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October 10, 2013

Sabres still rock bottom

Buffalo remains winless, last in league after another loss

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

BUFFALO —

BUFFALO — Marian Gaborik had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets kept the Buffalo Sabres winless with a 4-1 victory on Thursday night.

Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo and Ryan Miller stopped 29 of 33 shots for the Sabres, who fell to 0-4-1 on the season.

It's the club's worst start since they went 0-5-2 to open the 1999-2000 season. With just one point in their first five games, the Sabres so far boast the worst record in the entire NHL.

 

Avs 2, Bruins 0

BOSTON — Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 39 saves in his 37th NHL shutout, and the Colorado Avalanche stayed perfect with a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The Avalanche are 4-0 under new coach Patrick Roy, their best mark since the franchise relocated from Quebec to Colorado for the 1995-96 season.

Giguere, making his first start of the season, made several sparkling saves. His best came midway through the second period when he stoned Patrice Bergeron on a 2-on-1 rush.

Ryan O'Reilly gave the Avalanche the lead in the final minute of the first period and Matt Duchene sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.

Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for Boston and has allowed only three goals in three games. Boston was blanked for the first time in 72 games.

 

Hurricanes 3, Capitals 2 

WASHINGTON — Nathan Gerbe scored the tiebreaking goal at 6:59 of the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Thursday night.

Elias Lindholm and former Capital Alexander Semin also scored for the Hurricanes, now 25-2-4 over the past nine seasons against Washington when scoring at least three goals.

Jason Chimera and Alex Ovechkin had goals for the Capitals, who took four of five from Carolina last season. Ovechkin has seven points (five goals, two assists), the most he's had after four games since 2010.

Washington had a power play over the final 26 seconds and pulled goaltender Braden Holtby, but Khudobin withstood the late charge. The Caps went 0 for 5 with the extra man after converting six of 12 power-play opportunities during their first three games.

 

Lightning 7, Panthers 2

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos had three goals and an assist, Valtteri Filppula added two goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 7-2 on Thursday night.

Martin St. Louis added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have won three in a row after a season-opening loss at Boston. Goalie Ben Bishop improved to 3-0 on the season.

Florida, which lost three of four during a season-opening road trip, got goals from Brad Boyes and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Stamkos, second in the NHL with 29 goals during the abbreviated 2012-13 season, stopped a five-game goal drought dating back to last season.

The center completed his sixth career hat trick on a one-timer from the top of the left circle during a power play at 12:25 of the third.

Filppula scored consecutive third-period goals to give the Lightning a 6-2 lead.

 

Coyotes 4, Red Wings 2

DETROIT — Michael Stone's goal with 4:47 left broke a tie, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Thursday night.

Derek Morris and Antoine Vermette both had a goal and an assist, and Mikkel Boedker also scored for Phoenix. Mike Smith made 28 saves.

Joakim Andersson and Jonathan Ericsson scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots. Andersson and Ericsson scored 53 seconds apart early in the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.

Stone fired a slap shot from the right point that went through teammate Martin Hanzal's and caromed in off the far goal post. It came 2 seconds after a Coyotes' power play ended. Vermette added an empty-net goal in the last minute.