Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist in a big first period to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice while Eric Gryba and Guillaume Latendresse each had goals for the Senators, who have won four of their last five. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots in the win. Tyler Johnson scored twice and Teddy Purcell also had a goal for the Lightning, who have lost their past two games. Mathieu Garon didn't make it out of the first period as he gave up three goals on 11 shots while Cedrick Desjardins was charged with just one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way.
Final Score: Minnesota 2, San Jose 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom stopped 33 shots to notch his first shutout of the season, as the Minnesota Wild blanked the San Jose Sharks, 2-0, on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon each scored once, with Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter adding a pair of helpers apiece to help the Wild extend their season-high winning streak to five games. Antti Niemi allowed both goals on 24 shots for the Sharks, who have lost three of four on a five-game road trip that wraps up Monday in Anaheim.
Final Score: Vancouver 1, Los Angeles 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Cory Schneider made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season to lead the Vancouver Canucks in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Mason Raymond had the only goal of the contest for the Canucks, who have won three straight. Jonathan Quick stopped 12 shots for the Kings, who have lost their past two games, both by shutouts.
Final Score: Toronto 3, Boston 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Frazer McLaren all scored goals and Toronto held off a late Boston comeback effort to earn a 3-2 decision at the Air Canada Centre, the Maple Leafs' first win over the rival Bruins in nearly two full years. James Reimer came up with 31 saves to help Toronto halt a string of eight straight regulation losses to the Bruins since a 4-3 shootout triumph at TD Garden on Mar. 31, 2011, despite the Leafs being outshot by a 33-13 margin by their fellow Northeast Division inhabitants. Boston trailed 3-0 before getting third-period goals from Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference, the last coming with 1:16 remaining, but couldn't overcome the sizeable deficit and was dealt its third loss in its last four outings. Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin stopped only 8-of-11 shots before being pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask early in the third period.
Final Score: Buffalo 2, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller posted 38 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres take a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thomas Vanek scored both goals in the win for the Sabres, who have ripped off three straight wins for just the second time this season. Michael Ryder scored the lone goal while Carey Price made 16 saves for the Canadiens, who had won six of seven coming into the contest. The loss saw Montreal fail in its bid to close the gap with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference as the Canadiens remain three points back. However, Montreal's next contest will come in Pittsburgh as the two top squads faceoff on Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Center.
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Florida 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - David Clarkson's second-period marker proved to be the difference, as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Florida Panthers, 2-1, on Saturday at Prudential Center. Patrik Elias also lit the lamp, while Travis Zajac assisted on both New Jersey goals to help the Devils register their second straight victory. Martin Brodeur stopped 17-of-18 shots to notch his 666th career victory. Peter Mueller netted the lone Florida goal, while Scott Clemmensen gave up both goals on 25 shots for the Panthers, who saw their two-game win streak come to an end.
Final Score: Dallas 5, Colorado 2
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Derek Roy, Eric Nystrom and Jaromir Jagr each registered a goal and an assist to help the Dallas Stars exact some revenge against the Colorado Avalanche with a 5-2 win on Saturday at American Airlines Center. Cody Eakin and Jordie Benn also lit the lamp for the Stars, who have won two straight since Wednesday's 4-3 setback in Colorado. Jamie Benn recorded a trio of helpers, while Kari Lehtonen posted 33 saves in the victory. Paul Stastny and PA Parenteau each scored once for the Avalanche, who have lost nine straight on the road. Semyon Varlamov allowed four goals on just 15 shots before being removed in the second period. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 15-of-16 shots in relief.
Final Score: Nashville 5, Columbus 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Taylor Beck had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Shea Weber, David Legwand, Matt Halischuk and Roman Josi each had a goal for the Predators, who have won their past two after dropping four straight. Pekka Rinne made 21 stops in the victory. Artem Anisimov and R.J. Umberger each had a goal for the Blue Jackets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and had recorded a point in a franchise- record 12 straight contests heading into the game. Sergei Bobrovsky had a rough game for Columbus, as he gave up four goals on 11 shots before being pulled halfway through the first period. Steven Mason stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief.
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Edmonton 0
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jaraslov Halak posted his third shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, on Saturday. Halak stopped 19 shots en route to his third-career shutout against the Oilers. Alexander Steen scored once and also had an assist, while Chris Stewart and T.J. Oshie added one goal apiece for the Blues, winners in four of their last five. Nikolai Khabibulin made 22 saves, but allowed all three goals for Edmonton, which has been shutout in three of its last eight games.