RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes talked in the locker room before Monday night's game about how they felt they were due for a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Columbus had won seven straight in the series, including a dramatic comeback victory the last time the teams met in Raleigh at the end of December.
"We knew we owed `em one," Eric Staal said. "We wanted to pay them back for some of the good games they played against us," (see full recap).
Fleury, Penguins blank Sabres
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are still determined to finish as the NHL's best team - despite a recent slump.
The Penguins rebounded from a loss on Saturday and beat the league's worst team on Monday night as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout, a 3-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres.
"When you play 82 every one isn't going to be perfect, but we're trying to be the best, not just into late June, but every game," Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said (see full recap).
Bruins pull away from Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Boston Bruins' worst period was also their most prolific in a win over the New York Islanders.
After a dominant first in which the Bruins scored only once on 18 shots, Boston overcame sloppiness in the second and scored three times en route to a 6-3 victory Monday night.
The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for three goals and six assists to power the Bruins' offense that has scored 12 goals in two games (see full recap).
Tanguay scores winner to lift Avs
DALLAS -- Alex Tanguay scored the winning goal early in the third period, and Semyon Varlamov made it stand up for the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.
Colorado led twice, but both times Tyler Seguin scored to tie the game for Dallas. Seguin, the Stars' leader with 23 goals, had not scored in 13 games. He also had an assist on Jamie Benn's first-period goal.
Varlamov made 41 saves, including two on Seguin during a third-period power play with the score 4-3. Varlamov has four consecutive wins against Dallas (see full recap).