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NHL: Sabres Shut Out Islanders


The Buffalo Sabres scored a 3-0 shutout win over the New York Islanders Thursday night in National League Hockey action.

The Sabres have won 10 straight games, and have tied the NHL record for the most wins to start the season set by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1993-94 season. Buffalo could break the record Saturday at home against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Ales Kotalik, Maxim Afinogenov and Jason Pominville provided the scoring for Buffalo, while goalie Ryan Miller made 29 saves.

In other NHL games Thursday, the winners were Philadelphia, New Jersey, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Nashville and Phoenix.

Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne scored in the extra period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 in a shootout. The win was the first under new head coach John Stevens. The New Jersey Devils scored a 2-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers to snap a three-game losing streak. It was the 82nd career shutout for New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur, tying him for fourth place on the all-time list.

The Montreal Canadiens eked out a 3-2 last-second win over the Boston Bruins. Ottawa's Dany Heatley recorded his fourth career hat trick (three goals in one game) in the Senators' 7-2 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Martin St. Louis scored a hat trick to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1.

The Nashville Predators downed the San Jose Sharks 4-2, and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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