Sabres 2, Lightning 1, OT


Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give Buffalo a victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay. Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle to give the Sabres their second straight victory over the Lightning. Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots. Cory Conacher scored for Tampa Bay, and Vasilevskiy made 32 saves. With a point in the standings for the overtime loss, the Lightning became the first team to reach 90 points this season. “We’ll take the points where we can get them, but we didn’t really deserve the two points tonight,” Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Girardi said. “We had good spots in the game but against a team that’s not in the playoffs and [if] we want to stay atop our division and the league we need the same effort we had against Toronto [on Monday] with the emotion and desperation and it just wasn’t there tonight.” With NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov out with an undisclosed upper-body injury, the Lightning struggled to generate offensive chances.

Canadiens 3, Islanders 1


Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Scherbak scored in the second period and Montreal beat New York to extend its points streak to five games. Paul Byron also scored and Antti Niemi made 27 saves to help the Canadiens improve to 2-0-3 in their last five. Mathew Barzal scored his 18th of the season for the Islanders. They are winless in last four games and 4-8-2 in their last 14.

Blues 2, Red Wings 1


Carter Hutton made 35 saves, Scottie Upshall and Alex Pietrangelo scored and St. Louis beat Detroit to snap a seven-game losing streak. Hutton improved to 6-2-1 in his last nine starts and 16-7-2 overall, allowing only Andreas Athanasiou’s goal with 1:45 left.

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