FRISCO, Texas — Brad Richards, traded from the Lightning to the Stars on Tuesday, practiced with his new teammates for the first time Wednesday.
"Pretty overwhelming," he said. "This is the first time I've gone through (a trade). It's good to get out there with the guys. I can't wait to get out there and start playing, get to know the guys."
The Stars have closed within five points of the Western Conference-leading Red Wings.
"I knew this team had a chance to win,'' Richards said. "The last couple of years really wears on you mentally when you're fighting like we were just to try to win games, win one and lose three. That atmosphere wasn't fun."
SENATORS FIRE COACH: Coach John Paddock was fired with 18 games left. General manager Bryan Murray will take over as coach. Assistant Ron Low was also fired, a day after a second straight shutout loss.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brian Campbell, obtained Tuesday from the Sabres, notched his first point for the Sharks, who scored three goals in an eight-minute span of the second period.
First Period—1, San Jose, Cheechoo 19 (Pavelski, Thornton), 7:28 (pp). 2, Columbus, Vyborny 4 (Brule), 14:56. Penalties—Tollefsen, Clm (hooking), 6:26; Murray, SJ (elbowing), 12:50.
Second Period—3, Columbus, Vyborny 5 (Hejda, Nash), 7:54. 4, San Jose, Mitchell 10 (Carle, Grier), 10:51. 5, San Jose, Roenick 10 (Thornton, Rivet), 13:57 (pp). 6, San Jose, Pavelski 13 (Marleau, Campbell), 18:52. Penalties—Hejda, Clm (interference), :20; Nash, Clm (roughing), 12:44; Murray, SJ, major (fighting), 14:02; Boll, Clm, major (fighting), 14:02; Rivet, SJ (hooking), 15:13.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Tarnstrom, Clm (hooking), 12:51; Nash, Clm (roughing), 18:00. Shots on Goal—San Jose 7-11-14—32. Columbus 6-8-5—19. Power-play opportunities—San Jose 2 of 5; Columbus 0 of 2. Goalies—San Jose, Nabokov 34-20-7 (19 shots-17 saves). Columbus, Leclaire 22-14-4 (32-28). A—16,029 (18,136). T—2:24. Referees—Dave Jackson, Mick McGeough. Linesmen—Scott Driscoll, Brad Kovachik.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Miller stopped 24 shots for the Sabres, returning after missing eight minutes of the second period when his nose was bloodied by a Marek Zidlicky shot off his mask.
First Period—1, Buffalo, Bernier 14 (Roy, Vanek), 4:33. 2, Buffalo, Bernier 15 (Lydman, Vanek), 14:07. Penalties—Kalinin, Buf (hooking), 14:42; Nichol, Nas (boarding), 17:57; Fiddler, Nas (roughing), 18:56; Roy, Buf (roughing), 18:56; Hamhuis, Nas (hooking), 19:12.
Second Period—3, Buffalo, Paille 14 (Gaustad, Lydman), 2:01. 4, Nashville, Hlavac 10 (Zidlicky, Erat), 2:46. 5, Nashville, Arnott 23 (Dumont, Radulov), 3:20. 6, Buffalo, Peters 1 (Kaleta, Mair), 4:13. 7, Nashville, Arnott 24 (Zidlicky, Legwand), 7:53 (pp). 8, Buffalo, Pominville 19 (Kotalik, Pratt), 14:50. 9, Buffalo, Roy 25 (Bernier, Lydman), 17:49. Penalties—Kaleta, Buf (goalie interference), 7:33; MacArthur, Buf (hooking), 11:02; Paetsch, Buf, double minor (high-sticking), 19:19.
Third Period—10, Nashville, Legwand 14 (Suter, Zidlicky), 3:04 (pp). 11, Buffalo, Connolly 6 (Lydman, Kotalik), 7:35. 12, Buffalo, Kotalik 19 (Connolly, Kalinin), 13:03. Penalties—Hordichuk, Nas, major (fighting), 6:48; Peters, Buf, major (fighting), 6:48; Tootoo, Nas, major (fighting), 6:49; Mair, Buf, major (fighting), 6:49; Lydman, Buf (high-sticking), 10:22; Fiddler, Nas, double minor (elbowing, roughing), 14:04; Nichol, Nas (roughing), 14:04; Kaltea, Buf (roughing), 14:04; Kalinin, Buf (roughing), 14:04; Nichol, Nas, double minor (roughing), 16:52; Gaustad, Buf, double minor (roughing), 16:52; Tootoo, Nas, double minor (slashing, roughing), 18:49. Missed Penalty Shot—Nichol, Nas, :34 seconds. Shots on Goal—Nashville 10-15-8—33. Buffalo 15-6-12—33. Power-play opportunities—Nashville 2 of 6; Buffalo 0 of 3. Goalies—Nashville, Mason 17-19-6 (19 shots-14 saves), Ellis (14:50 second, 14-11). Buffalo, Miller (13-12), Thibault (3:58 second, 7-5), Miller 29-20-7 (11:02 second, 13-12). A—18,690 (18,690). T—2:36. Referees—Kelly Sutherland, Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen—Scott Cherrey, Mark Pare.
|Maple Leafs win shootout 1-0|
SUNRISE — Mats Sundin's second goal with 1:08 left forced OT for the Maple Leafs, and Tomas Kaberle scored the only goal of the shootout, sliding the puck between Tomas Vokoun's legs on Toronto's first attempt. Vesa Toskala sealed it when he blocked Olli Jokinen's wrist shot.
First Period—1, Florida, Cullimore 2 (Glass, Larman), 9:27. 2, Florida, McLean 10 (Jokinen, Olesz), 17:13. Penalties—None.
Second Period—3, Toronto, Williams 1 (Sundin, Tlusty), 6:56. Penalties—Sundin, Tor (tripping), :19; Skrastins, Fla (hooking), 14:46; McLean, Fla (diving), 16:42; Kubina, Tor (cross-checking), 16:42.
Third Period—4, Toronto, Sundin 27 (Blake, Kaberle), 2:49 (pp). 5, Florida, Olesz 11 (McLean, Bouwmeester), 11:45 (pp). 6, Toronto, Sundin 28 (Wellwood, Moore), 18:52. Penalties—Olesz, Fla (tripping), 1:46; Williams, Tor (hooking), 4:16; Toronto bench, served by Williams (too many men), 8:44; Stralman, Tor (interference), 11:40; Campbell, Fla (high-sticking), 13:58.
Shootout—Toronto 1 (Kaberle G, Sundin NG, Steen NG). Florida 0 (Olesz NG, Peltonen NG, Jokinen NG). Shots on Goal—Toronto 12-9-12-4—37. Florida 10-12-14-4—40. Power-play opportunities—Toronto 1 of 3; Florida 1 of 4. Goalies—Toronto, Toskala 25-19-5 (40 shots-37 saves). Florida, Vokoun 25-25-7 (37-34). A—14,557 (19,250). T—2:38. Referees—Rob Martell, Mike Leggo. Linesmen—Thor Nelson, Pierre Racicot.