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      ***** National Hockey League Previews from The Sports Network *****
                              Thursday, October 30
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 BOSTON BRUINS (5-6-0) AT BUFFALO SABRES (2-8-0), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins suffered a late collapse to lose for
 the second time in three games the last time out, but they hope to get back on
 track Thursday when they visit the lowly Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara
 Center.
 
 The Bruins appeared well on their way to a second straight win Tuesday against
 Minnesota, as Boston led 3-1 after 40 minutes. But the Wild scored three
 unanswered tallies in the third period to skate out of Beantown with a 4-3
 victory.
 
 The setback dropped the B's to 1-1 without captain and star defenseman Zdeno
 Chara in the lineup. Chara, who will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks with a ligament
 tear in his right knee, suffered his injury in last Thursday's loss to the New
 York Islanders. Boston posted a 4-1 win over Toronto in its first test without
 Chara before blowing a third-period lead en route to Tuesday's defeat.
 
 Minnesota received goals from Zach Parise and Justin Fontaine in the early
 part of the third period before Marco Scandella notched the game-winning goal
 with 5:53 left.
 
 Seth Griffith had two goals and an assist in defeat and Milan Lucic supplied a
 goal and a helper for the Bruins.
 
 Tuukka Rask made 38 saves in the loss. The goaltender was peppered with 18
 shots in the third period alone.
 
 "There is no excuse why we shouldn't have been the better team in the third,"
 Rask said. "It was a good learning experience for us."
 
 Rask is expected to start tonight and he is 6-5-1 with a 2.43 goals against
 average in his career against Buffalo.
 
 The Sabres offer an excellent chance for Boston to get back in the win column.
 Buffalo is just 2-8-0 on the season and already has a minus-22 goal
 differential through 10 games.
 
 Buffalo halted a four-game slide with Saturday's surprising 2-1 win in San
 Jose, but then followed with Tuesday's 4-0 setback in Toronto. The road loss
 against the Maple Leafs marked the fourth time the Sabres have been shut out
 in six games.
 
 The Sabres only managed to put 10 shots on net in Tuesday's loss, setting a
 club record for fewest shots in a game. The previous low of 11 was set
 on Dec. 3, 1981 against Boston.
 
 Toronto also set a club mark for the fewest shots allowed in a game.
 
 Michael Neuvirth stopped 33-of-37 shots for Buffalo, which has scored just 10
 times this season.
 
 "We had nothing. Toronto had everything going," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.
 
 Buffalo will try to bounce back Thursday, but the Bruins already have shut out
 the Sabres this season, posting a 4-0 win in Boston on Oct. 18. Niklas
 Svedberg posted the shutout for the B's with 32 saves.
 
 Boston has won three of the last four encounters with the Sabres overall and
 has three victories in its past five trips to Buffalo.
 
 The Bruins will follow Thursday's tilt with a four-game homestand that begins
 Saturday against Ottawa. Buffalo visits Pittsburgh on Saturday before
 returning to Western New York for a four-game homestand of its own.
 
 Jhonas Enroth will start in net for Buffalo. The 26-year-old Swede is just
 1-5-2 with a 3.89 GAA in his career against the Bruins.
 
 WINNIPEG JETS (4-5-0) AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS (4-3-2), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The suddenly surging Winnipeg Jets will try to stay hot
 when they visit the struggling New Jersey Devils in Thursday's clash at
 Prudential Center.
 
 The Jets began the season with a win at Arizona before dropping their next
 four in regulation. Paul Maurice's club has rebounded nicely, however, picking
 up victories in three of its next four and Winnipeg enters tonight's test
 riding a two-game win streak.
 
 Winnipeg ended a five-game homestand with Sunday's overtime win against
 Colorado, then kicked off a stretch of four straight on the road with
 Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders.
 
 Andrew Ladd scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the third
 period, to help the Jets outlast the Isles at Nassau Coliseum. Paul Postma and
 Jacob Trouba also lit the lamp for Winnipeg and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 18-
 of-21 shots for the win.
 
 Ladd broke a 3-3 tie at the 3:31 mark of the third period. Bryan Little's shot
 from the top of the right circle hit off the pads of Jaroslav Halak, leaving a
 rebound for Ladd.
 
 The Islanders went on the power play when Postma was called for holding with
 4:04 remaining. But Pavelec held strong in net to preserve the victory for
 Winnipeg.
 
 "It was not our greatest start but we had a strong finish," Ladd said.
 
 Winnipeg will have Evander Kane back on the ice tonight for the first time
 since he sprained his right knee in the season opener. Kane was cleared to
 practice fully on Wednesday and the Jets revealed Thursday that he'd be
 playing tonight.
 
 Kane had 19 goals and 41 points for the Jets last season and is a former 30-
 goal scorer.
 
 The Jets played Tuesday without Zach Bogosian and the defenseman is
 questionable for tonight's tilt with an upper-body injury.
 
 New Jersey has been the opposite of the Jets so far in 2014-14, starting the
 season strong before falling on hard times. The Devils began the campaign on a
 three-game winning streak, but have lost five of their six outings since.
 
 The Devils, who are 1-3-2 over their last six, surrendered a season-high eight
 goals their last time out, losing 8-3 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
 
 New Jersey scored the first goal Tuesday and actually held a 3-1 over the
 Penguins until things fell apart. Pittsburgh tallied seven unanswered goals,
 ending the second period with a 5-3 lead before pulling away even further in
 the third.
 
 Dainius Zubrus, Tuomo Ruutu and Jacob Josefson all scored for the Devils.
 Cory Schneider gave up five goals on 23 shots over the first two periods
 before being pulled. Scott Clemmensen gave up three goals on 10 shots through
 the final 20 minutes of play.
 
 "It was ugly and got away from  us in the second half of the game," said
 Schneider. "You have to learn from your mistakes, but this is also one that
 you just want to put behind you and move on to the next one."
 
 The Devils aim to turn things around at home, where the club will play three
 straight beginning with tonight's tilt, but the club is 0-1-2 at the
 Prudential Center so far this season.
 
 Jersey hopes to have Mike Cammalleri back tonight after the veteran winger
 missed Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury. Cammalleri is leading the
 Devils with five goals and is tied for second on the club with seven points.
 
 Winnipeg has won four of five meetings versus the Devils overall and has
 claimed two of the last three in the Garden State.
 
 Pavelec expects to start tonight and is 6-3-3 with a 2.16 goals against
 average in his career against the Devils. Schneider is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA
 in two lifetime appearances versus the Jets.
 
 LOS ANGELES KINGS (6-1-2) AT PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (5-2-1), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off consecutive
 victories and they hope to stay hot Thursday when they welcome the defending
 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings to the Steel City.
 
 Pittsburgh halted a two-game slide with Saturday's 3-0 win in Nashville and
 followed by slamming the New Jersey Devils in the opener of a three-game
 homestand on Tuesday.
 
 The Penguins trailed the Devils 3-1 in the early stages of the second period,
 but ended the contest with seven unanswered goals to earn an 8-3 blowout
 victory. Craig Adams' goal in the second period put the Penguins ahead for
 good, while Sidney Crosby scored twice in the resounding victory.
 
 Pascal Dupuis, Blake Comeau, Steve Downie and Patric Hornqvist each posted a
 goal and an assist for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 16 shots in the
 win.
 
 "That's what great teams do," said Dupuis. "They get their top guys out that
 are chipping in night in and night out and you have the guys that are coming
 up big any given night. That's how you win games. That's how you win
 championships."
 
 Crosby enters Thursday second in the league with 14 points and is trailing
 Tyler Seguin of Dallas by one point. Tyler Toffoli of the Kings is just one
 behind Crosby with 13 points off five goals and eight assists.
 
 Crosby has one goal and six helpers in five career games against the Kings,
 while Fleury is 4-2-0 with a 2.26 goals against average in his career versus
 L.A.
 
 The Kings are hoping to rebound tonight after having a six-game winning streak
 snapped in controversial fashion Tuesday in Philadelphia. After a video
 review, former Kings forward Brayden Schenn was awarded the game-winner with
 2:24 remaining in overtime.
 
 Schenn skated in all alone from the hosts' side of center ice in the neutral
 zone and shot low, but while Kings netminder Jonathan Quick smothered the shot
 with his pads, the puck was loose for a second. Schenn made a hard stop in the
 crease and the force of covering the rebound pushed Quick into the net with
 the puck presumably over the goal line.
 
 The original call did not indicate a goal, but upon a conference of all four
 officials plus a brief review, the on-ice decision was overruled, giving the
 Flyers the 2-1 victory.
 
 "I don't know the exact ruling on that because they seem to change it every
 year," Quick said following the loss. "But usually you're not allowed to push
 the goalie into the net, so I don't know. Maybe they changed it again on us."
 
 Toffoli and former Flyers captain Mike Richards scored for the Kings, with
 Quick making 40 saves in the setback.
 
 The Kings played Tuesday's game with just 11 forwards, but they hope centerman
 Anze Kopitar (upper body) can play tonight after sitting out against the
 Flyers. Fellow forward Trevor Lewis also is questionable with an upper-body
 injury, while winger Marian Gaborik is doubtful with an upper-body issue of
 his own.
 
 L.A. will aim for its first road win tonight when it plays the second test of
 a five-game trek. The Kings are 0-0-2 as the visiting team this season, while
 posting a 6-1-0 record at home.
 
 Pittsburgh has won six of the last eight meetings versus the Kings. L.A. did
 halt a three-game road skid in this series with a 3-2 win at Consol Energy
 Center on March 27.
 
 With the Kings also playing tomorrow night in Detroit, Martin Jones could get
 his second start of the season in on of the next two games.
 
 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (5-3-1) AT OTTAWA SENATORS (5-2-1), 7:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks have hit a rough patch early in
 the season, but they hope their recent success against the Ottawa Senators can
 get them back in the win column.
 
 The Blackhawks will try to avoid losing for the fourth time in five games when
 they visit the Senators for Thursday's clash at Canadian Tire Centre.
 
 Chicago has lost three of its last four games, but the one win during that
 stretch came Sunday against a visiting Ottawa club. The Blackhawks posted a
 2-1 victory behind a stellar NHL debut from goaltender Scott Darling, who
 stopped 32-of-33 shots.
 
 It was the fourth win for Chicago in its last five meetings against the Sens,
 who only have two wins over the past nine encounters. Ottawa has won two of
 the last three matchups on its home ice.
 
 Darling played well again for the Blackhawks on Tuesday, stopping 24 shots in
 a 1-0 home loss against the Anaheim Ducks. Chicago fired 38 shots on net
 without a scoring a goal on Ducks goaltender John Gibson. Although it marked
 the first time Chicago was shut out this season, the Blackhawks were held to
 two goals or less for the fourth straight game.
 
 Chicago failed to score on three chances with the man advantage Tuesday, and
 Anaheim's goal came short-handed in the third period.
 
 "It's never fun to get shut out at home but we'll move past this one ... and
 try and have that breakthrough we're looking for offensively," said Chicago
 captain Jonathan Toews.
 
 While goaltending has not been a problem for the 'Hawks lately, the club could
 get a boost tonight from the possible return of No. 1 netminder Corey
 Crawford. The 29-year-old Crawford has missed the last five games with an
 upper-body injury, but he practiced Wednesday and could see his first action
 since Oct. 18 against Nashville.
 
 Crawford is 2-0 with a 1.91 goals against average in two career games against
 the Senators.
 
 Ottawa will try to record a second straight win after halting a two-game slide
 with Tuesday's 5-2 road victory at Columbus. Clarke MacArthur scored two goals
 and assisted on another to help the Sens record their fifth win in eight games
 to begin the season.
 
 Erik Karlsson netted the eventual game-winner early in the third period for
 Ottawa, which scored three unanswered goals in the third period to cruise to
 the win.
 
 "It's definitely nice to win this one when we played the way we did. We stuck
 to it, executed when we had to and stepped up when we needed to step up," said
 Karlsson.
 
 Zack Smith and Alex Chiasson also lit that lamp to complement a solid 36-save
 effort from Robin Lehner.
 
 Craig Anderson is expected to start tonight in net for Ottawa. Anderson, a
 former Blackhawk goaltender, is 5-2-2 with a 3.24 GAA in nine career games
 against his old club.
 
 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (4-3-2) AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (6-3-1), 7:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers' winning streak survived a
 meeting with the defending Stanley Cup champions, but a fourth consecutive win
 could be hard to come by.
 
 The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to continue its dominance of Philadelphia when
 the clubs battle Thursday at Amalie Arena.
 
 The Flyers earned a controversial 2-1 victory Tuesday against the visiting Los
 Angeles Kings, picking up a third straight win and their fourth in five games
 since going winless in the first four tests of 2014-15.
 
 Philly will have to solve the Lightning to keep the win streak going, however,
 as Tampa Bay enters tonight's tilt having won 11 of the last 14 encounters in
 this series. The Bolts have beaten the Flyers four straight times overall and
 have claimed the last six meetings in Central Florida. Philadelphia's last
 victory in Tampa came in a shootout win on Feb. 15, 2011.
 
 Former L.A. forward Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning goal against the
 Kings with 2:24 remaining in overtime, but the tally only counted after a
 video review.
 
 Schenn skated in all alone from the hosts' side of center ice in the neutral
 zone and shot low, but while Kings netminder Jonathan Quick smothered the shot
 with his pads, the puck was loose for a second. Schenn made a hard stop in the
 crease and the force of covering the rebound pushed Quick into the net with
 the puck presumably over the goal line.
 
 The original call did not indicate a goal, but upon a conference of all four
 officials plus a brief review, the on-ice decision was overruled, giving the
 hosts their third straight victory.
 
 "Yeah, it's always nice scoring goals and I guess it makes it a little extra
 special against LA," said Schenn, who arrived in Philly as part of a June,
 2011 deal. "Didn't spend a whole lot of time there but it was a big win for
 our team and we've got to keep this going. We haven't had an easy schedule for
 the beginning of the year so it's another big two points for us."
 
 Michael Raffl and Chris VandeVelde also lit the lamp while Jakub Voracek added
 a pair of assists for the Flyers, who received 38 saves from Ray Emery.
 Voracek has 13 points on the season, tying him with Tyler Toffoli of the Los
 Angeles Kings for third in the league rankings,
 
 Emery has been in net for all three wins during the Flyers' current streak and
 he has won four straight decisions overall. He expects to get the call over
 Steve Mason again tonight.
 
 Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier is getting close to returning from a bruised
 left foot, but the former Lightning captain isn't expected to play against his
 former team.
 
 Tampa Bay has won three of its last four tilts and the Lightning kicked off a
 four-game homestand Tuesday with a 7-3 rout of the Arizona Coyotes. Nikita
 Kucherov recorded his first career hat trick to fuel the blowout victory.
 
 Brian Boyle added two goals for the Lightning, and Valtteri Filppula and
 Matthew Carle also lit the lamp. Ben Bishop stopped 22-of-25 shots to record
 the win.
 
 "It was a good start for us and we were rewarded," said Boyle. "There were
 some plays that guys made that were pretty impressive, big-time plays from
 some players. That's always nice when we finish."
 
 The victory pushed Tampa's home record this season to 3-1-1. The Flyers are
 2-2-0 as the guest.
 
 Bishop will get the start for the Bolts. He lost his only career outing
 against Philadelphia while playing for Ottawa on March 2, 2013.
 
 ARIZONA COYOTES (3-4-1) AT FLORIDA PANTHERS (2-2-3), 7:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The bad news for the Arizona Coyotes is that they have
 only one victory over their past five games.
 
 The good news is that on Thursday night they get to play the lone team they
 have beaten over that span as the Coyotes visit the Panthers and BB&T Center.
 
 The Coyotes have gone 1-3-1 in their past five, following up a 2-1 overtime
 victory against the Panthers on Saturday with a 7-3 setback to the hosting
 Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The Bolts were paced by Nikita Kucherov's
 first career hat trick.
 
 Shane Doan, Martin Erat and B.J. Crombeen scored for the Coyotes, with Doan
 getting his first goal of the season.
 
 Mike Smith, who spent parts of four seasons with Tampa Bay from 2007-11,
 turned aside 27-of-33 shots before being pulled in the third period. Devan
 Dubnyk made one save in relief.
 
 "(We made) a lot of poor decisions with the puck and (didn't execute) at the
 level we need to execute. Simple as that," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.
 
 Arizona lost the opener of a four-game road trip and is 0-2-1 as the visiting
 team this season. It has been outscored 13-7 on the road.
 
 The Coyotes hope to rebound against the Panthers, who have been idle since a
 2-1 overtime setback in Arizona on Saturday. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the
 winner 2:20 into extra time on the power play as Florida's Aleksander Barkov
 was whistled for a high-sticking penalty.
 
 Ekman-Larsson took a pass from Sam Gagner and beat Roberto Luongo from the
 left circle. Justin Hodgman tied the game midway through the third period and
 Smith made 23 saves.
 
 Brandon Pirri scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who went 2-0-2 on a four-
 game road trip. Luongo stopped 39-of-41 shots.
 
 "We have to be smarter. We can't take however many penalties we took today.
 We'll kill some, but especially in overtime it is tough to kill," Luongo said.
 
 The Panthers are now set to play two in a row at home and are hoping to have
 Dave Bolland back from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him for three
 games.
 
 The Coyotes have won four in a row and seven of their last nine versus the
 Panthers, taking three straight and five of six in Florida.
 
 SAN JOSE SHARKS (6-4-1) AT MINNESOTA WILD (5-3-0), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - It's been a roller coaster ride for the Minnesota Wild
 during their past two third periods.
 
 After rallying for a victory last time out, the Wild try to make it two in a
 row on Thursday night as they host the San Jose Sharks.
 
 The Wild had a two-game win streak snapped with a 5-4 loss to the New York
 Rangers on Monday. Minnesota led 3-0 going into the third period of that game
 before New York put forth an epic comeback.
 
 It was the Wild's turn on Tuesday in Boston as they scored three times in the
 third period, winning 4-3 on Marco Scandella's game-winner late in regulation.
 
 Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise and Justin Fontaine also lit the lamp for
 Minnesota, while Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves on 28 shots in his second
 start of the season.
 
 "These guys are doing a tremendous job for us," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
 "What I like is that they're doing it the right way."
 
 Yeo did see his team go scoreless on two power-play chances, leaving the club
 0-for-26 on the season.
 
 The Sharks have followed up a four-game slide with back-to-back wins, both on
 the road. They unleashed 51 shots on net in Tuesday's meeting with Colorado,
 but needed a shootout to record a 3-2 victory.
 
 Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout with Antti Niemi
 adding two saves.
 
 Brent Burns and Logan Couture tallied in regulation for the Sharks and Niemi
 added 31 saves, including one on Matt Duchene in the final seconds of
 overtime.
 
 "We're happy to get the two points. Of course, that was a big save, and it
 really did give us confidence going forward," said Niemi.
 
 Burns is certainly playing with confidence. He has a goal in three straight
 and a point in five in a row. The defenseman has four goals and 12 points in
 11 games on the season.
 
 "Offensively he's been an absolute force for us. He's getting better
 defensively. Big, big part of our team right now," said Sharks head coach Todd
 McLellan of Burns.
 
 The Sharks have won four of their past five overall versus the Wild, but are
 0-5-1 in their last six trips to Minnesota.
 
 ANAHEIM DUCKS (8-2-0) AT ST. LOUIS BLUES (4-3-1), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues will try to push their winning
 streak to three straight games on Thursday night as they play host to the
 Anaheim Ducks.
 
 The Blues are coming off a 4-3 road win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, with
 Vladimir Tarasenko capping off his first career hat trick with a power-play
 goal in overtime.
 
 After the Stars' Tyler Seguin was called for high-sticking just 14 seconds
 into the extra frame, Tarasenko one-timed a Kevin Shattenkirk pass at the
 right circle that beat Kari Lehtonen to the short side.
 
 Tarasenko's first two tallies on the night were both game-tying goals in a
 back-and-forth contest.
 
 Jori Lehtera posted a goal and two assists. Brian Elliott turned away 25 shots
 for the Blues, who have won two in a row for the first time this season.
 
 "It was a wild game," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. "It was the best and
 worst for both teams."
 
 One of the worst parts for St. Louis was captain David Backes leaving the game
 after taking a hit from Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley late in the first
 period. The forward hit his head on the ice and did not return to the game.
 
 Backes did not practice on Wednesday, but he has not been ruled out for
 Thursday's game.
 
 While the Blues are looking to get on a roll, the Ducks have been red-hot
 since the start of the season. They won for the eighth time in their first 10
 games, blanking Chicago 1-0 on Tuesday.
 
 John Gibson made 38 saves to record his second career shutout, while Devante
 Smith-Pelly scored the game's only goal short-handed with 8:28 left in
 regulation.
 
 After several close calls on Gibson during a Chicago power play, Blackhawks
 defenseman Brent Seabrook stumbled as he tried to corral a pass at
 the blue line. An alert forechecking Smith-Pelly swooped in alone up the
 middle and beat Chicago goaltender Scott Darling with a backhander between the
 pads.
 
 "I know he's a big goalie, so I wanted to get him moving side to side and it
 squeaked through," Smith-Pelly said.
 
 The Ducks won the opener of a four-game swing, bouncing back after having a
 seven-game winning streak halted with a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Sunday.
 
 Anaheim has won three of its past four in St. Louis and beat the Blues for the
 fourth straight time overall with a 3-0 home win on Oct. 19. Frederik Andersen
 made 28 saves in his first career shutout, Sami Vatanen scored a pair of
 power-play goals and Matt Beleskey set the tone with a goal 1:37 into the
 game.
 
 Elliott allowed three goals on 25 shots faced in the Blues' ninth loss in
 their past 12 versus the Ducks.
 
 NEW YORK ISLANDERS (6-3-0) AT COLORADO AVALANCHE (2-4-4), 9 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders will open up a five-game road
 trip out west on Thursday night, with the first stop coming against the
 Colorado Avalanche.
 
 The Islanders will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg
 Jets on Tuesday. New York received second-period goals from John Tavares and
 Mikhail Grabovski to tie the contest, but the Jets got the game-winner at the
 3:31 mark of the third period.
 
 "In the third we didn't pay the price and we weren't gritty," Tavares said.
 "We battled back, but we didn't have a great third."
 
 Brock Nelson had a goal, Johnny Boychuk notched a pair of assists and Jaroslav
 Halak made 26 saves.
 
 Halak made his first start in three games after allowing five goals on 23
 shots in a loss to Toronto on Oct. 21. Though he took another loss, his club
 did him no favors when Nikolay Kulemin received a boarding major and game
 misconduct in the second period, with Winnipeg scoring twice on the resulting
 power play.
 
 The Islanders had a modest two-game winning streak halted and fell to 6-3-0 on
 the season.
 
 Colorado, meanwhile, has lost six of its past seven, though it has managed a
 point in four straight. The Avalanche are 1-0-3 over that time following a
 shootout loss to San Jose on Tuesday.
 
 The Avs faced 51 shots in the 3-2 loss, with Semyon Varlamov notching 49 saves
 to fall two short of matching current head coach Patrick Roy's club record for
 the most saves in one game that was set on Dec. 10, 1997.
 
 Varlamov, though, was bested in the shootout by Patrick Marleau and Joe
 Pavelski, while Colorado's Alex Tanguay and Matt Duchene had their tie-
 breaking chances denied.
 
 Tanguay had a goal in regulation to run his point streak to six straight games
 (4 goals, 2 assists) and Gabriel Landeskog also scored.
 
 "This is very disappointing. We finally came out in the third and played our
 game. We have to keep playing like this from the start," noted Landeskog.
 
 The Islanders are 5-1-1 in their past seven meetings with the Avalanche, with
 the lone regulation setback coming in the most recent encounter on Feb. 8 of
 last season on Long Island.
 
 New York is 3-0-2 with a tie in its past six trips to Colorado.
 
 MONTREAL CANADIENS (8-2-0) AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS (6-3-0), 10 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens close out a three-game swing
 through Western Canada on Thursday night as they try to slow down the
 Vancouver Canucks.
 
 The Canadiens lost the opener of the trek 3-0 to Edmonton on Monday, but
 bounced back to beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 in a shootout the following night.
 
 Tom Gilbert scored a game-tying goal and P.A. Parenteau had the lone shootout
 tally. As Montreal's third shooter, Parenteau skated in with his head up all
 the way and beat Jonas Hiller stick side with a wrist shot for the win.
 
 "We're showing that we can come back and don't get discouraged if we don't get
 the first goal," said Parenteau.
 
 Carey Price was spectacular in net, making 37 saves for Montreal, which
 improved to 8-2-0 on the season and ended a seven-game losing streak to the
 Flames in Calgary.
 
 Price has won each of his last five starts and has given up just five goals in
 his past four games. He got the night off in the loss to the Oilers.
 
 The Canucks are trying to keep their recent hot stretch going, having won
 three of four. They topped the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday, with Ryan
 Miller making 29 saves for his 300th career win.
 
 Miller had a shutout bid spoiled on a late goal with 8:55 to play, but seemed
 to be pleased with reaching the milestone.
 
 "It means I have been playing a while," Miller told NHL.com. "It feels good.
 It's a collection of a lot of good teams and a lot of good players over the
 years. I will take a little moment to reflect. It's been a lot of fun. Winning
 is fun. I've got to do it quite a bit with some good guys. I will try to enjoy
 it. This win with this group feels good."
 
 Brad Richardson scored twice, his first 1:32 into the game, while Linden Vey
 and Jannik Hansen added goals.
 
 The Canucks have lost three in a row to the Canadiens, with the Habs going
 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings overall.
 
 Montreal has won three straight in Vancouver, where it has not lost since Oct.
 7, 2009.
 
 
 
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