Panthers snap 9-game skid and surprise Ducks, 3-2
SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Brad Boyes scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as the Florida Panthers ended a nine-game losing streak Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots, and Scottie Upshall and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, who earned their first win under new coach Peter Horachek and end Anaheim’s five-game winning streak.
The Panthers won for the first time since beating Minnesota 2-1 on Oct. 19. It was their first victory in three games under Horachek, who took over when Kevin Dineen was fired last Friday.
Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson scored two goals and Ryan Miller made 43 saves as the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in a shootout to avoid matching the worst home start in NHL history.
Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout for the Sabres and Miller stopped both Los Angeles shooters. Buffalo was winless in its first nine home games, one short of the NHL record set by Pittsburgh in 1983-84.
Justin Williams and Dwight King scored in regulation for the Kings.
At Calgary, Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into overtime to propel the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Flames and break a five-game winless streak.
Stuart joined the rush and broke for the net and had Joe Thornton’s shot deflect off him and past Reto Berra for the winner.
Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose.
The Phoenix Coyotes edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2 after Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 56 seconds into overtime and Mike Smith made 37 saves.
Dainius Zubrus netted the tiebreaking goal with 2:55 left and Ryan Carter scored his first two goals of the season as the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 3-2, while Alex Ovechkin scored 1:34 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2.
In other games, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Colarado Avalanche 2-1, the New York Islanders downed the Nashville Predators 3-1, the Winnipeg Jets prevailed in the shootout to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 , the Tampa Bay Lightning were 2-1 winners over the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Ottawa Senators 5-0.