceoff.
Colby Armstrong, who had two assists in the third, and Jay Rosehill scored to give Toronto a 2-0 lead on the Maple Leafs’ first two shots at the 22-year-old Koskinen.
Nikolai Kulemin stretched it to 4-2 with 11:11 left and Fredrik Sjostrom made it a three-goal lead with 5:07 remaining. James Reimer made 31 saves for Toronto, which won on the road for the first time since Jan. 11.
Poulin, a 20-year-old rookie who is subbing for injured No. 1 netminder Rick DiPietro, appeared to catch his left skate in a rut in the crease and fell awkwardly in warmups. He seemed to be in significant pain as he gingerly skated off the ice.
Sabres 7, Lightning 4 — Drew Stafford had three goals and Buffalo scored three times in a span of 1:42 in a five-goal third period to rally past Tampa Bay on the road.
Buffalo took control after Jordon Leopold pulled the Sabres even at 3 on a disputed goal at 4:26 of the third. During the play it appeared Stafford lost his balance skating near the crease and tripped Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson to the ice.
Goals by Tim Connolly, Thomas Vanek, and Stafford put Buffalo ahead, 6-3. Stafford completed the hat trick with a power-play goal that made it 7-3 with 6:33 to play.
Sharks 2, Capitals 0 — Logan Couture broke a scoreless tie with 8:05 to play, Antti Niemi had 25 saves for his second straight shutout, and visiting San Jose ran its winning streak to four games, beating Washington.
Dan Boyle added a goal from the right circle with 5:53 to go, as the Sharks extended their points streak to nine games.
Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 1 — Rick Nash and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and an assist to lead Columbus in Pittsburgh.
Samuel Pahlsson and Antoine Vermette also scored for Columbus, and Steve Mason was sensational in net with 32 saves.
Devils 3, Hurricanes 2 — Mattias Tedenby scored his second goal of the game 2:42 into overtime and New Jersey continued its winning ways without injured goalie Martin Brodeur by beating Carolina.
Fellow rookie Nick Palmieri forced overtime with a goal with 2:54 to play and Johan Hedberg made 20 saves and picked up an assist on the game-winner in helping the Devils win for the 10th time since Jan. 9 (10-1-2).
Blues 2, Panthers 1 — Matt D’Agostini scored the tiebreaking goal with 4 minutes left and visiting St. Louis beat Florida.
David Backes also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves for the Blues, who snapped a four-game road losing streak.