Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ruff wins return to Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Stars coach Lindy Ruff had an opportunity to experience an entire range of emotions in his first trip back to Buffalo to face his former team.

Ruff went from holding back tears during a first-period tribute that culminated in a standing ovation, to feeling anxious after the Stars nearly squandered a three-goal lead.

And finally he felt relief as Dallas hung on for a 4-3 victory over the Sabres on Monday night.

"It was kind of a huge relief," Ruff said. "I was really glad once the tribute was over. I wanted to get the game over with. A lot of good memories here."

Buffalo's wins leader, also a former Sabres player, came away a victor after goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped the final 10 shots he faced to preserve the win.

Tyler Seguin capped a three-goal, first-period outburst, and Jamie Benn's goal midway through the second stood up as the winner in Ruff's first game against his former team after his 16-year tenure in Buffalo ended with him being fired on Feb. 20.

Ruff got a long standing ovation during the first break, when the Sabres showed highlights of him as a player and coach.

Game highlights: Rookie Jayson Megna had his first career goal and assist, and the visiting Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Hurricanes 3-1. Megna's first career point came on Pittsburgh's first goal, as his shot was stopped by Justin Peters before Tanner Glass put in the rebound. … Peter Budaj had 27 saves for his 11th career shutout for the Canadiens, spoiling the Rangers' long-awaited home opener with a 2-0 win. New York played its first nine games on the road while the final touches were finished on Madison Square Garden's $1 billion facelift.

Suspension: The league suspended Coyotes center Martin Hanzal two games for charging Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry. Hanzal, who was called for a penalty, is considered a repeat offender and will forfeit $75,609.76 in salary.

Around the league: Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi suffered a broken ankle Saturday after a hit by Toronto's David Clarkson. He needs surgery and is out indefinitely. … Ducks center Saku Koivu returned to Anaheim for tests after taking a hard hit during Sunday's game at Columbus. Koivu was knocked unconscious on a hit by Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky, who was ejected from Anaheim's 4-3 victory. Koivu must be tested and evaluated before he is allowed to return. … The Blue Jackets reassigned former Lightning center Ryan Craig to AHL Springfield.

at Sabres1203

First1, Dallas, Fiddler 1 (MacDermid, Roussel), 2:59. 2, Buffalo, Moulson 7 (Ennis, Hodgson), 3:26. 3, Dallas, Goligoski 1 (Nichushkin, Jo.Benn), 16:40 (pp). 4, Dallas, Seguin 5 (Cole), 17:52. PenaltiesOtt, Buf (unsportsmanlike conduct, slashing), 13:48.

Second5, Dallas, Ja.Benn 4 (Seguin, Cole), 10:55. 6, Buffalo, Ott 2 (Grigorenko, Myers), 12:54 (pp). 7, Buffalo, Moulson 8 (Ehrhoff, Ennis), 17:17. PenaltiesPysyk, Buf (holding), 1:22; Eakin, Dal (tripping), 11:36.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesDillon, Dal, served by Nichushkin, minor-major (kneeing, fighting), 1:24; Foligno, Buf, major (fighting), 1:24; Fiddler, Dal (slashing), 8:05; Roussel, Dal (roughing), 8:05; Pysyk, Buf (roughing), 8:05. ShotsDallas 13-11-5—29. Buffalo 8-8-9—25. Power playsDallas 1 of 3; Buffalo 1 of 3. GoaliesDallas, Lehtonen 4-1-1 (25 shots-22 saves). Buffalo, Miller 1-9-0 (29-25). A18,295 (19,070). T2:28.

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FirstNone. PenaltiesJ.Moore, NYR (roughing), 2:36; Gionta, Mon (tripping), 12:31; Pyatt, NYR (tripping), 15:42; Gionta, Mon (tripping), 18:11.

Second1, Montreal, Plekanec 6 (Bournival, Gionta), 16:34 (pp). PenaltiesLeblanc, Mon (hooking), 3:41; Pouliot, NYR (illegal check to head minor), 6:53; Boyle, NYR (roughing), 15:56; Gionta, Mon (roughing), 19:12; McDonagh, NYR (roughing), 19:12.

Third2, Montreal, Galchenyuk 2 (Eller, Gallagher), 17:09. PenaltiesFast, NYR (hooking), 2:02; Murray, Mon (interference), 5:16; Kreider, NYR (interference), 5:37; Markov, Mon (slashing), 12:41. ShotsMontreal 7-11-9—27. N.Y. Rangers 7-14-6—27. Power playsMontreal 1 of 6; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 5. GoaliesMontreal, Budaj 2-0-0 (27 shots-27 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 2-5-0 (27-25). A18,006 (17,200). T2:29.

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First1, Chicago, Sharp 2 (Hossa, Oduya), 17:33. PenaltiesParise, Min (tripping), 12:01.

Second2, Minnesota, Pominville 7 (Granlund, Stoner), 11:27. 3, Chicago, Brookbank 1 (Kane, Pirri), 13:21. 4, Chicago, Leddy 1 (Seabrook), 16:43 (pp). PenaltiesKruger, Chi (holding), 1:09; Konopka, Min (holding), 4:33; Scandella, Min (holding), 15:00; Bickell, Chi (interference), 17:39.

Third5, Chicago, Kane 7 (Saad, Pirri), 2:47. 6, Chicago, Saad 3 (Keith, Toews), 8:43. PenaltiesBollig, Chi (goaltender interference), 4:53; Bollig, Chi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:21; Stoner, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:21; Brookbank, Chi, misconduct, 9:59; Saad, Chi (goaltender interference), 9:59; Prosser, Min, served by Veilleux, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:59. ShotsChicago 7-11-10—28. Minnesota 10-13-7—30. Power playsChicago 1 of 3; Minnesota 0 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 6-2-2 (30 shots-29 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 1-1-2 (28-23). A18,685 (17,954). T2:21.

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First1, Pittsburgh, Glass 2 (Megna, Orpik), 8:25. 2, Carolina, Gerbe 4 (Lindholm, Semin), 16:03 (pp). PenaltiesVitale, Pit, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 2:28; Bre.Sutter, Car, minor-major (boarding, fighting), 2:28; Gleason, Car (holding), 5:07; Bra.Sutter, Pit (tripping), 14:15; Adams, Pit (slashing), 15:32; Ruutu, Car (high-sticking), 18:00.

Second3, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 5 (Crosby, Orpik), 16:24. PenaltiesKunitz, Pit (slashing), :22; D'Agostini, Pit (hooking), 16:32.

Third4, Pittsburgh, Megna 1 (Crosby, Orpik), 7:11. PenaltiesD'Agostini, Pit (high-sticking), 9:41; Gerbe, Car (tripping), 10:12. ShotsPittsburgh 12-8-9—29. Carolina 5-13-3—21. Power playsPittsburgh 0 of 3; Carolina 1 of 5. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 8-2-0 (21 shots-20 saves). Carolina, Peters 0-3-0 (29-26). A15,042 (18,680). T2:26.

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