Wednesday's NHL Capsules
Thursday, March 15, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jamie McGinn forced overtime by scoring with 2 seconds left in regulation, and Peter Mueller netted the lone shootout goal in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
McGinn scored twice, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and assist, and David Jones scored for the Avalanche, who vaulted out of a four-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference to sixth. Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves through overtime, and stopped all three of Buffalo's shootout attempts to improve to 8-0 in the tiebreaker.
Rookie Marcus Foligno scored twice for Buffalo, which inched within three points of eighth-place Washington in the East. Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists, Tyler Ennis had three assists, and Alexander Sulzer also scored for the Sabres.
CANADIENS 3, SENATORS 2, SO
MONTREAL (AP) — David Desharnais scored in regulation and in a shootout, lifting Montreal past Ottawa.
Desharnais had the only goal in the shootout, and Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped all three Senators attempts.
Erik Cole also scored for Montreal (28-32-11), 3-0-1 in its last four games. The Canadiens are 3-0-1 against the Senators this season, and will face them again in Ottawa on Friday.
Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson had goals for the Senators (36-25-10), who are one point behind Northeast Division-leading Boston. The Bruins have two games in hand.
JETS 5, STARS 2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Andrew Ladd scored twice to help Winnipeg snap Dallas' six-game winning streak.
Nik Antropov, Evander Kane and Eric Fehr also scored for the Jets, who moved four points behind Washington for the eighth and last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Loui Eriksson had both goals for Dallas. The Stars, who won 1-0 at Minnesota the previous night, dropped to 1-10-2 in the second games of back-to-backs.
With the Stars trailing 5-0, Eriksson spoiled Ondrej Pavelec's shot at a fifth shutout this season with 3:31 left in the second period.
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