Senators remain undefeated
Pittsburgh The Ottawa Senators will eventually lose their first game of the season. Jani Hurme made sure that the Pittsburgh Penguins would not be the first team to beat them.
Hurme made 31 saves and Radek Bonk scored one goal and set up another in the second period as the Senators remained undefeated by holding on to beat the Penguins, 3-2, Wednesday night.
The Senators (5-0-3) are the last team without a loss in the Eastern Conference. After losing leads in their last two games, the Senators withstood Pittsburgh's 16-shot, two-goal attack in the third period.
Hurme keyed that as he continued to substitute for the injured Patrick Lalime. Lalime, who leads the NHL in save percentage, is out with a knee injury.
"That might have been one of (Hurme's) better performances since he was thrown in," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "I thought he was strong."
Said Bonk, "We didn't give up many scoring chances in the first two periods and when we did, he made some big saves."
Jaromir Jagr scored his eighth goal of the season for Pittsburgh but failed to score on two breakaways.
On the first, Hurme stuck out his left leg and blocked Jagr's shot. That happened midway through the first period with the game still scoreless. Hurme said the key was holding his position for as long as possible.
"I knew if I started moving, he'd be able to do something because he has so much skill," he said.
"He was too quick," Jagr said. "He had the pad there. I tried to lift it and I couldn't."
The second breakaway came with Pittsburgh shorthanded and trailing 2-0 in the second. Jagr's shot grazed the crossbar and sailed over the glass.
The Senators were leading 1-0 at 9:31 of the second period when Magnus Arvedson bumped Martin Straka off the puck, then centered to Bonk, who beat Garth Snow for his fourth goal.
Canucks 6, Stars 2
Dallas Brendan Morrison, Denis Pederson and Bryan Helmer scored second-period goals over a span of four minutes and 34 seconds.
Devils 2, Panthers 1
Sunrise, Fla. Patrick Elias scored with 1:33 remaining to lead New Jersey over Florida. With traffic in front of the net, Elias put the puck past Roberto Luongo after it hit Florida's Jaroslav Spacek.
Thrashers 3, Oilers 1
Edmonton, Alberta Damian Rhodes made 27 saves as Atlanta beat Edmonton for its first win of the season. The victory for the Thrashers (1-3-3) left Florida (0-3-2-2) as the only winless team in the league.
Kings 6, Mighty Ducks 2
Los Angeles Bryan Smolinski scored the go-ahead goal to start a three-goal outburst in the second period.
Avalanche 2, Predators 1, OT
Denver Peter Forsberg scored a power-play goal in overtime after Chris Drury tied it in the final two minutes as Colorado extended its unbeaten streak to nine games.
Sabres 4, Hurricanes 1
Buffalo, N.Y. Erik Rasmussen had a goal and an assist, and Dominik Hasek earned his first victory of the season as Buffalo beat Carolina. Rob Ray, Chris Gratton and J.P. Dumont also scored for the Sabres.
Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus, Ohio Gary Suter celebrated his 1,000th NHL game with a goal as San Jose won its fourth straight. Columbus, playing the middle game of a three-game homestand, remained winless at Nationwide Arena (0-4-1) and lost its sixth in a row overall.
Maple Leafs 6, Wild 1
Toronto Gary Roberts, playing his 800th NHL game, scored twice and added an assist as Toronto won its third straight since Roberts joined Mats Sundin on the top line.
Red Wings 5, Lightning 1
Detroit Brendan Shanahan scored twice and Chris Osgood made 25 saves as Detroit won its third straight.