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15-game Saturday schedule produces more memorable moments

by Brian Compton
It was another pulsating Saturday in the NHL, as all 30 teams were in action on a night that saw five games go past regulation.

Mike Cammalleri had a night to remember in Montreal, where he tallied his first hat trick as a member of the Canadiens to lead the Habs to a 5-4 overtime victory over the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. Cammalleri, who signed with the Canadiens as a free agent in July, scored the game-winner at 2:42 of the extra session.

"It's a special night," he said after his team won the Original Six matchup. "It's early in my career with Montreal and it was a Saturday night -- I won't underplay that."

The game on Long Island also required overtime after the New York Islanders surrendered yet another third-period yet en route to a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Brooks Laich got the game-winner 60 seconds into OT as he redirected an absolutely gorgeous feed from Mike Green. The Isles went up 2-0 on Jeff Tambellini's goal at 3:44 of the third period, but failed to hang on.

"On the ice, you can see they were showing a little fatigue in their faces," Laich said of the Islanders. "They looked a little bit tired, and we were pouring it on. We just wanted to keep going. It was about us and the way we played. I thought our guys showed a lot of resiliency to come back to tie it. A lot of guys stepped up tonight. Sometimes you need that on a greasy road win."

In Ottawa, Patrice Bergeron scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against the Senators. Boston trailed 3-1 with less than 90 seconds left in regulation, but Mark Recchi and David Krejci scored 1:06 apart to send the game to overtime.

"I thought we were going to lose once we were down 3-1 with two minutes left," Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said. "You never give, but I don't think anybody in the building expected that."

Especially the Sens.

"They had no business winning that game," captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "They get one goal and then get a little bit lucky. We failed to clear and (Anton) Volchenkov loses his stick and they score."

Rookie defenseman Tyler Myers was the hero in Tampa Bay, as he scored the lone goal in the shootout in the Buffalo Sabres' 3-2 win. After Drew Stafford tied the game with 16.1 seconds left in regulation, Myers, a 6-foot-8 defenseman, certainly proved that he has the potential to be much more than a big body in the Sabres' end of the ice by scoring the winner in the sixth round.

"I guess the coaches felt something," said Myers, who was Buffalo's first-round draft choice in 2008. "I'm happy I backed them up on it."

Minnesota gave its find a reason to smile when Cal Clutterbuck scored at 1:55 of overtime to lift the Wild to a dramatic 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Xcel Energy Center. The 'Canes were trailing 2-1 before Joni Pitkanen beat Niklas Backstrom 7:35 into the third period.

But Clutterbuck, who returned after missing five games with a sprained ankle that was supposed to keep him out a lot longer, gave up his body to get the winner.

"The puck hit me in the face off the post. Then it dropped down in the slot and I managed to find it," Clutterbuck said. "I just waved at it and it went in. Pretty lucky, actually."

The Colorado Avalanche continued to prove they are for real by beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 at the Pepsi Center. Craig Anderson, who signed as a free agent in July in search of more playing time, made 48 saves to help Colorado improve to 8-1-2.

"Outstanding," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said of his goaltender, who's started all 11 games for the vastly improved Avs. "He was very solid all game and gave us a chance to win."

Cristobal Huet made his case for more playing time in the Windy City as he stopped all 27 shots he faced in the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Huet entered the game with a 3.25 goals-against average, an .844 save percentage -- and the memory of the boos he heard after a 4-3 home loss to Dallas last Saturday.

"I think it was good for me to regroup myself a little bit," Huet said. "I think I was more aggressive, more desperate. I saw the puck pretty well. I have to keep doing that the rest of the season."

Speaking of shutouts, Martin Brodeur nearly added to his collection before Alex Goligoski scored midway through the third period in the New Jersey Devils' 4-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena. Brodeur, who now has 563 wins, will tie Terry Sawchuk (103) for the most shutouts in history with his next one.

He downplayed losing the chance to tie Sawchuk.

"It's all about winning," Brodeur said. "We're going to go through this [discussion about the shutouts record] a lot as we go through games. It will be close a lot where hopefully it's going to happen, but it will happen eventually. That's my attitude about it. I'm just happy because this was a big win for us."

""The desperation is there.We sensed it was within reach tonight and it was right there. If we have a consistent effort like that and continuing on this road trip we're definitely get a couple of wins."
-- Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek

The Battle of Alberta resumed in Calgary and the Flames did not disappoint their hometown fans in a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Pengrowth Saddledome. Nigel Dawes scored twice for the Flames, while Rene Bourque continued his hot start with a goal and two assists.

The third loss in as many games to their provincial rivals left Oilers coach Pat Quinn frustrated with his team's play.

"Once they had little a lead, we reverted to solo play, and we abandoned the game plan," Quinn said. "We had a lot of guys cheating to get some offense, but you don't get it when you cheat."

There was a scary moment in Philadelphia as Florida Panthers forward David Booth was taken off the ice at Wachovia Center on a stretcher following a check from Mike Richards. Booth was carrying the puck across the Flyers' blue line when a backchecking Richards drilled Booth in the head with his shoulder. Booth flipped over backwards and landed awkwardly on his head and neck. He appeared to lose consciousness either on the hit or when he landed on the ice. He also suffered a cut above his eye.

After being taken to a local hospital, Booth had feelings in all of his extremities. The Flyers won the game, 5-1.

"I was just trying to backcheck through the middle like we're supposed to do and put pressure from behind," Richards said. "I saw him cutting with the puck through the middle. He dished it off; I just tried to separate him from the puck, tried to go shoulder on shoulder. It happened too quickly."

Panthers GM Randy Sexton saw it differently.

"I do believe the League will act appropriately," Sexton said. "There's been a lot of discussion about taking out those type of hits, especially to the head. I have full confidence that after the League has a chance to review it they'll take appropriate action."

In other action, the Toronto Maple Leafs remain the only winless team in the League following a 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place. The Leafs did their best to erase a 2-1 deficit in the third period but came up short despite outshooting the Canucks 10-3. Toronto is now 0-7-1, the worst start in franchise history.

"The desperation is there," Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek said. "We sensed it was within reach tonight and it was right there. If we have a consistent effort like that and continuing on this road trip we're definitely get a couple of wins."

In Atlanta, Patrick Marleau scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 win against the Thrashers. Atlanta lost star forward Ilya Kovalchuk in the first period after he took a shot in the foot.

"He's going to the doctor, probably Monday morning, have it scanned and X-rayed to figure out what it is," Thrashers coach John Anderson said.

Not lost in the shuffle was the goaltending display Marty Turco put on in St. Louis, as he made 27 saves in the Dallas Stars' 4-1 win over the Blues. Turco kept St. Louis scoreless until Alex Pietrangelo notched his first NHL goal with 3:50 remaining.

"It was the best I've felt all year," Turco said. "There were opportunities to see a lot of puck's. I got fortunate on a few missed shots or rebounds or tips."

The Los Angeles Kings got some payback for an opening-night loss Phoenix by beating the Coyotes 5-3 at Arena, ending the Coyotes' four-game winning streak. Jarrett Stoll scored his first two goals of the season for the Kings.

"Very timely goals," said Stoll, whose second goal broke a 3-3 tie early in the third period. "That was the story of the game."

Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned a 6-4 victory against the Ducks in Anaheim thanks to Fedor Tyutin's blast from the point with 3:22 remaining, Columbus is now 6-3-0, the best start in franchise history.

"It's early in the season and guys are learning," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I thought we really stayed with it tonight, and I liked a lot of things we did. We looked more like the team we needed to be to win on the road."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

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