Dominik Hasek's troubles continue

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Hasek's trouble continues as Senators top Sabres 4-0The NHL's top goaltender for the last few seasons fell to 0-4-1 on Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0. Marian Hossa scored twice and added an assist, and Ron Tugnutt stopped 18 shots for his 12th career shutout. Shawn McEachern and Steve Martins also struck for the Senators, who are undefeated at home (4-0-1). It was the first meeting between the teams since Buffalo swept Ottawa in the first round of the playoffs last spring. The rough start for Hasek and the Stanley Cup finalists (1-6-2) continued, as the Sabres were outshot 30-9 after two periods and 35-18 overall.

Hasek's trouble continues as Senators top Sabres 4-0The NHL's top goaltender for the last few seasons fell to 0-4-1 on Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0. Marian Hossa scored twice and added an assist, and Ron Tugnutt stopped 18 shots for his 12th career shutout. Shawn McEachern and Steve Martins also struck for the Senators, who are undefeated at home (4-0-1). It was the first meeting between the teams since Buffalo swept Ottawa in the first round of the playoffs last spring. The rough start for Hasek and the Stanley Cup finalists (1-6-2) continued, as the Sabres were outshot 30-9 after two periods and 35-18 overall.

HURRICANES 3, PENGUINS 2In Pittsburgh, Bates Battaglia scored with 2:06 left in the third period as the Hurricanes came back to beat the injury-depleted Penguins. Ron Francis, who assisted on all three goals, made a pass that hit off Pittsburgh defenseman Andrew Ference and went to Battaglia, who beat Peter Skudra for his third goal. The Penguins rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the third when Carolina, playing its third game in four nights, went into a defensive shell to protect a 2-0 lead. Alexei Kovalev and Jaromir Jagr connected to tie it. The Hurricanes concluded a season-opening stretch of nine consecutive road games with a 4-2-3 record.

LIGHTNING 2, FLAMES 1In Tampa, Florida, Dan Kesa scored the tiebreaking goal midway in the third period as the Lightning snapped a five-game winless streak. Kesa scored from the left circle during a 2-on-1 break just 21 seconds after the Flames tied it 1-1 on Andrei Nazarov's goal. Tampa Bay goalie Dan Cloutier made 35 saves, and Stephane Richer got his fifth goal of the season. He needs three goals to become the 54th player in NHL history to reach 400 goals.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, CANADIENS 2In Toronto, Sergei Berezin skated the length of the ice to score late in the second period. Alyn McCauley and Igor Korolev also scored for Toronto. Brian Savage continued his early-season tear with his league-leading 10th goal for Montreal, while rookie Mike Ribeiro scored the first of his NHL career. Savage has as many goals as the rest of his teammates combined. With the score 2-2, Berezin took a pass from goalie Curtis Joseph and streaked down the ice against four Canadiens. He took a shot from the blue line, picked up his own rebound, collided with goalie Jeff Hackett and snapped it into the empty net.

ISLANDERS 2, CANUKS 2In Uniondale, New York, Brad Isbister's two goals and Felix Potvin's 32 saves helped the Islanders. Isbister's goals enabled New York to pick up points in consecutive games for the first time this season. Potvin is the only goalie in the NHL to play every minute of his team's games. The Islanders had an apparent goal in overtime disallowed. Jorgen Jonsson put the puck in the net at 1:50, but video review disallowed it. Steve Kariya and Brad May scored for Vancouver.

AVALANCHE 3, THRASHERS 2, OTIn Atlanta, Joe Sakic scored 40 seconds into overtime. The Avalanche's scoring leader with 12 points, Sakic slipped the puck past goaltender Damian Rhodes to register a point for the ninth time in Colorado's 10 games. Atlanta, 0-1-1 following a franchise-first win at the New York Islanders on Oct. 14, is still seeking its first home win. The Thrashers, 0-3-1 at Philips Arena, finished 1-for-6 on power plays. Colorado goalie Patrick Roy won his 417th game, but had to make only 14 saves.

BLUES 3, DEVILS 1St. Louis, Pavol Demitra's goal with 3:10 left extended the Blues' winning streak to four. Demitra took a pass from Michal Handzus at the top of right faceoff circle and fired a shot at New Jersey goalie Chris Terreri. The puck deflected off Terreri's left shoulder and trickled behind him for Demitra's fourth goal. Jochen Hecht added an empty net goal with 55.9 seconds left. Pierre Turgeon got the other St. Louis goal, extending his scoring streak to seven games. Derek King, acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, picked up two assists in his first game with St. Louis.

RED WINGS 1, BLACKHAWKS 0In Chicago, supported by tight defensive play, Chris Osgood stopped 17 shots for his second shutout of the season. Brendan Shanahan's goal early in the second period was all the Red Wings needed offensively to extend their winning streak to four and unbeaten string to six (5-0-1). Overall, Detroit improved to 6-1-1. With the loss, the Blackhawks dropped to 0-4-4 and tied a team record with an eight-game winless streak to start a season. In 1953-54, the Blackhawks got off to an 0-7-1 start.

PREDATORS 4, OILERS 3Nashville, Tennessee, Tom Fitzgerald and Greg Johnson each had a goal and an assist as the Predators went over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The second-year Predators, who have won three straight, are 4-3-1. Mike Dunham made 32 saves to improve to 4-0-0. Edmonton has lost three in a row. Sergei Krivokrasov and Ville Peltonen also scored for Nashville. Alexander Selivanov and Oilers rookie Paul Comrie had goals 47 seconds apart.

BRUINS 3, SHARKS 1In San Jose, California, rookie goaltender John Grahame stopped 31 shots as Boston snapped a season-opening nine-game winless streak (0-5-4). Anson Carter, Darren Van Impe and Kyle McLaren each scored power-play goals as Grahame earned his first career win against the NHL's highest-scoring team. Boston matched the team record for the longest winless streak to start a season. The Bruins started the 1964-65 season 0-8-1. The loss was the second in a row since a four-game winning streak for the Sharks (7-4), who got a late power-play goal from Patrick Marleau. San Jose's Owen Nolan, whose 17 points lead the league, saw his 10-game point-scoring streak snapped. Sharks goaltender Steve Shields, whose six wins top the league, allowed two goals on 14 first-period shots and was pulled in favor of Mike Vernon.

COYOTES 2, CAPITALS 2, tieIn Phoenix, Jeremy Roenick, returning from a five-game suspension, scored two third-period goals for Phoenix. Roenick's breakaway goal on the power play with 10:33 remaining allowed Phoenix to remain unbeaten at home (3-0-1). The Coyotes are off to the best start (5-1-3) in the history of the franchise, which joined the NHL in 1979 as the Winnipeg Jets. Peter Bondra and Chris Simon scored for Washington, coming off a 7-1 loss at Anaheim. Mikhail Shtalenkov finished with 24 saves and got an assist on Roenick's game-tying goal. Olaf Kolzig stopped 33 shots for Washington.

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