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Buffalo remains perfect

Rout of Flyers extends streak

Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and four assists, helping the Buffalo Sabres maintain their perfect record in a 9-1 rout of the visiting Philadelphia Flyers last night.

Thomas Vanek had two goals and two assists, and Derek Roy scored twice for the Sabres (6-0), who posted a six-goal second period and are two wins shy of matching their best start set in 1975.

Buffalo has also won 11 straight regular-season games, tying the franchise record established 21 years ago.

Also scoring for the Sabres were Chris Drury, who extended his point streak to six games (seven goals and three assists), Jiri Novotny, Jaroslav Spacek , and Henrik Tallinder. Buffalo had its biggest offensive output since a 10-1 win over Los Angeles last January.

Jeff Carter spoiled Ryan Miller's shutout bid by scoring two minutes into the third period, but the Flyers have managed just 12 goals in six games.

Philadelphia (1-4-1) was so inept that it failed to put a puck on net during a first-period penalty shot. Mike Richards went wide to the left in an attempt to draw out Miller, but the goalie stayed in position, leaving Richards unable to get off a shot.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Vanek sparked the goal surge, converting his own rebound 37 seconds into the second period. By the time the frame was over, Buffalo had scored six times on 12 shots, converted three of four power-play chances, and ended the period by scoring three times in a 2 1/2-minute span.

The Sabres, coming off a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers Saturday, added three more in the first five minutes of the third.

Canadiens 5, Flames 4 -- Radek Bonk and Sheldon Souray each scored two goals and Alex Kovalev netted Montreal's third power-play goal of the game against visiting Calgary.

Matthew Lombardi scored twice in the first period for Calgary, and the score was tied, 2-2, after 20 minutes. The teams traded the lead twice in the second before Kovalev scored his second goal of the season on Montreal's sixth power play, giving the Canadiens the decisive 5-4 advantage.

Dion Phaneuf had a goal and two assists for Calgary, which lost its second straight after opening a four-game road trip with a 1-0 win in Ottawa Thursday.

Sharks 2, Stars 0 -- Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves for his second shutout in three starts this season, as host San Jose handed Dallas its first loss.

Milan Michalek and Mark Bell scored for the Sharks, who matched the best start in franchise history at 5-1 while preventing Dallas from equaling its club-best 6-0 start in 1996.

Coyotes 5, Blues 2 -- Owen Nolan scored his first goal in two years, and Phoenix's offense broke out against host St. Louis.

Nolan, out of the NHL since the 2003-04 season, scored one of Phoenix's three goals in the third period. The Coyotes (2-4) had reached three in a game only twice before in the first five contests, but avoided their worst start since moving to Phoenix 10 years ago.

Oilers 2, Canucks 1 -- Ethan Moreau fired in a slap shot 51 seconds after the opening faceoff and host Edmonton held on to beat Vancouver.

The Oilers made it two goals on two shots when rookie Patrick Thoresen slipped a shot past Dany Sabourin two minutes later.

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