Maxim Afinogenov scored two goals and assisted on another as Buffalo beat host Atlanta last night, 4-0, in the first career shutout for rookie goalie Martin Biron.
The Sabres snapped a three-game losing streak, taking control with two goals 21 seconds apart early in the second period. The Thrashers lost for the fifth time in six games and watched rookie center Patrik Stefan crumple to the ice with another head injury.
The NHL's No. 1 overall pick went down with a minor concussion in the first period, following at least two concussions in the minor leagues. While his status was listed as day-to-day, Stefan will definitely miss tonight's game in Buffalo.
* ISLANDERS 3, AVALANCHE 2: Claude Lapointe scored two goals in a 2 minute 20 second span of the third period as New York beat Colorado in Denver. Felix Potvin made 28 saves for the Islanders, Zdeno Chara added a goal, and Steve Webb had an assist for his first point since March 6, 1997. The victory was the Islanders' first on the road over the Colorado-Quebec franchise since Feb. 5, 1994.
* FLAMES 3, RED WINGS 1: Fred Brathwaite made 28 saves as host Calgary won for the first time in regulation this season, beating Detroit, 3-1. The Flames are 6-12-2, with the five previous victories coming in overtime. Brathwaite was especially sharp in the second period when the Red Wings outshot Calgary, 14-7, yet fell behind 2-0.
* MIGHTY DUCKS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2: Paul Kariya reached the 400-point mark with an assist on Frederick Olausson's goal during a two-man advantage as Anaheim beat visiting Chicago. Steve Rucchin out-hustled two Chicago defenseman to score from behind the net, Niclas Havelid recorded his first NHL goal, and Marty McInnis also scored for the Ducks, 9-3-3 in their last 15 games against Chicago.