NEWARK, N.J. — Cory Schneider earned his third shutout of the season and Michael Ryder scored his team-leading 15th goal as the New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
Schneider finished with 26 saves in his first victory since Dec. 28 against the New York Islanders. Schneider’s previous shutout was also a 1-0 victory against Buffalo on Nov. 30.
Despite stellar goaltending by Kari Lehtonen, who made 33 saves, Dallas dropped its fourth straight.
Ryder connected at 8:17 of the second period on a pass from Travis Zajac. Ryane Clowe sent the puck behind the net and Zajac held on until he could slip it to Ryder for his shot from the edge of the right circle that beat Lehtonen to his stick side.
Hurricanes 6, Maple Leafs 1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, and Jeff Skinner extended his offensive surge with a goal and an assist to lead Carolina to a win over Toronto.
John-Michael Liles, Patrick Dwyer, Zach Boychuk and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their fifth straight game. Liles was playing against his former team for the first time — Carolina sent defenseman Tim Gleason to Toronto for Liles on Jan. 1.
Skinner’s goal was his 17th in his last 17 games, and he improved his point streak to a career-high six games, scoring seven goals and adding five assists in that stretch.
Lindholm had three points in his first game back with Carolina after playing for Sweden in the World Junior Championship.
Panthers 2, Sabres 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brad Boyes tied the game midway through the third period and then was the only player to score in the shootout to rally the Panthers to victory.
Jamie McBain scored for the Sabres, who led until Boyes tipped in a Tom Gilbert shot to tie it up.
Tim Thomas stopped 23 of 24 shots for the Panthers and made three saves in the shootout for the win.
Earlier in the day Buffalo announced the hiring of Tim Murray as the Sabres new general manager.