Miller, Vanek help Sabres strike down Devils
Ryan Miller had 26 saves, Thomas Vanek scored twice, and the Buffalo Sabres wrecked goalie Johan Hedberg’s Devils’ debut in a 6-1 victory last night in Newark.
Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta also scored in Buffalo’s best offensive game of the season.
Zach Parise scored for the struggling Devils, who benched high-priced left wing Ilya Kovalchuk on the same night they tried to give Martin Brodeur his first night off this season.
Hedberg, signed in the offseason, lasted only 8:17 into the second period while standing in for Brodeur, who recorded his NHL-best 112th career shutout against Montreal Thursday.
Red Wings 5, Ducks 4 — Pavel Datsyuk scored with 12 seconds left to lift host Detroit over Anaheim.
Detroit pressured the Ducks for much of the last few minutes, finally breaking through when Datsyuk gathered a loose puck in the circle to the left of the net, deked his way past former Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja, and beat goalie Curtis McElhinney with a high shot toward the right side of the net.
Capitals 4, Thrashers 3 — Alexander Semin scored three goals and Tomas Fleischmann got the winner 1:37 into overtime for host Washington.
Canadiens 3, Senators 0 — Carey Price made 19 saves for his first shutout in nearly two years and Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice as visiting Montreal shut out Ottawa.
Flyers 5, Maple Leafs 2 — Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season and had two assists to help host Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak by routing Toronto.
Panthers 4, Islanders 3 — Radek Dvorak’s goal with 6:32 left in the third period allowed host Florida to edge New York, despite a hat trick by the Islanders’ John Tavares.
Predators 1, Stars 0 — Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for his 15th NHL shutout, Cal O’Reilly scored in the game’s first minute, and Nashville held on to beat host Dallas.
Blues 1, Penguins 0 — Erik Johnson scored 50 seconds into overtime, Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves and St. Louis won its 10th straight at home with a shutout of Pittsburgh.
Kings 6, Avalanche 4 — Brad Richardson had three goals, including a tiebreaking shorthanded tally late in the third period, and Los Angeles defeated host Colorado in a matchup of the two youngest teams in the NHL.
Hurricanes 4, Coyotes 3 — Anton Babchuk scored 2:52 into overtime and visiting Carolina topped Phoenix after squandering a three-goal lead.
Blue Jackets 3, Blackhawks 2 — Antoine Vermette scored on a deflection at 6:29 of the third period to snap a tie, and visiting Columbus rebounded from an early two-goal deficit to defeat Chicago.
Sharks 6, Oilers 1 — Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists and Joe Thornton added three assists in visiting San Jose’s victory.