Phoenix Phoenix Coyotes goalie Sean Burke figured he didn't have any margin for error against the Stanley Cup champions, not with the Colorado Avalanche having yielded just two goals in their last two games.
So Burke played flawlessly and had 29 saves, including one on a penalty shot, for his 27th career shutout as the Coyotes beat the Avalanche, 1-0.
Krystofer Kolanos scored 3:14 into the third period for the game's only goal.
"That's a great team over there," Burke said. "We knew coming in that was going to be a huge test for us. We knew we weren't going to blow them out or run and gun with them."
Patrick Roy, sidelined the previous two games with a sore hip, stopped 22 shots in the loss as he failed to win his 200th game as a member of the Avalanche.
Kolanos got the puck from Trevor Letowski behind the net and fired a shot toward the crease. Brad May tipped the shot at Roy, who made the save, but Kolanos got the rebound and the puck nicked off Roy into the net.
"I was trying to bring the puck back," Roy said. "I didn't want to leave it on the side of the net. Somehow, the puck came out and I lost sight of it. The next thing I know, it banged off my leg and went in."
Colorado's Greg de Vries missed a penalty shot 56 seconds into the third period when bounced a shot off the right post. De Vries was awarded the shot when he was tripped by Danny Markov on a break. Markov had just broken and discarded his stick
"Sometimes you get caught with your pants down," Coyotes coach Bob Francis said. "He (Markov) did what he had to do. It was a questionable call."
Colorado coach Bob Hartley was impressed by Burke.
"It was a good game," Hartley said. "We played very well defensively. We didn't generate enough quality shots to beat Burke. Burke was on his game today. He came up with big saves."
Thrashers 4, Lightning 3
Atlanta Tony Hrkac scored with 5:03 left in the game to give Atlanta its second straight victory. Hrkac took a feed from Shean Donavan and beat sprawling Tampa Bay goalie Kevin Weekes from just in front of net. Weekes had left the net to field the puck along the boards, but Donavan took it from him before making his pass.
Ilya Kovalchuk added his second goal in as many games for the Thrashers, who won their second in a row at Philips Arena. Hnat Domenichelli and Jiri Slegr also scored for Atlanta.
Senators 4, Blues 1
Ottawa Daniel Alfredsson scored three goals and added an assist as Ottawa beat St. Louis. Alfredsson registered his third career hat trick by scoring three times in the third period as the Senators won their second consecutive game.
Magnus Arvedson added a goal and an assist, and Jani Hurme stopped 25 shots for Ottawa.
The victory was the first at home this season for Ottawa (5-6-1-0), which snapped a franchise-worst start on home ice after going 0-3-1 in four previous games.
Ottawa native Mike Eastwood had the lone goal for St. Louis, which lost for just the second time in seven games.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 0
Toronto Curtis Joseph made 23 saves for his second straight shutout and Mats Sundin scored twice as Toronto beat Pittsburgh. Jonas Hoglund had two assists for the Maple Leafs, who last played the Penguins on Dec. 27, the day Lemieux began his second comeback. The Penguins lost their first game under new coach Rick Kehoe. Pittsburgh had been 4-0-0-1 since Kehoe replaced the fired Ivan Hlinka on Oct 15.
Flyers 5, Canadiens 1
Montreal Kim Johnsson and Jan Hlavac scored early in the first period, leading Philadelphia over Montreal. Johnsson beat goalie Mathieu Garon on the first shot of the game and Hlavac put the Flyers up 2-0 at 5:39 as Philadelphia held an 8-1 edge in shots. Mark Recchi, Ruslan Fedotenko and Marty Murray also scored for the Flyers, who rebounded from a 7-2 home loss to Ottawa on Thursday to win for the second time in three games.
Red Wings 1, Predators 0
Nashville, Tenn. Detroit goaltenders Manny Legace and Dominik Hasek combined for a 1-0 shutout and Steve Duchense scored his first goal of the season. Legace started the game, but left at the 14:18 mark of the second period after Nashville's Kimmo Timonen fell on him while he was sprawled on the ice in front of goal. The collision was a chain reaction as Nashville's Scott Walker pushed Detroit's Fredrik Olausson who knocked Timonen off of his skates. Legace had stopped all 15 shots he had faced before being replaced.
Devils 3, Sabres 1
East Rutherford, N.J. Petr Sykora scored a power-play goal with 3:59 to play and New Jersey defeated Buffalo despite taking a team record-low 11 shots. Bobby Holik added an empty-net goal with 58.2 seconds to play and Jason Arnott had the other on a power play in helping the Devils win their fourth straight game. J.P. Dumont scored on a breakaway for Buffalo, but that was the only one of 21 shots that eluded Martin Brodeur. The Devils' previous low for shots in a game was 12 in a 3-1 loss to Winnipeg on Oct. 22, 1982, the first year the team played in New Jersey after moving to Colorado.
Rangers 2, Bruins 1, OT
Boston Theo Fleury tipped in Brian Leetch's pass with 24.2 seconds left in overtime to give New York a victory over Boston. It was the Bruins' first loss at home this season. Mike Richter made 45 saves several of them spectacular as the Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak. Leetch took the puck out of the corner to the left of the goal and centered it on net, where Fleury deflected it slightly inside the far post.
Flames 4, Wild 2
Calgary, Alberta Calgary's Jarome Iginla celebrated his 400th NHL game with a goal and an assist in the Flames' win over Minnesota. With the score tied at 1 in the second period, Iginla scored his eighth goal of the season on a power play that put the Flames ahead to stay. Dwayne Roloson stopped Dean McAmmond's shot from the slot but couldn't find the rebound as it trickled behind him.