Fri Mar 19 01:28am EDT
During a 6-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Pominville recorded a hat trick and helped the Sabres keep their lead over the Ottawa Senators in the Northeast Division and the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Pominville scored twice in the first period as Buffalo took a 3-0 lead and outshot Tampa Bay 14-4. To cap off the hat trick, Pominville scored the Sabres' final tally with 34 seconds to go for his 21st goal of the season. Ryan Miller(notes) made 23 saves, Derek Roy(notes) scored a goal and recorded two assists and Tyler Myers(notes) added his 10th goal in the win.
It's good to be home for Vancouver. The Canucks rebounded from a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks for their third win in four home games since their 14-game road trip. Luongo made 32 saves for his 37th win of the season and his fifth in his last six starts. Ryan Kesler(notes) and Alexander Edler(notes) each scored a goal and assist to help send the Sharks to their fourth straight defeat.
It was a memorable night for Kariya as he scored the game-winning goal 1:13 after Wade Redden(notes) had tied thing at three in the third period. The goal was Kariya's 400th in the NHL. St. Louis' win puts them five behind Detroit in the Western Conference and continues another late-season surge. Mike Weaver(notes) scored his first goal since March 23, 2007 and Ty Conklin(notes) stopped 26 shots.
Honorable mention: Lightning sensational sophomore Steven Stamkos(notes) had two assists to give him a 40/40 season ... Ray Whitney's(notes) goal 4:02 into overtime gave Carolina a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Joe Corvo(notes) scored twice for the Capitals in the loss ... Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) made 17 stops to record the first shutout of the season for Pittsburgh in a 3-0 win over Boston ... Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) made 24 saves and Phil Kessel(notes) scored his 27th in regulation and the game winner in the shootout for a 2-1 Toronto win over New Jersey ... Nashville's Pekka Rinne(notes) stopped 17 Minnesota shots for his fifth shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over the Wild. Rookie Colin Wilson(notes) scored a goal and had an assist as the Predators won their fourth in a row ... Brian Boucher's(notes) 27 saves and Mike Richards'(notes) goal and assist led the way in Philadelphia 3-2 win over Dallas. The start was Boucher's first since December 21st as he fills in for the injured Ray Emery(notes) and Michael Leighton(notes). Steve Ott(notes) accounted for the Stars' two goals ... Antti Niemi(notes) made 17 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and Tomas Kopecky(notes) scored twice in Chicago's 3-0 win over Los Angeles. With the victory, the Blackhawks overtook San Jose for top seed in the Western Conference. Patrick Kane(notes) recorded his career-high 52nd assist of the season ... Down 3-0 in the third period, the Phoenix Coyotes roared back to tie the Florida Panthers and win in a shootout 4-3. Lee Stempniak(notes) scored his seventh goal since being dealt to Phoenix at the trade deadline and Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) made 21 saves as the Coyotes set a franchise record with their 44th win of the season ... Nik Antropov(notes) and Colby Armstrong(notes) scored twice, while Johan Hedberg(notes) made 36 saves in a 6-3 Atlanta win over Ottawa. The victory moves the Thrashers three points behind Boston for eighth in the Eastern Conference.
Did you know?: Vancouver beat San Jose for just the second time in 10 games over the last three seasons. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Henrik Lundqvist(notes) (four goals, 16 shots), Antero Niittymaki(notes) (five goals, 22 shots) and Josh Harding(notes) (four goals, 22 shots, pulled) had rough nights for the Rangers, Lightning and Wild, respectively ... The Boston Bruins "revenge" on Matt Cooke consisted of just one fight with Shawn Thornton. Nothing else ... Finally, Radim Vrbata(notes) scored the winner in the shootout, but before that, tied things with 59.7 seconds left in the third on this goal that Tomas Vokoun(notes) will never live down: