Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Boyes scored in regulation and notched a fortunate goal in the shootout as the Florida Panthers edged the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in an odd finish at First Niagara Center. The Panthers had a potential go-ahead goal late in regulation denied due to a quick whistle, and Jonathan Huberdeau had his chance in the second round of the shootout waved off when, upon replay, it was ruled he pushed Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth into the net as the puck crossed the goal line. Boyes, though, finished off Florida's second win in three games in the next round, as his wrister hit off the post, then bounced off the back of Enroth's sweater for the deciding tally. Tim Thomas stopped all three chances he faced in the shootout and finished with 23 saves, and Enroth had his 34-save effort go for naught. Jamie McBain scored the only goal in regulation for the Sabres, who had their five-game home winning streak stopped.
Final Score: New Jersey 1, Dallas 0
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Ryder registered the game's only goal and Cory Schneider notched a 26-save shutout, as the New Jersey Devils downed the Dallas Stars, 1-0, on Thursday at Prudential Center. Ryder scored his 15th of the season in the second period to provide Schneider with all the support he would need, as the 27-year-old netminder turned away all comers to secure his third shutout of the season and 12th of his career. The victory snapped New Jersey's three-game slide and sent the Stars to a fourth consecutive setback, despite a solid 33-save effort from goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Final Score: Carolina 6, Toronto 1
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Staal posted a goal and three assists to lead the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists, Zach Boychuk and Jeff Skinner each had a goal and an assist, while John-Michael Liles and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal for the Hurricanes, who are in the midst of a season-high five-game winning streak. Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in the victory. Joffrey Lupul had the lone goal of the game for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped three straight. James Reimer allowed all six goals on 36 shots in the loss.