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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Rookie Steven Stamkos scored his first two NHL goals and added an assist, and Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Jussi Jokinen, Ryan Malone and Paul Ranger also scored for the Lightning, who have won for the third time in their past four games after starting the season with five losses.

Tampa Bay also snapped a five-game losing streak against Buffalo.

Clarke MacArthur and Thomas Vanek scored for the slumping Sabres, who have dropped three straight, including one in a shootout. Buffalo began the season with eight consecutive games without a regulation loss.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Francis Bouillon and Andrei Markov each scored for Montreal and the Canadiens killed off 10 Minnesota power plays.

Alex Tanguay assisted on both Montreal goals and Carey Price made 28 saves for the Canadiens. Before losing the night before in Dallas, Minnesota had been the last NHL team without a loss in regulation to start the 2008-09 season.

Montreal, meanwhile, improved to 7-1-1 and won its second straight.

Heading into the game, Minnesota owned the league's best penalty kill and third-best power play. But the Canadiens made the Wild look inept on the man advantage - Minnesota tied its franchise worst with the 10 blown opportunities.

DENVER (AP) - Fredrik Norrena had 30 saves, Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist and Columbus got a rare win in Colorado.

Derick Brassard, Andrew Murray and Jan Hejda had a goal and Norrena earned his first win of the season for the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Paul Stastny and Tyler Arnason scored power-play goals for the Avalanche, who lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak. Andrew Raycroft, who finished with 10 saves, gave up four goals in his first 13 shots before being pulled in favor of Peter Budaj to start the third period.

Since joining the NHL at the start of the 2000-01 season, the Blue Jackets are 2-13-0 in Denver. Before Thursday, Columbus' only victory in Colorado was a 3-0 win on Dec. 5, 2006.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carolina goalie Cam Ward stopped 19 shots and Tuomo Ruutu scored in the third period, helping the Hurricanes to a 1-0 victory Thursday over the St. Louis Blues.

On the power play, Ruutu deflected a slap shot by Eric Staal from just inside the left circle for the only goal at 9:41. The puck trickled through the pads of goalie Chris Mason, who was playing for the first time since he had emergency appendectomy surgery Oct. 16.

Carolina took advantage while Paul Kariya was off the ice for a hooking penalty. It was the seventh power-play opportunity for the Hurricanes.

The Blues entered the game with the top-ranked power-play in the NHL but St. Louis had just three chances, including two in the third period.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Dion Phaneuf scored the tying goal then set up Mike Cammalleri's go-ahead goal to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night for its fifth consecutive victory.

Phaneuf's power-play goal at 2:29 of the second period ended Tim Thomas' shutout streak at 152 minutes and 14 seconds.

Boston entered the game ranked 29th in penalty killing, but had killed off most of the penalty when Jarome Iginla's cross-ice pass intended for Todd Bertuzzi deflected off a stick into the slot where it was slapped in by Phaneuf.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jeff Carter scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, and Philadelphia edged New York for their fourth straight win.

Carter hammered in a rebound from the front of the left circle on a power play with 24 seconds left in the extra session. Mike Richards took the initial shot.

Mike Knuble also scored and Martin Biron made 34 saves for the Flyers, who have rebounded from a 0-3-2 start.

Bill Guerin and Andy Hilbert scored for the Islanders, who have dropped five straight games and six of their past seven.

NEW YORK (AP) - Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and assist in the third period, and New York fought off slumping Atlanta.

Zherdev gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal early in the third period and then helped set up Dan Girardi's winner with 6:27 left to give New York its fourth straight win. Markus Naslund also scored for the Rangers, who have won 10 of 13 (10-2-1).

Kari Lehtonen bounced back from a 7-0 home loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday in which he allowed all the goals on 31 shots. He finished with 30 saves, but the Thrashers (2-6-2) dropped their fourth consecutive in regulation and fifth overall (0-4-1).

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shea Weber had a goal and assist and Patric Hornqvist and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville.

Sheldon Souray scored for Edmonton.

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, making his second start, won his first game of the season. He made 27 saves.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Dany Heatley and Chris Kelly scored third-period goals to help Ottawa rally.

The victory was Ottawa's second in a row following a four-game losing streak. Florida beat the Senators 3-1 at Ottawa on Oct. 22.

Keith Ballard scored for Florida, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Panthers were shut out 4-0 at St. Louis on Saturday.

Alex Auld, who played for Florida in 2006-07, made 25 saves for Ottawa. He was making his fourth consecutive start in place of the injured Martin Gerber. Tomas Vokoun stopped 29 shots for Florida.

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