Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Ott scored and had an assist to lead Buffalo to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ted Nolan's return as head coach of the Sabres. Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier were fired on Tuesday, and were replaced by Nolan and Pat LaFontaine, who was named president of hockey operations. LaFontaine, who starred for six seasons with the Sabres from 1991-92 until 1996-97, will be tasked with hiring a new GM. Nolan, meanwhile, becomes the Sabres' bench boss for the second time. He previously served as head coach from 1995-1997. Marcus Foligno and Christian Ehrhoff also scored and Ryan Miller made 32 saves for Buffalo, which has won two straight for the first time this season. Trevor Smith added a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped three straight and four of their last five games overall. These clubs meet in the back end of the home-and-home set in Toronto on Saturday.
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 0
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight King broke a scoreless deadlock with just under seven minutes remaining and Ben Scrivens posted a 26-save shutout to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday at Prudential Center. Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams each picked up an assist on King's sixth goal of the season, while Anze Kopitar added a late empty-netter to help the Kings claim their fourth win in their last five games. Cory Schneider stopped 19-of-20 shots in defeat for the Devils, who had won three of their last four games coming into the tilt. The last time these teams met came in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, which the Kings won in six games.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Nashville 1
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Sutter and James Neal each posted a goal and one assist in Pittsburgh's 4-1 triumph over Nashville at CONSOL Energy Center. Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang added scores, while Evgeni Malkin picked up two helpers for the Penguins, who put a three-game losing streak to rest. Marc-Andre Fleury claimed the victory thanks to 17 saves. Gabriel Bourque registered the lone offense for the Predators, who dropped four in a row to complete a 2-4-1 road trip. Marek Mazanec allowed four goals on 25 shots through two periods. Carter Hutton finished with eight stops in the third.
Final Score: Carolina 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Terry scored in the final round of the shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes took a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. After Ryan Getzlaf rang a shot off the right post, Terry skated in on net and faked to the backhand before lifting the puck high over Viktor Fasth for the win. Drayson Bowman and Eric Staal scored in regulation for the Hurricanes, who went 4-0-1 on a five-game homestand. Justin Peters stopped 28 shots in the win. Corey Perry and Dustin Penner scored for the Ducks, who have dropped the first three games of their four-game road trip. Fasth made 21 stops in the loss.
Final Score: Montreal 3, Columbus 2 (SO)
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - David Desharnais scored the lone shootout goal as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 at Nationwide Arena. Desharnais, a recent healthy scratch, snapped a shot between the pads of Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney. The diminutive forward has yet to score in regulation or overtime in 18 games this season. Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller had the goals for Montreal, which rallied from a two-goal deficit to post just its second win in November (2-3-2). Peter Budaj stopped 23 shots before turning away Columbus' trio of Mark Letestu, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Johansen in the tiebreaker. McElhinney made 38 saves for the slumping Blue Jackets, who have dropped eight of their last nine games (1-5-3). Columbus announced earlier Friday that forward Marian Gaborik will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a sprained knee.
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Boston 2
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Spezza tied the game early in the third and then assisted on Jared Cowen's go-ahead tally just over four minutes later, as the Ottawa Senators scored four unanswered goals to rally for a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday at Canadian Tire Centre. Chris Neil got Ottawa on the board late in the first before Spezza, Cowen and Bobby Ryan each lit the lamp in the third to help the Senators secure their fourth win in five tries. Craig Anderson turned aside 30 shots to backstop the victory. Loui Eriksson notched a goal and an assist and Brad Marchand potted his third of the season for the Bruins, who had a four-game win streak halted. Tuukka Rask allowed all four goals on 31 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Washington 4, Detroit 3 (SO)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicklas Backstrom scored the winner in the final round of the shootout as the Washington Capitals took a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Backstrom was the last shooter after the first five failed to score, and he found the back of the net as he made a move and slipped a low shot past Jimmy Howard for the win. Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Michael Latta all scored for the Capitals, who have won two straight and six of their last eight. Braden Holtby made 34 stops in the win. Johan Franzen had two goals and an assist, while Danny DeKeyser posted a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who have lost five straight, including the last four in either a shootout or overtime. Howard posted 30 stops.
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Florida 2
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlie Coyle broke a tie in the third period and the Minnesota Wild fended off the Florida Panthers, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center. A 2-0 Minnesota lead evaporated in the third on goals by Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau, the latter coming at the 8:59 mark. Coyle, however, put the Wild back in front less than four minutes later. Mikko Koivu sent a pass from the behind the Florida net out front to Coyle and he beat Tim Thomas from just outside the crease at 11:38. Zach Parise and Jason Pominville both scored in the first period for Minnesota, which has won five straight home games. The Wild are also 9-1-1 since a shootout loss to the Panthers in Florida on Oct. 19. Koivu had two assists and Josh Harding made 22 saves. Thomas stopped 17 shots for the Panthers, who have lost nine straight road games since opening the season with a win at Dallas. Florida ended an 0-5-4 slide Tuesday against Anaheim.
Final Score: Winnipeg 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Bryan Little netted the winner in the fifth round of the shootout, as Winnipeg rallied for a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia at MTS Centre. Dustin Byfuglien posted both regulation scores for the Jets, who have taken four straight overall. Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves for Winnipeg, which improved to 5-1 this season in the game-ending breakaway competition. Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds tallied for the Flyers, who failed to string together their first four-game win streak since the end of last season but managed to come away with five points (2-0-1) on their three-game road swing. Steve Mason was the hard-luck loser with 36 stops.
Final Score: San Jose 3, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Marleau posted a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks took a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl each scored, while Joe Thornton assisted on all three goals for the Sharks, who have won three straight after dropping the opener of their five-game road trip that ends in Chicago on Sunday. Alex Stalock posted 30 saves in the win. Nail Yakupov had the lone goal of the game for the Oilers, who have lost five straight and 10 of 11. Devan Dubnyk stopped 34 shots in the loss.