BUFFALO, N.Y. - To the consternation of some fans of the last-place Sabres, Buffalo is refusing to go in the tank in the final weeks of the NHL season.
Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson scored 1:41 apart in the third period to rally the Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in a matchup between the Eastern Conference's two worst teams.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins didn't really get an explanation why Kevin Bieksa and Alexandre Burrows were ejected late in regulation.
Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette said he didn't see Burrows' hit on centre Paul Gaustad.
All that mattered was the Canucks killed off a long power play that stretched into overtime and pulled out a shootout win over the Predators.
DETROIT - Mark Stone scored the final goal in the shootout, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris also had shootout goals for the Senators. Clarke MacArthur scored in the third period, and Andrew Hammond, who missed the previous two games because of a lower-body injury, returned and made 16 saves.
DALLAS - Jiri Hudler is having the best season of his 10-year career, and the Calgary Flames forward is savvy enough to know that it doesn't hurt to be a little lucky.
Hudler deflected in a second-period shot to start Calgary's three-goal flurry in a span of 6:49 that helped the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Monday night.
Kris Russell's shot from the left point hit Hudler and Dallas defenceman Alex Galligaskins and trickled past goalie Kari Lehtonen.
DENVER - In the midst of a tough season, the Edmonton Oilers are finishing strong.
The Colorado Avalanche? Well, they dropped a game they could ill afford to lose.
Defenceman Justin Schultz broke a second-period tie and Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots, helping Edmonton snap a five-game road losing streak by beating Colorado 4-1 on Monday night.
ST. LOUIS - As usual, the Vancouver Canucks were strong on the road. The St. Louis Blues didn't put up much of a fight.
Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory over the struggling Blues on Monday night. They will look for a repeat Tuesday against the Predators.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Engblom needed stitches after taking a puck to his forehead late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby tipped Brenden Dillon's outlet pass over the glass with 1:42 left in the period. The puck deflected right at Engblom, who was broadcasting from the ice-level area between the teams' benches at CONSOL Energy Center.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Calgary Flames needed a total team effort to beat the Nashville Predators and get back into playoff position in the Western Conference.
Lance Bouma had two goals, and Michael Ferland, Kris Russell, and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory on Sunday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild poured it on in the third period against the Calgary Flames.
Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu scored early in a three-goal third period and the Wild pulled away to beat the Flames 4-2 on Friday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games without pay for a check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.
The league determined Boll came in high with his shoulder on a second-period hit on Maroon during the game on Tuesday night in Columbus, a 5-3 victory for the Blue Jackets.