Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Roberto Luongo stopped all 25 shots he faced earn his first shutout of the season, and Vancouver scored one goal in all three periods as the Canucks blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0. The Canucks dominated the game from the opening drop, out-shooting Buffalo 19-7 in the first period. Chris Higgins scored the first goal, Brad Richardson lit the lamp in the second and Ryan Stanton tallied the final goal midway through the third. Vancouver, which was coming off a win in Philadelphia on the heels of back-to-back 4-1 home losses, has won three straight on the road. Ryan Miller had 31 saves in a losing effort for the Sabres, who were coming off their first win of the season Tuesday against the Islanders.
Final Score: Carolina 3, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Ron Hainsey's fluke goal in the third period gave the Carolina Hurricanes a surprising 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Ryan Murphy and Eric Staal also scored in the third period for the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Cam Ward made 24 saves in the win. Joffrey Lupul and Josh Leivo scored the goals for the Maple Leafs, who came into the game having won six of seven to start the season. James Reimer started the game for Toronto, but left just 32 seconds in after getting hit in the head during a collision with Leivo. Jonathan Bernier played the rest of the game and allowed three goals on 37 shots.
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Edmonton 2
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period while adding an assist in the New York Islanders' 3-2 victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers from Nassau Coliseum. Kyle Okposo recorded a goal and an assist as well to help put the Islanders back in the win column following an 0-2-1 stretch. Josh Bailey also scored for New York and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27-of-29 shots in the triumph. Taylor Hall accounted for both Oilers' goals, which came a mere eight seconds apart late in the first period. Edmonton failed to generate much offensively the rest of the way, however, en route to a fifth straight defeat that dropped the young club to 1-6-1 under first-year head coach Dallas Eakins. Devan Dubnyk finished with 37 saves for the Oilers in a losing cause.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Malkin picked up a goal and one assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins sent the Philadelphia Flyers to a franchise- worst start to a season by claiming a 4-1 decision on Thursday. Even playing without top defenseman Kris Letang (knee) and key forward James Neal (lower- body), four different players lit the lamp, including Sidney Crosby, who increased his season-commencing point streak to seven games. Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins, the Metropolitan Division leaders who improved to 6-1-0 on the year. Pascal Dupuis added a pair of assists to back a 24-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury. Steve Mason continued his solid play, making 31 stops for the Flyers, who fell to 1-7-0 -- one point worse than a 1-6-1 start to the 2006-07 season. Wayne Simmonds recorded the lone goal for Philadelphia, whose anemic offense has produced 11 goals so far.
Final Score: Montreal 5, Columbus 3
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Plekanec scored the game-winning goal with 1:07 left to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. The Canadiens won a faceoff in their own zone and quickly advanced the puck up ice. Brian Gionta skated with the disc along the right boards and centered it to Plekanec at the blue line. Plekanec briefly skated in before firing a wrister from just inside the blue line past Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winning marker. Plekanec scored 49 seconds later with a short-handed, empty netter to account for the final difference. Rene Bourque, Michael Bournival and Andrei Markov also tallied for the Canadiens, winners in four straight. Carey Price made 30 saves in the win. Boone Jenner scored a pair of goals and Ryan Johansen added a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, losers in three straight. Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots in the setback.