Buffalo Sabres get first win over winless Atlanta
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Miller made 20 saves for his fifth career shutout, Tim Connolly and Brian Campbell each had a goal and two assists, and the Buffalo Sabres got their first win of the season, 6-0, over winless Atlanta on Thursday night.
Derek Roy, Ales Kotalik and Daniel Paille added a goal and an assist each, and Jason Pominville also scored for the Sabres, who had lost their first two games of the season. Buffalo scored three power-play goals in the first period.
The Thrashers, last season’s Southeast Division-champs, have dropped their first four games of the season, their worst start since losing nine straight to open the 2002-03 season. In their four losses, Atlanta has scored only four goals.
Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen finished with 15 saves before being lifted for Johan Hedberg to start the third period. Hedberg made seven saves.
Hurricanes 5, Senators 3
In Ottawa, Erik Cole scored twice, and Chad Larose had three assists, helping Carolina end Ottawa’s season-opening five-game winning streak.
Cam Ward stopped 27 shots, and Matt Cullen and Rod Brind’Amour also scored for Carolina, which improved to 3-1-1 overall.
Cole, who opened the scoring with his first goal of the season on a power play in the first period, got his second goal 6:35 into the third to put Carolina up 4-1.
Mike Fisher and Joe Corvo scored goals 1:55 apart late in the third to draw Ottawa within 4-3. But Eric Staal scored into an empty net with 59 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Dany Heatley also scored his fifth goal of the season for Ottawa, which fell one game short of matching its best start ever.