The Sabres moved to 8-1-1 on the season with a 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Connolly had a hand in all three tallies. He picked up an assist on Drew Stafford's(notes) first-period goal, scored on a breakaway in the second and netted the power-play game-winner at 1:03 of overtime. Ryan Miller(notes) (33 saves) was also outstanding for Buffalo.
Talk about setting the tone in a road game: Reinprecht scored a natural hat-trick in a 5:11 span of the first period to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead at the Dallas Stars. He later assisted on Jordan Leopold's(notes) first goal as a Panther. This insanely wild game ended up in a 5-5 tie through three periods and overtime; Rostislav Olesz(notes) had the only shootout conversion -- confirmed by video review after some controversy -- for the 6-5 Florida victory.
The Islanders were outshot 40-30 on the road, rallied twice for ties and were facing a Washington Capitals team that had won six in a row. Yet the game went to overtime, and that's where John Tavares(notes) found Mark Streit with a pass in the slot; the defenseman ripped it past Jose Theodore(notes) (26 saves on 30 shots) for the 4-3 victory, just 53 seconds into the extra frame. Streit earlier assisted on Frans Nielsen's(notes) game-tying goal late in the third, and was a plus-2 for the night. Dwayne Roloson(notes) had 37 saves on 40 shots in the win.
Honorable mention: The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied on goals by Ruslan Fedotenko(notes) and Alex Goligoski(notes) with less than three minutes to go against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and then Sidney Crosby(notes) scored a strange shootout goal to clinch the 4-3 victory on the road. ... Minus Marian Gaborik(notes), the New York Rangers fell at the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, as Petr Sykora(notes) and Mikko Koivu(notes) had multi-point nights. For Sykora, the strong effort came after a healthy scratch earlier this week. ... Two-point nights for Kris Versteeg(notes) and Patrick Kane(notes), as well as a strong night of defense in front of Cristobal Huet(notes) (20 saves), propelled the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens. ... You may more may not feel this Andrew Ladd hit belongs among honorable mentions, but it was a heck of a wallop. ... Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan(notes) scored two goals each and the Anaheim Ducks erased a two-goal deficit with seven (!) consecutive goals to rout the Vancouver Canucks, 7-2. ... Ryane Clowe(notes) scored his first of the season, Dany Heatley(notes) netted his ninth and the San Jose Sharks peppered Craig Anderson(notes) with 46 shots in their 3-1 win over the red-hot Colorado Avalanche. ... Alexander Ovechkin scored his League-leading 14th goal of the season in the Caps' loss.
Did you know?: George Parros(notes), who scored a rare goal for the Ducks, came into last night's action "with a ratio of 65 penalty minutes for every goal he had scored in 242 previous NHL games." (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Just a terrible effort from the Canucks, who saw Andrew Raycoft (18 saves on 22 shots) lifted for Cory Schneider(notes). Nucks Misconduct tried to find the silver lining. ... The Leafs limp out of Buffalo with a point and a 1-7-3 overall record. ... Montreal gave Chicago seven power plays on the night. ... Mike Ribeiro(notes), Brenden Morrow(notes) and Jamie Benn(notes) were all a minus-3 in the Dallas loss. ... Did we mention that not only did enforcer George Parros score for Anaheim, but fellow ruffian Mike Brown also tallied for the fourth time in his career? And shorthanded, no less?