Okposo scores twice as Sabres beat Jets; Isles roll over Leafs
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA >> Kyle Okposo scored twice to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday.
Brian Gionta also scored for Buffalo, and Robin Lehner made 37 saves.
Nickolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg early in the third period.
Okposo opened the scoring midway through the first period, regaining control of his own blocked shot and driving it over goalie Michael Hutchinson’s shoulder. Brian Gionta made it 2-0 less than 2 minutes later, and Okposo beat Hutchinson again, this time high on his stick side, to make it 3-0 in the second. PANTHERS 5, RED WINGS 2 >> Colton Sceviour scored three goals — one at even strength, one on the power play and one short-handed — for his first career hat trick and added an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Florida. James Reimer made 34 saves.
Dylan Larkin and Brendan Smith scored for Detroit, and Frans Nielsen had two assists. Peter Mrazek stopped six of the 10 shots before being replaced by Jimmy Howard in the second period. Howard finished with 13 saves. ISLANDERS 5, MAPLE LEAfS 1 >> Brock Nelson and Shane Prince each had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots, and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 Sunday night.
Travis Hamonic, Casey Cizikas and Josh Bailey also scored, and Nikolay Kulemin, Nick Leddy and Dennis Seidenberg each had two assists to help the Islanders snap a two-game skid.
Jake Gardiner scored for the Maple Leafs and Jhonas Enroth finished with 30 saves. Toronto lost its sixth straight on the road (0-3-3). BLACKHAWKS 3, KINGS 0 >> Corey Crawford made 32 saves, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each had a power-play goal and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Sunday night.
Artem Anisimov also scored to extend his career-best point streak to seven games. He has six goals and five assists during the run.
Toews got his first goal of the season — the Chicago captain had just three assists in the Blackhawks’ first eight games. Hossa scored into an empty net with 1:10 remaining. RANGERS 6, LIGHTNING 1 >> Michael Grabner scored three goals to lead the New York Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.
Rick Nash, Jimmy Vesey and J.T. Miller also sacored to help the Rangers win for the fourth time in five games. Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots.
Nash, Grabner and Vesey scored in a span of 2 minutes, 19 seconds midway through the second period to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Miller, who also had two assists, scored late in the second and Grabner added two more in the third to make it 6-0. Kevin Hayes had three asissts. SENATORS 2, OILERS 0 >> Craig Anderson returned following his wife’s cancer diagnosis and made 37 saves for his second shutout in two starts, helping the Ottawa Senators beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Sunday night.
Anderson left the team Thursday to be with his wife, Nicholle, but returned to start this game. Teammates took turns hugging Anderson after the final horn, and the 35-year-old goalie was crying on the ice after being named the game’s first star.