Spurgeon leads Wild past reeling Senators
Jared Spurgeon scored twice to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday.
Jordan Greenway and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (20-17-3), who improved to 2-0 on a fourgame trip. Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots.
The Senators (15-22-5) dropped their seventh consecutive game.
Anders Nilsson made 22 saves in his Senators debut after he was acquired Wednesday in a trade with Vancouver.
Bruins 2, Sabres 1: Chris Wagner and David Backes scored, Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots and Boston beat Buffalo at home for its fourth straight victory. Boston won three of four games in the season series against Buffalo. Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 3, OT: Seth Jones scored 18 seconds into overtime and Columbus won at Florida. Brandon Dubinsky, Josh Anderson and Anthony Duclair also scored for the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves. The Blue Jackets have won seven of their past nine games.
Predators 4, Candiens 1: Craig Smith scored two goals and Nashville won at Montreal. Mattias Ekholm and Viktor Arvidsson also scored for Nashville. P.K. Subban had two assists. Maple Leafs 5, Canucks 0: Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots for his first shutout in more than two years, Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists, and Toronto beat Vancouver at home. John Tavares, Andreas Johnsson, Trevor Moore and Igor Ozhiganov also scored as the Maple Leafs snapped a two-game skid that followed a five-game winning streak.
Islanders 4, Blues 3: Jordan Eberle and Johnny Boychuk scored 11 seconds apart in the third period as New York won at St. Louis. Eberle’s goal tie the game at 2 and Boychuk gave New York the lead.
All-Star Game coaches named: Coaches of Jets, Capitals, Lightning, Flames to work NHL All-Star Game this month in San Jose.
The four coaches for this month’s NHL All-Star Game will be Paul Maurice of Winnipeg, Todd Reirden of Washington, Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay and Bill Peters of Calgary.
Each of the teams is a division leader – Winnipeg (Central), Washington (Metropolitan), Tampa Bay (Atlantic) and Calgary (Pacific).
The NHL All-Star Weekend is Jan. 25-26 in San Jose, California. The threegame tournament is played in a 3-on-3 format with teams from each division.