Briere’s goal beats clock; Avs beat Bruins 2-1
BOSTON (AP) — Daniel Briere scored his 300th career goal off a rebound with less than a second left in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, who had opened the season with two shutout losses. Backup goalie Reto Berra made 27 saves in his first start of the season.
Loui Eriksson had a power-play goal for the Bruins, who have lost three straight.
Boston backup goalie Niklas Svedberg played his first game of the season and made 28 saves.
Anaheim’s William Karlsson scored his first two NHL goals to lead the Ducks past winless Buffalo Sabres 5-1.
Ryan Kessler scored off a third-period penalty shot, and Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey each had a goal during a one-sided game in which the Ducks outshot the Sabres 44-12.
Frederik Andersen made 11 saves to win his second of the season, matching a career best with his sixth straight victory. Andersen, however, was denied his first shutout when Tyler Ennis scored at 6:36 of the third.
At Tampa, Florida, Steven Stamkos scored three goals and Victor Hedman had a career-high four points as the Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens.
After Stamkos scored on a breakaway off a pass from deep in the defensive zone by Hedman at 13:15 of the second period, the Lightning captain completed the hat trick from the top of the right circle on Tampa Bay’s sixth power-play goal this season. That made it 4-1 with 1:46 left in the middle period.
Ryan Callahan, Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov had the other Tampa Bay goals. Stamkos tied Martin St. Louis for the team record with eight career hat tricks.
Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens.
The Montreal Senators blanked winless Florida 1-0 after Craig Anderson made 30 saves and Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal in front of the smallest crowd in Panthers history.
MacArthur raced up the middle of the ice past two Florida defenders and sent a backhander past Roberto Luongo at 15:34 of the second period for Ottawa’s second power-play goal in 14 opportunities this season.
The announced crowd of 7,311 — it appeared much smaller — in Florida’s second home game of the season broke the previous franchise low of 10,063 against Carolina on Oct. 31, 2007.