Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht scored 12 seconds apart late in the third period, lifting the Buffalo Sabres over the Ottawa Senators, 4-2. Luke Adam and Steve Ott also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who sit four points out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Ryan Miller made 35 saves for Buffalo, which has won two in a row since a four-game skid. Marc Methot and Eric Gryba scored for the Senators, who remained tied for fifth place the East with idle Toronto. Robin Lehner stopped 26-of-30 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, NY Rangers 1 (SO)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jussi Jokinen scored the lone goal in the shootout as Pittsburgh edged the New York Rangers, 2-1, in the back end of a home-and-home set from CONSOL Energy Center. Jokinen beat Henrik Lundqvist with a trademark wrister while skating from right to left across the slot in the first round, and though two more of his new teammates failed to score, Marc-Andre Fleury turned away all three New York chances. Jokinen also provided the sole regulation tally for the Penguins, who avenged a 6-1 loss in Manhattan to the Rangers on Wednesday and snapped a two-game slide. Fleury ended up with 34 saves as Pittsburgh won its 10th consecutive home game that was decided in a shootout. Rick Nash scored and Lundqvist made 26 stops for the Rangers, who had won two in a row.
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Columbus 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - David Backes scored the game-winning goal late in the second period as St. Louis posted a 3-1 win over Columbus at Scottrade Center. Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund also rippled the net for the Blues, who have won three in a row since dropping four of five. Jake Allen snagged the victory thanks to 26 saves. Artem Anisimov provided the lone offense for the Blue Jackets, whose three-game win streak came to an end. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped only 16 pucks in the setback.