It took them until game No. 8 of the season, and even then they needed a shootout, but the Buffalo Sabres are finally in the win column this season thanks to their 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
With Buffalo's win the New Jersey Devils remain the only winless team in the NHL (which is incredible, seeing as how they're still in fifth place in an eight team division).
While the Sabres were busy earning their first win of the season, two teams -- the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche -- remain unbeaten as both clubs improved to 6-0-0 on the season. San Jose dismantled the St. Louis Blues (who also entered Tuesday's action unbeaten) while Colorado picked up a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars thanks to another goal from Matt Duchene and a spectacular goaltending performance from Semyon Varlamov.
All the NHL Scores
Maple Leafs 4, Wild 1
Sabres 4, Islanders 3
Canucks 3, Flyers 2
Penguins 3, Oilers 2
Sharks 6, Blues 2
Avalanche 3, Stars 2
Senators 4, Coyotes 3
On Tuesday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. How will Nail Yakupov perform against the Pittsburgh Penguins?
After being a healthy scratch in back-to-back games Nail Yakupov returned to the lineup on Tuesday night in Edmonton's 3-2 loss to the Penguins. Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said that he thought Yakupov did a lot of the little things they asked him to do away from the puck, and he seemed to create a couple of chances. The Oilers played well enough to get a win, but just couldn't get a bounce to go their way. It was probably one of their best efforts of the season.
2. Will the Flyers cut down on minor penalties?
Yes, the Flyers took just two minor penalties, both in the first period, but it wasn't good enough to avoid yet another loss, this time dropping a 3-2 decision to the Vancouver Canucks. Bad bounces like this one that ate up Steve Masoncertainly aren't helping the Flyers right now.
3. How will James Reimer fare in his return to the crease?
He was stellar for the Maple Leafs in a 4-1 win (more on this game in a bit), turning aside 37 of the 38 shots he faced. In other words, it was your typical Maple Leafs win.
4. Will the Buffalo Sabres record their first win of the season?
Yes! They're still searching for their first regulation win of the season, but Buffalo fans aren't going to complain about winning in a shootout. The Sabres knocked off the Islanders 4-3, leaving the New Jersey Devils as the only winless team in the NHL.
5. Will the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues both remain unbeaten?
San Jose dominated this one, 6-2, running their early season record to 6-0-0 for the second straight season. And what's incredible about this year's start is that it's even more dominant than what they did at the start of last season.
The one play or moment from Tuesday's games that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.
What is the NHL going to do about Maxim Lapierre? On Tuesday we saw the league throw the book at Patrick Kaleta, hammering him with a 10-game suspension for his hit on Jack Johnson. There was no significant injury as a result of that play, and Kaleta's history played a significant role in the punishment. Well, not only does Lapierre have a suspension history, his hit also resulted in a serious injury that caused San Jose's Dan Boyle to leave the game on a stretcher. There's a good chance that Lapierre won't be on the ice in St. Louis for quite a while.
Stat of the Night
The Toronto Maple Leafs did it again. They've been tormenting the NHL's analytical community since the start of last season by continuing to win games while being drastically outshot. Their 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday was perhaps the most Maple Leafs win ever as they were outshot 38-14. They didn't reach the 10-shot mark until there were less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period. Since 1987-88 there have only been 41 other instances in which a team allowed more than 35 shots on goal and recorded fewer than 15 and still won. This is what the Maple Leafs do, and they've shown no sign of changing.
Post to Post
- The NHL has fined Washington's Jason Chimera for boarding Edmonton's Justin Schultz, and suspended Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta 10 games for his hit on Columbus' Jack Johnson.
- Chris Pronger is never going to play again, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.
- How to project future performance based on one standout season.
- The Buffalo Sabres finally have a win thanks to Tuesday's game, but they're still searching for answers.