No ques­tion about it: Lehner’s team­mates re­spond to chal­lenge


The Washington Post Sunday - - HOCKEY - NHL ROUNDUP

Goal­tender Robin Lehner and the Buf­falo Sabres have been on a roll since Lehner ques­tioned his team­mates’ com­mit­ment a week ago. Lehner stopped 16 shots in the third pe­riod and 37 over­all, and the Sabres snapped the vis­it­ing St. Louis Blues’ six-game win­ning streak with a 3-2 vic­tory on Satur­day.

“I don’t think it’s about spark. As I said be­fore, it’s the small, mi­nor de­tails that’s been hurt­ing us,” Lehner said. “It’s not been many times this year where I felt we could com­plain about our ef­fort. Slowly but surely, we’re start­ing to put it to­gether.”

Lehner had a far dif­fer­ent re­ac­tion fol­low­ing a 4-2 loss to Van­cou­ver on Feb. 12. He chal­lenged his team­mates to look them­selves in the mir­ror and said coaches and fans de­served bet­ter.

The Sabres re­sponded by ral­ly­ing for a 3-2 win at Ot­tawa on Tues­day. They fol­lowed with a 2-0 win over Colorado on Thurs­day.

JETS 3, CANA­DI­ENS 1: Patrik Laine and Win­nipeg spoiled Coach Claude Julien’s re­turn to Mon­treal. Laine and Mathieu Per­reault each had a goal and an as­sist.

“We knew we were go­ing to have ev­ery­thing thrown at us in the first pe­riod,” Jets cap­tain Blake Wheeler said.

The Cana­di­ens fired coach Michel Ther­rien on Tues­day and hired Julien in hopes of get­ting their sea­son back on track. Julien also coached Mon­treal from 2003 to 2006. But Julien’s first game back was more of the same for the first-place Cana­di­ens.

DEVILS 3, IS­LANDERS 2: Cory Sch­nei­der made 40 saves, and Travis Za­jac had a goal and an as­sist for New Jersey in Ne­wark. Sch­nei­der also stopped a penalty shot by New York’s John Tavares.

OIL­ERS 3, BLACK­HAWKS 1: Cam Tal­bot made 38 saves, and Con­nor McDavid scored his 20th goal for Ed­mon­ton. Matt Ben­ning and Mi­lan Lu­cic also scored for the Oil­ers in Chicago in the opener of their sea­son-high six-game road trip. McDavid leads the NHL in points.

SEN­A­TORS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Mark Stone had a goal and four as­sists, and De­rock Bras­sard added two goals and an as­sist for Ot­tawa in Toronto.

SHARKS 4, COY­OTES 1: Brent Burns scored two goals, and Aaron Dell had a ca­reer-high 36 saves to lift San Jose to its first win this sea­son over last-place Ari­zona in Glen­dale, Ariz.

STARS 4, LIGHT­NING 3 (OT): An­toine Rous­sel had his first ca­reer hat trick for host Dal­las, and Jamie Benn scored 3:47 into over­time to beat Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay dom­i­nated over­time un­til Benn passed to Cody Eakin, took a re­turn pass and sent a shot past An­drei Vasilevskiy.

WILD 5, PREDA­TORS 2: Ja­son Zucker scored two goals and added an as­sist for Min­nesota in St. Paul, Minn. The Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Wild sur­passed last sea­son’s to­tal with its 39th win. Colin Wil­son and P.K. Sub­ban scored for Nashville.


Sabres goalie Robin Lehner made 16 saves in the third pe­riod, in­clud­ing this one on Jori Le­htera.

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