BOSTON -- Blake Sloan, Mathieu Darche and Ray Whitney each scored their first goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets broke out of a season-long scoring slump with a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Mike Sillinger and Kevin Dineen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who started the night with the league's fewest goals. The five were a season high and gives them 31 this season, still the least in the Western Conference.
Sergei Samsonov had a second-period power-play goal for the Bruins.
Rangers 4, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Michael York scored two goals and Dan Blackburn made 29 saves as New York extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Buffalo.
Theo Fleury and Andreas Johansson also scored for the Rangers.
James Patrick and Miroslav Satan scored in a 67-second span in the second period for the Sabres, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Senators 3, Predators 2
OTTAWA -- Defenseman Wade Redden scored with four minutes remaining to lift Ottawa past Nashville.
Chris Herperger and Todd White also scored for the Senators.
Bubba Berenzweig and Andy Delmore had Nashville's goals.
Capitals 3, Thrashers 0
WASHINGTON -- Jeff Halpern and Chris Simon scored first-period goals six seconds apart and goalie Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves as Washington snapped a six-game winless streak with a victory over Atlanta.
Ulf Dahlen had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who'd last won on Oct. 24 at Florida.
It was the third time in team history the Capitals have scored goals six seconds apart.
Before the game, the Capitals traded Trevor Linden and a draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks for two draft picks.
Canadiens 3, Islanders 2
MONTREAL -- Craig Rivet, Oleg Petrov and Yanic Perreault scored second-period goals to lead Montreal past New York.
Alexei Yashin scored twice in the second period for New York, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Islanders have lost three of five after a 9-0-1-1 start.
The Canadiens won their second straight.
Flyers 3, Panthers 2, OT
SUNRISE, Fla. -- John LeClair scored with 42.1 seconds left in overtime to lift Philadelphia to a victory over Florida.
Simon Gagne had the Flyers' two regulation goals.
Viktor Kozlov and Paul Laus scored for the Panthers.
Maple Leafs 1, Devils 1, OT
TORONTO -- New Jersey's John Madden scored the tying goal in the third period as the Devils and Toronto skated to the tie.
The game between the two rivals featured eight fighting majors.
Mats Sundin scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost 3-2 to New Jersey on Friday night.
Blues 4, Coyotes 1
ST. LOUIS -- Keith Tkachuk had two goals and an assist to lead St. Louis past Phoenix.
It was Tkachuk's first game against his former team after last year's trade.
Scott Mellanby and Doug Weight also scored for the Blues.
Ladislav Nagy scored for Phoenix.
Lightning 3, Penguins 2, OT
TAMPA, Fla. -- Vaclav Prospal scored with 30.2 seconds left in overtime to lead Tampa Bay to a victory over Pittsburgh, spoiling Mario Lemieux's return from hip surgery.
Lemieux, originally expected to be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks, had arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 29 and missed a total of eight games because of a hip injury. He had an assist in his first game back.
Aleksey Morozov and Wayne Primeau scored for Pittsburgh.
Tampa Bay also got goals from Vincent Lecavalier and Juha Ylonen.
Flames 2, Avalanche 0
CALGARY, Alberta -- Roman Turek made 36 saves and Jarome Iginla scored his league-leading 14th goal as the Calgary Flames beat the struggling Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Saturday night.
With the Flames leading 1-0 after Denis Gauthier's second-period goal, Iginla ignited the sell-out crowd of 17,409 when he fired a 20-foot shot past Patrick Roy with 3:53 left in the third period.
Kings 3, Red Wings 2, OT
LOS ANGELES -- Ziggy Palffy, who missed five games because of back spasms, scored the winning goal in overtime in his return as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Saturday night.
Palffy scored on his second breakaway of the game, slipping the puck through the legs of Dominik Hasek at 3:33 of overtime after Bryan Smolinski got the puck out of Detroit's end.
The Kings had lost six of their previous seven games, but beat the NHL's best team in a game similar to the teams' tight first-round playoff contests last season.
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