After a horrendous 5-20-1 start, the Buffalo Sabres have to be happy spoiling things for others.
On Saturday night, they ruined a good run by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals and Ryan Miller was almost flawless in goal as the Sabres ended a five-game skid with a 5-2 victory that snuffed out the Blue Jackets’ franchise-record winning streak at eight.
“It feels good. It feels good to be a spoiler,” Foligno said. “The odds were against us, they were on a roll and have been playing pretty well. Their power play’s been good — and we got two goals off of it, which is great.”
Matt Ellis, Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Sabres, who snapped an 0-3-2 stretch.
“It’s pretty cool. They’re one of the hottest teams in the NHL this month,” said Hodgson, who also had an assist. “It feels nice to win, it doesn’t matter who it’s against. But it’s a little extra sweeter (against a good team).”
It was a stunning reversal of fortune for both teams. Ehrhoff added two assists, tying a career high with three points as the Sabres won by three goals and scored five times in regulation for the first times all season.
BLUES 4, ISLANDERS 3, SO: Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift St. Louis over New York following a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime. After T.J. Oshie tied it for the Blues with 27 seconds left in regulation, Thomas Vanek appeared to score the winner for the Islanders on the power play with 1:15 left in overtime — but the play was overturned on review at the NHL offices in Toronto. The puck hit Vanek’s skate blade and dribbled past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, but a distinct kicking motion that usually negates goals wasn’t apparent.
HURRICANES 6, SENATORS 3: Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading Carolina over Ottawa. It was the third straight win for Carolina, which is 11-0-1 in its last 12 home games against Ottawa. The result moved the Hurricanes, who had a 4-0 lead in the second period, a point ahead of the Senators in the Eastern Conference standings. Nathan Gerbe added a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, while Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Tuomo Ruutu scored.
BRUINS 6, FLYERS 1: Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and Boston beat Philadelphia. Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins. The defending Eastern Conference champions are 3-0-1 since losing five of eight, and trail only Pittsburgh in the conference. Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal for the slumping Flyers.
CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 0: Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury that sidelined him two games to start a four-goal second period as Washington ended a seven-game winless run with a victory over slumping Montreal. John Erskine, Jay Beagle and John Carlson also scored in the middle period as the Capitals, who had scored only three goals in their four previous games, dominated the first half of the game and then shut Montreal down. The Canadiens have lost four in a row and five of six.
LIGHTNING 5, AVALANCHE 2: Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead Tampa Bay past Colorado. With the Lightning leading 3-2, Johnson doubled the advantage with 5:22 remaining and then completed his first career hat trick less than 2 1/2 minutes later. Mark Barberio and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning. Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist on Johnson’s second goal. John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie scored in the second period for Colorado.
JETS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, OT: Dustin Byfuglien fired a low shot past Jonathan Bernier 2:44 into overtime to give Winnipeg a victory over Toronto. Toronto’s Phil Kessel took a pass from James van Riemsdyk and fired a sharp-angled shot past Ondrej Pavelec with 1:33 left in the third period to tie the score. Mark Scheifele, Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets.