Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Bailey scored with 1:40 remaining in the third period to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center. Frans Nielsen registered a goal and two assists for the Islanders, who won for just the second time in their last seven games. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 39 Pittsburgh shots, including 19 in the second period. One-goal games have been the norm for New York this season. Nine of its first 10 games have been decided by the slimmest of margins. Jeff Zatkoff, making his second NHL start, allowed four goals on 25 shots for Pittsburgh, which has lost consecutive games for the first time this year. The Penguins were shut out by the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Monday.
Final Score: Columbus 5, Toronto 2
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Marian Gaborik netted the go-ahead score in a four-goal third period, as Columbus took down Toronto, 5-2, at Nationwide Arena. Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno also hit the back of the net in the crucial frame for the Blue Jackets, who have won three in a row for the first time in the young season. Ryan Murray added his first career goal and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots for the victory. Phil Kessel and Dave Bolland tallied for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped three of four. Jonathan Bernier allowed four scores on 35 shots.
Final Score: Anaheim 2, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Frederik Andersen stopped 26-of-27 shots in his first career start and Ryan Getzlaf notched a goal and an assist, as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, on Friday at Canadian Tire Centre. The 24-year-old Andersen, who agreed to a two-year contract with the Ducks prior to the game, appeared in just one other game this season when he came on in relief of starter Jonas Hiller and turned away all 24 shots he faced in an eventual 6-3 win over Dallas on Oct. 20. Patrick Maroon potted Anaheim's other goal and Cory Perry finished with a pair of helpers for the Ducks, who had dropped their first two games on their current eight-game road trip. Mike Zibanejad scored the lone Ottawa goal, while Craig Anderson allowed both goals on 28 shots for the Senators, who had won three of their last four games since an Oct. 13 loss in Anaheim that saw the Ducks rack up 56 shots on goal.
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson scored late in the third period to send Buffalo past Florida, 3-1, on Friday. Rasmus Ristolainen supplied a second-period marker and Jhonas Enroth tied a career best with 44 saves for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in 12 outings this season (2-9-1). Jesse Winchester provided the sole offense for the Panthers, who received 18 stops from Jacob Markstrom in their fifth loss in six contests.
Final Score: Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Kesler scored his second goal with 14.7 seconds left in overtime as the Vancouver Canucks wrapped up their successful road trip with a 3-2 win over a St. Louis team that was well rested. Vancouver's Daniel Sedin drew a hooking penalty on Patrik Berglund with 34 seconds remaining in the extra session. Sedin then sent a fluttering puck from the slot towards Jaroslav Halak, but Kesler, who was planted on the doorstep, knocked down the shot and beat the Blues goaltender on the backhand from the crease. Chris Higgins scored the other goal for Vancouver, which finished 5-1-1 on its season-high trek. Eddie Lack made 22 saves in his third NHL start. Halak stopped 18 shots for the Blues, who had been idle since a 4-3 shootout loss at Winnipeg last Friday. St. Louis fell to 1-1-2 after starting the season with four straight wins.
Final Score: Colorado 4, Carolina 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Duchene potted a pair of goals and added an assist, as the Colorado Avalanche continued their best start to a season in franchise history with a 4-2 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at Pepsi Center. Alex Tanguay tallied a goal and an assist, while Erik Johnson also lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who have won nine of their first 10 games to match their best start in franchise history set by the Quebec Nordiques during the 1994-95 campaign. Semyon Varlamov stopped 28-of-30 shots to backstop the victory. Andrej Sekera notched a goal and an assist, while Colorado native Drayson Bowman scored the other goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost two straight and five of their last seven games. Justin Peters allowed all four goals on 34 shots in defeat.