Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist in a big first period to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice while Eric Gryba and Guillaume Latendresse each had goals for the Senators, who have won four of their last five. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots in the win. Tyler Johnson scored twice and Teddy Purcell also had a goal for the Lightning, who have lost their past two games. Mathieu Garon didn't make it out of the first period as he gave up three goals on 11 shots while Cedrick Desjardins was charged with just one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way.
Final Score: Minnesota 2, San Jose 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom stopped 33 shots to notch his first shutout of the season, as the Minnesota Wild blanked the San Jose Sharks, 2-0, on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon each scored once, with Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter adding a pair of helpers apiece to help the Wild extend their season-high winning streak to five games. Antti Niemi allowed both goals on 24 shots for the Sharks, who have lost three of four on a five-game road trip that wraps up Monday in Anaheim.
Final Score: Vancouver 1, Los Angeles 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Cory Schneider made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season to lead the Vancouver Canucks in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Mason Raymond had the only goal of the contest for the Canucks, who have won three straight. Jonathan Quick stopped 12 shots for the Kings, who have lost their past two games, both by shutouts.
Final Score: Toronto 3, Boston 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Frazer McLaren all scored goals and Toronto held off a late Boston comeback effort to earn a 3-2 decision at the Air Canada Centre, the Maple Leafs' first win over the rival Bruins in nearly two full years. James Reimer came up with 31 saves to help Toronto halt a string of eight straight regulation losses to the Bruins since a 4-3 shootout triumph at TD Garden on Mar. 31, 2011, despite the Leafs being outshot by a 33-13 margin by their fellow Northeast Division inhabitants. Boston trailed 3-0 before getting third-period goals from Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference, the last coming with 1:16 remaining, but couldn't overcome the sizeable deficit and was dealt its third loss in its last four outings. Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin stopped only 8-of-11 shots before being pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask early in the third period.
Final Score: Buffalo 2, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller posted 38 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres take a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thomas Vanek scored both goals in the win for the Sabres, who have ripped off three straight wins for just the second time this season. Michael Ryder scored the lone goal while Carey Price made 16 saves for the Canadiens, who had won six of seven coming into the contest. The loss saw Montreal fail in its bid to close the gap with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference as the Canadiens remain three points back. However, Montreal's next contest will come in Pittsburgh as the two top squads faceoff on Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Center.
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Florida 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - David Clarkson's second-period marker proved to be the difference, as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Florida Panthers, 2-1, on Saturday at Prudential Center. Patrik Elias also lit the lamp, while Travis Zajac assisted on both New Jersey goals to help the Devils register their second straight victory. Martin Brodeur stopped 17-of-18 shots to notch his 666th career victory. Peter Mueller netted the lone Florida goal, while Scott Clemmensen gave up both goals on 25 shots for the Panthers, who saw their two-game win streak come to an end.