Alex Tuch scores in OT, Golden Knights top Rangers 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Tuch buried a sharp-angled shot just over two minutes into overtime, giving the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in his 423rd career victory, which moved him into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the NHL's wins list.
Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith and William Carrier scored for Vegas, which extended its points streak to four straight games.
Punishment for hits to head prevalent early in NHL playoffs
George Parros is a busy man early in the Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to a rash of questionable hits around the NHL.
The vice president of player safety's department suspended Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri three games for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels in what the league called a hit made in the name of retribution and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head on Vegas forward William Carrier.
Sabres’ fresh start features motivated Jack Eichel
LAST SEASON: 33-37-12, 78 points. Finished last in Atlantic Division and 15th in Eastern Conference, extending playoff drought to sixth consecutive season.
COACH: Phil Housley (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: GM Jason Botterill, Ds Marco Scandella, Nathan Beaulieu and Victor Antipin, RW Jason Pominville, LW Benoit Pouliot, G Chad Johnson.
LOST: RW Brian Gionta, LWs Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and William Carrier, Ds Cody Franson and Dmitry Kulikov, G Anders Nilsson.
Maple Leafs beat Predators 3-1 for 5th win in 6 games
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Frederik Andersen proved he's feeling just fine after missing nearly two games with an upper-body injury.
The Maple Leafs goaltender made 29 saves, helping Toronto beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Thursday night.
Andersen appeared to be hurt last weekend in a collision with Sabres forward William Carrier during a loss at Buffalo. Andersen missed the final two periods of that game and sat out Tuesday night's win over Florida.
Matthews caps 3-goal burst, Leafs beat Sabres 4-3
TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews, Leo Komarov and Matt Martin each scored in a nine-minute span in the second period and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 13 games.
Toronto came back after trailing 2-0 through 20 minutes, getting its first victory this season when behind after one period (1-8-1).
It wasn't all rosy for the Leafs, though. Top defenseman Morgan Rielly left after the first period with a lower-body injury.
Skinner keeps Canes rolling at home with win over Sabres
Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist, Brock McGinn also scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Friday night.
Carolina swept its three-game series against Buffalo and won its third straight game overall. The Hurricanes are 14-4-1 at home, including 13-1-1 in the last 15 games in Raleigh.
Skinner scored two goals early in the second period, the first one giving him his 300th NHL point.
Buffalo C Ryan O’Reilly returns after appendectomy
CHICAGO (AP) — Buffalo center Ryan O'Reilly is active for the Sabres' game at Chicago after he had an appendectomy during the NHL's holiday break.
O'Reilly practiced with the team on Wednesday and participated in the morning skate ahead of Thursday night's matchup with the Blackhawks.
O'Reilly has seven goals and 11 assists in 27 games. He missed four consecutive games after the operation.
O’Reilly seals Sabres’ 2-1 shootout win over Penguins
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For once, Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma couldn't complain about his team's lack of offense.
Anders Nilsson stopped 46 shots, plus three more in the shootout, to stymie the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins.
And one goal in regulation, plus minor league call-up Cal O'Reilly's shootout tally, were just enough for the offensively challenged Sabres to pull out a 2-1 victory Saturday night.