Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves as the Buffalo Sabres beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday, a few hours after they traded goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott.
Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson and Tyler Myers scored for Buffalo, while Enroth played well in the absence of Miller, who was dealt to St Louis along with Ott before warmups.
Miller was set to start his 541st career game for the Sabres, but was pulled from the lineup. Buffalo general manager Tim Murray used the two veterans in his first major trade, acquiring Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart and prospect William Carrier from the Blues.
James Sheppard and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose.
The win gave Buffalo three straight wins for the first time since April last year.
AVALANCHE 4, COYOTES 2
In Denver, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, while Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Phoenix Coyotes.
Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves in his first game after playing for Russia in the Olympics, while P.A. Parenteau and Nate Guenin also scored for Colorado, who bounced back from blowing a two-goal lead in a loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Guenin’s goal was his first in nearly two years after spending all of last season in the American Hockey League.
Shane Doan had two goals and Thomas Greiss had 29 saves for Phoenix, who lost 3-2 in a shootout at Winnipeg on Thursday night and are 0-2-1 in their past three games.
WILD 2, CANUCKS 1, SO
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Justin Fontaine’s goal in round seven of the shootout gave the Minnesota Wild a win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Fontaine went wide on Eddie Lack and slid the puck under the Vancouver goaltender. Darcy Kuemper preserved the win by denying Vancouver’s final shooter, David Booth, as he attempted a spin-o-rama shot.
Earlier in the shootout, Vancouver’s Chris Higgins had Kuemper down and out after a deke, but hit the post.
The Wild won their fourth straight, while the Canucks suffered their eighth loss in their past nine games despite outshooting Minnesota 31-23.
Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and Minnesota’s Zach Parise exchanged first-period goals.
DUCKS 1, BLUES 0
In Anaheim, California, Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in his fifth shutout of the season and Andrew Cogliano scored in the opening minutes as the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks returned from their Winter Olympics break with a victory over the St Louis Blues.
Brian Elliott stopped 18 shots for the Blues just a few hours after St Louis acquired star goalie Ryan Miller in a five-player trade with the Buffalo Sabres that included goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Hiller came back strong from the break after posting two shutouts for Switzerland in Sochi, earning his 21st career shutout.
Cogliano’s goal early in the game stood up in a hard-hitting, choppy game between two of the league’s best teams.
St Louis still have not scored after the break, taking their first two shutout losses of the season.