Wednesday's NHL Capsules
Thursday, November 3, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers scored three times in the first period to chase All-Star goalie Ryan Miller in a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the Flyers eliminated the Sabres in seven games during their Eastern Conference quarterfinal last season.
Sean Couturier, James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers, who won their second straight after losing four of five.
Luke Adam had a goal and an assist and Andrej Sekera also scored for the Sabres, who have lost four of five. They fell to 1-4-0 in Buffalo.
Miller was pulled after Hartnell made it 3-0 just 6:23 into the game. Miller finished with eight saves before being lifted for backup Jhonas Enroth, who had 15 saves in relief.
Bryzgalov helped preserve the win with a pair of nifty saves on Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek over the final 16 seconds.
Maple Leafs 5, Devils 3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Joffrey Lupul had three goals in a wild second period, his first hat trick in almost four years, to lead Toronto past New Jersey.
Lupul scored three times in a span of 7:22 against Martin Brodeur, who returned to the ice after missing six games with a bruised right shoulder. Joey Crabb and Mihkail Grabovski also had goals for the Maple Leafs.
The last time Lupul scored three goals in a game was Dec. 12, 2007, when he had six points for the Philadelphia Flyers against Pittsburgh. He scored four goals in a Western Conference playoff game for Anaheim on May 10, 2006.
Patrik Elias, Darius Zubrus and David Clarkson scored for the Devils, who have lost five of six.
Phil Kessel padded his NHL scoring lead with two assists for Toronto (8-3-1). Kessel, off to the best scoring start for the Maple Leafs since 1944-45, has 10 goals and 10 assists in 12 games.
Lupul has eight goals this season. He totaled 14 last season in 54 games with the Ducks and Maple Leafs combined.
Coyotes 4, Avalanche 1
DENVER (AP) — Mike Smith stopped 39 shots and Radim Vrbata had two goals to lift Phoenix over Colorado.
Taylor Pyatt and Lauri Korpikoski also scored to help the Coyotes win their third straight game.
Ryan O’Reilly had the lone goal for the Avalanche.
The Coyotes had seven players with assists, including two by Ray Whitney. Vrbata sealed the win when he scored an empty-net goal against his former team with 1:33 remaining.