Panthers snap losing streak in game against Ducks


AP

SUNRISE, Florida — Brad Boyes scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots as the Florida Panthers snapped a nine-game losing streak Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Scottie Upshall and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, who earned their first win under new coach Peter Horachek and ended Anaheim’s five-game winning streak. Upshall also had an assist to help Florida rally from two goals down.

The Panthers won for the first time since beating Minnesota 2-1 on Oct. 19. It was their first victory in three games under Horachek, who took over when Kevin Dineen was fired last Friday.

Hampus Lindholm and Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks (15-4-1), who lead the NHL with 31 points. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves but lost for the first time in seven career starts.

Sabres 3, Kings 2, SO Cody Hodgson scored two goals, Ryan Miller made 43 saves as Buffalo beat Los Angeles to avoid matching the worst home start in NHL history.

Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout for the Sabres (4-15-1) and Miller stopped both Los Angeles shooters. Buffalo was winless in its first nine home games, one short of the NHL record set by Pittsburgh in 1983-84.

Justin Williams and Dwight King scored in regulation for the Kings (11-7-0), who had won their previous two games.

Despite the loss, Los Angeles was the dominant team and controlled most of the play. The Kings outshot the Sabres 45-17 for the game, holding a 15-4 advantage after one period and 30-7 after two.

Sharks 3, Flames 2, OT Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into overtime to propel San Jose to a victory over Calgary that snapped a five-game winless streak.

Stuart joined the rush and broke for the net and had Joe Thornton’s shot deflect off him and past Reto Berra for the winner.

Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose. During their skid, they had three shootout losses and one loss in overtime.

San Jose dominated play throughout the game, outshooting Calgary 35-13. The Sharks were particularly strong in the first two periods, building a 2-0 lead with a 28-6 edge in shots.

Mike Cammalleri and Kris Russell scored for Calgary in the third period. The Flames are winless in their past four.

Coyotes 3, Blues 2, OT Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 56 seconds into overtime and Mike Smith made 37 saves to give Phoenix a victory over St. Louis.

Ekman-Larsson, who had an assist on Phoenix’s first goal, took a pass from Mike Ribeiro and beat goalie Jaroslav Halak with a shot from just inside the blue line.

Smith had faced the most shots of any NHL goalie coming into the game (516). He saw another 39 in this one, including 13 in the third period.