Jamie McGinn #11 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his goal at 8:55 of the first period against the Buffalo Sabres and is joined by Paul Stastny #26 at the First Niagara Center on March 14, 2012 in Buffalo, New York.
(March 13, 2012 – Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jamie McGinn forced overtime by scoring with 2 seconds left in regulation, and Peter Mueller netted the lone shootout goal in the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
McGinn scored twice, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and assist, and David Jones scored for the Avalanche, who vaulted out of a four-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference to sixth. Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves through overtime, and stopped all three of Buffalo’s shootout attempts to improve to 8-0 in the tiebreaker.
Rookie Marcus Foligno scored twice for Buffalo, which inched within three points of eighth-place Washington in the East. Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists, Tyler Ennis had three assists, and Alexander Sulzer also scored for the Sabres.
CANADIENS 3, SENATORS 2, SO
MONTREAL (AP) — David Desharnais scored in regulation and in a shootout, lifting Montreal past Ottawa.
Desharnais had the only goal in the shootout, and Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped all three Senators attempts.
Erik Cole also scored for Montreal (28-32-11), 3-0-1 in its last four games. The Canadiens are 3-0-1 against the Senators this season, and will face them again in Ottawa on Friday.
Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson had goals for the Senators (36-25-10), who are one point behind Northeast Division-leading Boston. The Bruins have two games in hand.
JETS 5, STARS 2
Loui Eriksson had both goals for Dallas. The Stars, who won 1-0 at Minnesota the previous night, dropped to 1-10-2 in the second games of back-to-backs.
With the Stars trailing 5-0, Eriksson spoiled Ondrej Pavelec’s shot at a fifth shutout this season with 3:31 left in the second period.