NHL ROUNDUP: Sabres win after blockbuster trade
Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves as the Buffalo Sabres beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday night, a few hours after they traded goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott.
Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson and Tyler Myers scored for Buffalo, while Enroth played well in the absence of Miller, who was dealt to St. Louis along with Ott before warmups.
James Sheppard and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose.
The win gave Buffalo three straight wins for the first time since last April.
AVALANCHE 4, COYOTES 2: Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in Colorado’s win. Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots in his first game after playing for Russia in the Olympics, and P.A. Parenteau and Nate Guenin also scored for Colorado. Guenin’s goal was his first in nearly two years after spending all of last season in the American Hockey League.
Shane Doan had two goals and Thomas Greiss had 29 saves for Phoenix.
WILD 2, CANUCKS 1, SO: Justin Fontaine’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout gave Minnesota a win.
Fontaine went wide on Eddie Lack and slid the puck under the Vancouver goalie. Darcy Kuemper preserved the win by denying Vancouver’s final shooter, David Booth.
Earlier in the shootout, Vancouver’s Chris Higgins had Kuemper down and out after a deke, but hit the post.
Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and Minnesota’s Zach Parise exchanged first-period goals.
DUCKS 1, BLUES 0: Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in his fifth shutout of the season, Andrew Cogliano scored in the opening minutes, and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks returned from their Olympic break with a victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Brian Elliott stopped 18 shots for the Blues just a few hours after St. Louis acquired star goalie Ryan Miller in a five-player trade with the Buffalo Sabres.
St. Louis still hasn’t scored after the break, taking its first two shutout losses of the season.