Thursday's other games
Oilers 3, Bruins 0
BOSTON -- Edmonton's Cristobal Huet made 28 saves for his second consecutive shutout over Boston and his fourth of the season, beating the undermanned Bruins. Boston was without Sergei Samsonov, who was sent to the Edmonton Oilers before the game at the NHL trading deadline for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and a second-round draft pick. That left the Bruins, already struggling for offense, without much of an attack. Alex Kovalev and Sheldon Souray scored and Tomas Plekanec added an empty-netter with 25 seconds left for Montreal, which won for the fourth time in six games. The Canadiens have beaten Boston four times in five tries this season, and Kovalev and Souray have combined for 11 points against the Bruins. Tim Thomas made 38 saves for Boston, which has one win in six games.
Sabres 8, Lightning 5
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Derek Roy recorded his second-career hat trick, J.P. Dumont had two goals, and Thomas Vanek snapped a third-period tie to help Buffalo beat Tampa Bay. Paul Gaustad and Ales Kotalik also scored for the Sabres, who won their fourth straight. Henrik Tallinder and Mike Grier each had three assists, and Roy set up another goal for Buffalo, which swept the four-game season series. The Sabres held the lead five times in the wide-open game and had 14 players register at least a point. Brad Richards had a goal and three assists, and Ruslan Fedotenko, Vincent Lecavalier, Vaclav Prospal, and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina had three assists.
Red Wings 7, Kings 3
DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg scored his 30th and 31st goals less than a minute apart in the second period for the host Red Wings. Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom each added a goal and two assists, and Jason Williams and Robert Lang had a goal and an assist each for Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk also scored. Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, and Dustin Brown and Mike Cammalleri got the other Kings goals. Zetterberg's first goal in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie. Just 52 seconds later, he made it 4-2.
Avalanche 2, Blackhawks 1
CHICAGO -- Peter Budaj made 26 saves, and Pierre Turgeon and Antti Laaksonen scored to lead Colorado. Budaj was especially sharp late in the second period and early in the third, stopping several Blackhawks, including Kyle Calder and Patrick Sharp, on close-in chances. Curtis Brown scored for Chicago, which has lost six of eight. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 22 shots in his return after missing 12 games with a sprained left knee.
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