Mon, Oct 23, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Drury leads Sabres' win over Bruins


Chris Drury scored two power-play goals and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 6-2 and improved their record to 8-0 to match their franchise-best start in the NHL on Saturday.

Jason Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov scored 1:39 apart early in the second period to open a 4-1 lead for the Sabres, who matched the 1975 club record for consecutive victories to start a season. Buffalo also won 13 straight in the regular season in 1975.

Ales Kotalik and Thomas Vanek also scored for Buffalo, and Martin Biron had 26 saves.

Phil Kessel, Boston's No. 1 pick in this year's draft, scored his first NHL goal.

Thrashers 4, Panthers 2

At Atlanta, Marian Hossa scored two more goals, Ilya Kovalchuk finally got one in regulation and Atlanta kept up the best start in franchise history.

Islanders 4, Hurricanes 3, OT

At Uniondale, New York, Tom Poti scored New York's third power-play goal 23 seconds into overtime, capping the Islanders' rally over Carolina.

Canadiens 8, Avalanche 5

At Montreal, Sheldon Souray had two goals and two assists and Chris Higgins scored Montreal's fourth power-play goal midway through the third, leading the Canadiens in Colorado goalie Jose Theodore's return to the Bell Centre.

Lightning 6, Capitals 4

At Washington, Martin St. Louis and Nikita Alexeev scored 22 seconds apart during a three-goal second period that carried Tampa Bay past Washington.

Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO

At Toronto, Brendan Shanahan scored the only goal of the shootout after getting his eighth goal of the season in regulation to lead New York over Toronto.

Senators 8, Devils 1

At Ottawa, Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond scored two goals apiece to help Ottawa earn its first win in six homes games this season.

Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3

At Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin scored for the third straight game, leading Pittsburgh over Columbus.

Malkin, the highly touted Russian rookie, scored on a wrist shot midway through the third period to put Pittsburgh ahead 4-2 and become the first player to score in his first three NHL games since Jan Caloun did it for the San Jose Sharks in 1995-96.

Canucks 4, Predators 3, OT

At Nashville, Tennessee, Lukas Krajicek's first goal of the season lifted Vancouver in overtime.

Blues 4, Blackhawks 3

At Chicago, Lee Stempniak scored twice and assisted on Petr Cajanek's tiebreaking goal early in the third period to help St. Louis beat Chicago.

Cajanek converted a rebound of Stempniak's shot from the slot 2:57 into the third to snap a 3-3 tie. Stempniak, in his second pro season, had his first three-point game in the NHL, and Bill Guerin also scored for the Blues.

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