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NHL ROUNDUP \ Thursday's games



Published: Fri, October 27, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sabres 3, Islanders 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Maxim Afinogenov pumped in a goal and assist and Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots, as Buffalo won its 10th straight game to match the best start in NHL history. Afinogenov set up Ales Kotalik's first-period goal and scored one in the second. Miller did the rest for the Sabres, who tied the 1993-94 Maple Leafs -- the only other NHL team to jump out 10-0. The Sabres can break the record at home against Atlanta Saturday.

Flyers 3, Thrashers 2, SO

PHILADELPHIA -- Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne each scored in a shootout, lifting Philadelphia over Atlanta, making Flyers coach John Stevens a winner in his NHL coaching debut. After Johan Hedberg had 29 saves in regulation and overtime for the Thrashers, he was pulled for Kari Lehtonen. The Flyers jumped all over the goalie change, with Gagne and Forsberg scoring on the Flyers' first two shots. Vyacheslav Kozlov had the only shootout goal for Atlanta on its first shot. No one else could slip one past steady Antero Niittymaki, who had 27 saves. Luc Robitaille and Forsberg scored in regulation for Philadelphia. Bobby Holik and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Thrashers.

Devils 2, Panthers 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur tied Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for fourth place on the NHL shutout list with 82 and the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak. Zach Parise and Patrik Elias scored power-play goals to support Brodeur's 29-save effort.

Canadiens 3, Bruins 2

BOSTON -- Andrei Markov scored the tiebreaking goal with 1.2 seconds remaining, giving Montreal a victory over Boston and prompting a shower of garbage from the Bruins fans that convinced the officials to wave off the final two ticks of the clock. Cristobal Huet stopped 34 shots for Montreal, which has won eight of nine against its longtime rival, including the last six in a row. Michael Ryder and Chris Higgins also scored for the Canadiens. Zdeno Chara and Phil Kessel scored for Boston.

Senators 7, Maple Leafs 2

OTTAWA -- Dany Heatley extended his goals streak to four games with his fourth career hat trick and Jason Spezza and Joe Corvo each had five points, leading the Senators over the Maple Leafs. Heatley, who became Ottawa's first 50-goal scorer last season, got his first goal of the game early in the second as the Senators scored twice within 17 seconds to take a 3-0 lead. He scored two goals 1:17 apart late in the second, both set up by Spezza and Corvo, to help Ottawa extend its lead to 6-2.

Lightning 5, Hurricanes 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis broke his own team record for the three fastest goals, completing a hat trick in a 6:17 span of the second period in the Lightning's win over the Hurricanes. St. Louis also set the previous mark against the Hurricanes, scoring three times in a 9:43 stretch of the first period in a 5-4 victory Jan. 15, 2004. Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning, who have won four of five. Marc Denis made 23 saves.

Predators 4, Sharks 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Scott Hartnell scored two goals to help Nashville beat San Jose. San Jose's Mark Bell added to the league-leading power play of the Sharks with the first goal of the game at 11:21 as he put the puck in from close in front of the net.

Associated Press

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