The Leafs forward scored with 0.6 seconds left in overtime, chipping the puck past Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres for the 4-3 victory. He earlier scored in the second period, as Buffalo dropped to 29-9-5 vs. the Leafs at home since 1996.
It wasn’t easy, but the Sharks goaltender backstopped his team to a 6-0-0 start in a win over the Anaheim Ducks in the shootout. Niemi made 28 saves and two more in the shootout, as the Sharks won the game, 3-2.
The Detroit forward answered Loui Eriksson’s second-period goal less than three minutes after it was scored, and then closed out the scoring with his second of the season just 23 seconds after Damien Brunner scored in the third. The Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-1.
Honorable Mention: Michael Del Zotto had a goal and an assist and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1. … Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist while Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves in the New York Islanders’ 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. … Tomas Plekanec’s third-period power-play goal was the difference in a back-and-forth affair between the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets. The Habs won, 4-3. Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist. … Sergei Gonchar’s power-play goal in the third period completed a 3-goal rally for the Ottawa Senators against the Washington Capitals, who lost 3-2. … Steven Stamkos opened the scoring with Goal No. 4, while Cory Conacher had a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. … Tomas Fleischmann had a shorthanded, unassisted goal for the Panthers. … Mikhail Grigorenko scored his first career goal for the Buffalo Sabres. … Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s third-period goal broke a 2-2 tie after the Minnesota Wild surrendered a 2-goal lead, as Minny defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2. … Nathan Horton’s third-period goal forced OT, and this Brad Marchand shootout attempt gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils:
Did You Know? The Wild/Blue Jackets game was stopped briefly midway through the second after linesman Thor Nelson was hit in the side of the face with the puck on a clearing attempt. Nelson completed the second period, but didn't come out for the third. The third period was played with just one linesman. (AP)
Dishonorable Mention: Ryan Callahan of the NY Rangers appeared to seriously hurt his left shoulder in a wrestling match with Max Talbot. … Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after giving up four goals on 17 shots. … Mike Brown of the Leafs sent Pat Kaleta to the hospital with this hit from behind:
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