Watching from the bench last night, Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek saw what he could have used recently. Plenty of goals, good luck and the Sabres' first win.
Geoff Sanderson and Erik Rasmussen each scored twice as Buffalo got its first victory since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, 7-3 over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.
Martin Biron made 17 saves in place of Hasek and Michael Peca scored his first goal of the season for the Sabres (1-5-2).
"The important thing is that we won the game," Hasek said. "I'm glad for Marty; he did a very good job."
Hasek was benched for the second time following Buffalo's loss to Nashville on Wednesday, but will start today in Ottawa. Hasek, the two-time league MVP and winner of the Vezina Trophy five of the past six years, was pulled twice from games this season after allowing soft goals.
The Sabres directed the pressure on the other net this time. Curtis Brown and Miroslav Satan also scored for Buffalo, while Sami Kapanen scored twice for Carolina (3-2-3).
This time the bounces went Buffalo's way, too, as its first two goals came on shots that deflected in off Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe, who was yanked after allowing three goals on 13 shots in the first period. He was replaced by Eric Fichaud to start the second, but Fichaud fared even worse, allowing four goals on 15 shots.
* FLAMES 3, PANTHERS 2: Derek Morris scored 20 seconds into overtime and Grant Fuhr became the sixth NHL goaltender to win 400 games, leading visiting Calgary. Valeri Bure scored twice for the Flames.
Fuhr made 29 saves and improved his career record to 400-286-113. Fuhr, 37, needs 48 victories to surpass the NHL record of 447 held by Terry Sawchuk. Colorado's Patrick Roy is the only active goalie with more wins, 416.
Jaroslav Spacek scored twice for Florida.
* FLYERS 2, RANGERS 0: John Vanbiesbrouck made 20 saves as visiting Philadelphia shut out New York in both ends of a home-and-home series. The win, the third straight for the Flyers, came on the heels of Wednesday night's 5-0 shutout, in which Vanbiesbrouck stopped 34 shots. Daymond Langkow and Dan McGillis scored for Philadelphia.
The Rangers lost their third straight and haven't scored in more than 174 minutes.
* COYOTES 6, KINGS 3: In Los Angeles, Deron Quint scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as Phoenix rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
With Jeremy Roenick sitting out the fifth and final game of his suspension for high-sticking Chicago's Tony Amonte in the face, the Coyotes improved to 5-1-2, the best start in franchise history.
* STARS 2, DEVILS 1: Sergei Zubov's 35-foot slap shot 32 seconds into overtime lifted Dallas at home.