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National Hockey League Game Capsules(Saturday, October 25)
Final Score: Buffalo 2, San Jose 1
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Michal Neuvirth made 29 saves to earn his first win of the season and Nicolas Deslauriers netted the deciding goal early in the third period, as Buffalo nipped San Jose by a 2-1 count on Saturday. Cody Hodgson also lit the lamp in the final stanza for the Sabres, who snapped a four-game slide and picked up their first win on a four-game road trip which ends in Toronto on Tuesday. Brent Burns supplied the lone goal and Alex Stalock stopped just 13 pucks for the Sharks, who stumbled to their fourth straight loss and fifth in six games.
Final Score: Boston 4, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Dougie Hamilton had one goal and two assists in the Boston Bruins' 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Carl Soderberg, David Krejci and Gregory Campbell also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who bounced back from Thursday's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders. Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara hurt his left knee against the Islanders and will be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for Boston, which improved to 5-5-0 on the young season. Richard Panik scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three of four. Jonathan Bernier stopped 21-of-25 shots before being pulled in the third period.
Final Score: Montreal 3, NY Rangers 1
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - In the first meeting between Montreal and the New York Rangers since last year's Eastern Conference finals, Carey Price turned away 34-of-35 shots in a stellar effort that carried the red- hot Canadiens to a 3-1 victory at Bell Centre. Price sustained a knee injury in Game 1 of the 2014 East finals and missed the remainder of the series, a contributing factor to the Rangers' prevailing in six games. The standout goaltender was healthy and in top form on Saturday, however, yielding just a first-period goal to Carl Hagelin to help Montreal move to 7-1-0 on the young season. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist in the win, which concluded a perfect four-game homestand for the Habs. Tomas Plekanec and Lars Eller also scored while Dale Weise chipped in a pair of assists. The Rangers had a three-game win streak snapped as Henrik Lundqvist couldn't match Price's performance, finishing with 26 saves.
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The ageless Jaromir Jagr scored on the power play with 1:21 left in overtime to send the New Jersey Devils past the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on a somber night at Canadian Tire Centre. Saturday's game was the first for the Senators following the tragic shooting of a Canadian soldier in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday. A moment of silence was held for the victim prior to the national anthems, with both teams circling members of the Canadian Armed Forces at center ice. The emotional vibe in the arena gave way to disappointment as the Senators had their four-game winning streak snapped. The Devils ended their four-game skid as Damon Severson scored a goal and assisted on Marek Zidlicky's tally. Cory Schneider, one day after losing in a shootout against the Stars, made 33 saves in the victory. Alex Chiasson and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, who received 26 saves from Lehner.
Final Score: NY Islanders 7, Dallas 5
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Frans Nielsen's third-period hat trick helped the New York Islanders to a 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. With the game tied at 4-4 after two periods, Nielsen started his surge as he finished a 2-on-1 rush with a goal at the 9:39 mark. He then received a pass from Mikhail Grabovski on another 2-on-1 break and wristed the puck past Anders Lindback for a 6-4 lead 5 1/2 minutes later. Shawn Horcoff cut the deficit in half when he beat Chad Johnson only 23 seconds after Nielsen's second tally but the native of Denmark capped the night on an empty netter with one-tenth of a second left. Anders Lee, Nikolay Kulemin, Brock Nelson and Lubomir Visnovsky each added a goal for New York, which has won two straight on the heels of a two-game skid. Johnson made 26 saves in the win for the Metropolitan Division leaders.
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Detroit 2
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Raffl scored twice in the third period and added one assist, as a badly outshot and outplayed Philadelphia squad claimed a 4-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night. Nicklas Grossmann and Brayden Schenn posted markers with Jakub Voracek and Michael Del Zotto totaling two helpers apiece for the Flyers, who picked up their first win on home ice this year despite recording only 17 shots. Ray Emery won his second consecutive start with a 35-save performance. Riley Sheahan and Pavel Datsyuk provided the offense for the Red Wings, who haven't won a regular- season game in Philly since 1997. Jonas Gustavsson made 13 stops in defeat.
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Chicago 2
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in a 1:45 span late in the second period to snap a tie and send St. Louis to a 3-2 decision over Chicago in a Central Division clash at Scottrade Center. Jaden Schwartz also lit the lamp and Alex Pietrangelo added a pair of assists for the Blues, who put a two-game skid to rest. Brian Elliott made 22 saves for the hosts. Patrick Sharp registered a goal and assist for the Blackhawks, who have dropped back-to-back one-goal games on the road. Kris Versteeg scored, but Antti Raanta took the loss despite 28 stops.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Nashville 0
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the season and Marc-Andre Fleury was stellar between the pipes as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Nashville Predators, 3-0, on Saturday. Crosby's first- period tally was all Pittsburgh needed, as Fleury turned away all 25 shots he faced. Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis scored insurance goals for the Penguins, who ended a brief two-game slide. Pekka Rinne allowed all three goals on 26 shots as Nashville fell in regulation for the first time this season.
Final Score: Minnesota 7, Tampa Bay 2
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Zucker netted two goals and the Minnesota Wild cruised past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-2, on Saturday. The Wild scored four times on eight shots in the first period and had six different players -- Zucker, Zach Parise, Marco Scandella, Mikko Koivu, Erik Haula and Jared Spurgeon -- light the lamp. Darcy Kuemper, fresh off his third shutout of the season in Thursday's win over Arizona, only needed to make 17 saves in the blowout victory. Nikita Kucherov and Anton Stralman each scored goals for the Lighting, who finished up a five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 record. Evgeni Nabokov was the victim of Minnesota's fast start, while Ben Bishop made 11 saves in a relief role.
Final Score: Arizona 2, Florida 1 (OT)
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on the power play 2:20 into overtime to lift the Arizona Coyotes over the Florida Panthers, 2-1, on Saturday. Florida's Aleksander Barkov was sent to the penalty box for high sticking 1:25 into overtime. Ekman-Larsson took a pass from Sam Gagner and beat Roberto Luongo from the left circle to help Arizona stop a three-game losing streak. Justin Hodgman tied the game midway through the third period for the Coyotes, who got 23 saves from Mike Smith. Brandon Pirri scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who went 2-0-2 on a four-game road trip. Luongo stopped 39-of-41 shots.
Final Score: Washington 3, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Joel Ward scored twice and the Washington Capitals defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Saturday night. Nicklas Backstrom also lit the lamp and Braden Holtby made 20 saves for the Capitals, who have won three of their last four games. Dennis Wideman netted the lone goal for Calgary. Karri Rammo stopped 27 shots in defeat.
10/26 01:08:15 ET