BUFFALO, N.Y. – Steve Ott had a goal and an assist, and the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night in coach Ted Nolan’s first game in 16 years behind the Buffalo bench.
Marcus Foligno scored the go-ahead goal, and Christian Ehrhoff sealed it with an empty-netter in the final minute. The Sabres (5-15-1) won their second consecutive game for the first time since closing last season with two victories. They also won their second straight at home after opening the season 0-8-1 in Buffalo.
Ryan Miller stopped 32 shots, and was particularly sharp in the final minute.
The win came two days after Sabres owner Terry Pegula fired coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier.
Trevor Smith scored for the Maple Leafs (11-7-1), who dropped to 0-2-1 in their past three—their longest losing streak since going 0-3-2 from March 7-16. Toronto has scored just four goals in regulation in five games.
CAPITALS 4, RED WINGS 3, SO
DETROIT (AP)—Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the shootout, and Washington rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Detroit.
Brooks Laich, and Alex Ovechkin added goals, and Michale Latta scored his first in the NHL for Washington. Braden Holtby made 30 saves.
Johan Franzen had two goals and an assist, and Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which lost its seventh straight at home and its 11th consecutive overtime decision there. Jakub Kindl had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves.
Latta tied it 3-3 with 8:06 left in regulation when he poked in a loose puck from just outside the slot. Ovechkin had brought Washington within 3-2 at 3:19 of the third period with his 15th goal.
KINGS 2, DEVILS 0
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Dwight King and Anze Kopitar scored third-period goals, and Ben Scrivens made 26 saves to lift Los Angeles over New Jersey.
King’s sixth goal of the season came at 13:08. Defenceman Jake Muzzin’s drive from the left point was redirected by King, standing in front of goalie Cory Schneider.
Kopitar scored an empty-net goal with 2.9 seconds left. Schneider made 19 saves.
It was the Kings’ first visit to New Jersey since they beat the Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.
PENGUINS 4, PREDATORS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP)—James Neal and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist, and Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Nashville.
Playing in his fourth game of the season, Neal—a former 40-goal scorer—netted his first of the season late in the first period to give the Penguins a lead they didn’t relinquish against the road-weary Predators.
Nashville lost the final four of a franchise-record, 17-day, seven-game trip. Gabriel Bourque scored 2:28 in but the Predators were held to fewer than two goals for the fourth consecutive game.
Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang also scored, and Evgeni Malkin extended his point streak to six with two assists for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves to improve to 8-2 at home.
The Penguins have held opponents under three goals in seven of eight games.
Nashville fell to 7-1-2 when scoring first.
SENATORS 4, BRUINS 2
OTTAWA (AP)—Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Bobby Ryan scored third-period goals, and Ottawa earned a comeback victory against Boston.
The Senators ended the Bruins’ 11-game winning streak in Ottawa.
Chris Neil also scored for the Senators (8-7-4), who were coming off a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Craig Anderson was solid in stopping 30 shots.
Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins (12-6-1). Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.
Ryan had to leave the game with just over three minutes remaining after taking an elbow to the head by Dennis Seidenberg. There was no penalty on the play.
WILD 3, PANTHERS 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Charlie Coyle put Minnesota ahead with 8:22 remaining after Florida scored twice in the third period to tie it, and the Wild hung on to beat the Panthers for their sixth win in seven games.
After a scoreless second period, the Wild paid for their mid-game sluggishness by giving up goals to Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau about 5 1/2 minutes apart that gave the Panthers life.
Josh Harding stopped 22 shots to improve to 9-0 at home.
The NHL leader in goals against average has given up two goals or fewer in all but one of his 16 appearances.
Zach Parise and Jason Pominville gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead.
Tim Thomas made 17 saves for the Panthers.
The Wild improved to 9-1-2 at home this season for 20 points, the most by any NHL team. At 12-4-4, they set a franchise record for most points (28) through 20 games.
HURRICANES 3, DUCKS 2, SO
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Chris Terry scored the winner in the shootout to lift Carolina over Anaheim.
Eric Staal and Drayson Bowman scored for Carolina in regulation, and Justin Peters made 28 saves.
Peters, filling in for the injured Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, helped Carolina conclude a 4-0-1 homestand by making 138 saves on 144 shots.
Corey Perry had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, and Dustin Penner also scored.
In his first game since being activated from the injured list on Thursday, Viktor Fasth stopped 21 shots.
After a nine-game stretch in which they went 8-0-1, the Ducks have lost three in a row.
Perry and Carolina’s Riley Nash had scored earlier in the shootout, but Terry won it when he skated quickly and made a move before going to his backhand for the goal.
CANADIENS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, SO
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—David Desharnais scored the only goal in the shootout and Peter Budaj stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker to lead Montreal past Columbus.
Montreal’s regulation goals came from Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. Budaj registering 23 stops through overtime.
R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov had first-period goals for the Blue Jackets. Curtis McElhinney made 38 saves.
The game pitted teams that have been struggling. The Canadiens had lost five of six (1-3-2), and the Blue Jackets have now dropped eight of nine (1-6-2).
JETS 3, FLYERS 2, SO
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP)—Dustin Byfuglien had two power-play goals and Bryan Little scored the winner in the shootout to give Winnipeg a victory against Philadelphia.
The Jets extended their winning streak to four games and ended Philadelphia’s at three. Devin Setoguchi scored in the first round of the shootout for Winnipeg.
Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds had goals for the Flyers. Claude Giroux scored in the second round of the shootout.
Byfuglien scored during a power-play 5:36 in for Winnipeg’s seventh man-advantage goal this season.
SHARKS 3, OILERS 1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, and Joe Thornton helped set up two goals as the San Jose Sharks beat Edmonton to stretch their winning streak to three games and extend the Oilers’ skid to five.
Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks (13-2-5), who moved one point behind Pacific Division-leading Anaheim. San Jose has one game remaining on a five-game trip, Sunday at Chicago.
Nail Yakupov had the lone goal for the Oilers (4-15-2), who are 1-9-1 in their last 11 games. Edmonton has been outscored 23-3 in its last six home contests—all losses.
The Oilers, 1-7 at home this season, fell behind Buffalo and into last place in the NHL standings.