Herb Brooks says the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't had enough time yet to learn his system. Try telling them that.
German Titov scored Pittsburgh's first short-handed goal this season and the host Penguins beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2, last night for their third consecutive victory under Brooks. Martin Straka and Matthew Barnaby also scored for the Penguins, who were six games under .500 before Brooks replaced Kevin Constantine last Thursday.
"I'm happy with the chemistry we've got going," Brooks said. "That's something that really matters in the locker room. We've got guys that have won the Olympics, world championships, Stanley Cups. Their attitude is very professional."
The Penguins again played the up-tempo, crisscrossing European style that Brooks prefers yet limited Boston's scoring chances as Jean-Sebastien Aubin played his fourth consecutive strong game by making 24 saves.
"They have two very dangerous lines going, and they're very European," the Bruins' Rob DiMaio said. "If you let them wheel and deal, it may be fun to watch but it's hard to play against them."
SABRES 3, FLYERS 1: In Buffalo, Flyers center Eric Lindros and goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck took the night off and the Sabres took full advantage. Buffalo's Maxim Afinogenov, Michal Grosek and Jason Woolley scored, and rookie goalie Martin Biron continued to impress in place of injured Dominik Hasek with 23 saves for his 11th win.
PREDATORS 4, LIGHTNING 4: Steve Guolla scored with just more than six minutes left in the third period to complete a four-goal comeback as host Tampa Bay tied Nashville. Guolla lifted a backhander over Nashville's Mike Dunham, helping the Lightning record their first four-game unbeaten streak in two years. The comeback was the biggest ever by Tampa Bay.
"Four[-goal lead], I would probably think that it's almost game, set, match. . . . But we shot ourselves in the foot," Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said.
OILERS 4, ISLANDERS 2: Little has changed since Tommy Salo was last at Nassau Coliseum: The seats are still empty and the Islanders keep losing. Salo, who never played a playoff game in any of his five seasons in New York, made 24 saves in his first start against his former team to help Edmonton win.
"It was a little bit special beating my old team," Salo said after the Oilers won for only the third time on the road (3-11-3). "I didn't have any butterflies at all. I felt really comfortable."
DEVILS 7, KINGS 1: Claude Lemieux and Patrik Elias scored in a 48-second span early in the first period and host New Jersey matched its season high for goals. John Madden and Jay Pandolfo also blitzed the Kings, scoring on a short-handed bouncer from the red line and on a breakaway, respectively, in a 49-second span in the second period.
FLAMES 1, BLUES 1: Fred Brathwaite made 49 saves for Calgary as the visiting Flames tied the Blues. Brathwaite had a shutout until the final minute, when Chris Pronger rushed the net and batted home a rebound with 38 seconds remaining to forge the tie. The Flames nearly won in overtime when Marc Savard beat Roman Turek, but the horn sounded before the puck crossed the goal line.
BLACKHAWKS 5, SHARKS 2: Bryan McCabe and Jean-Pierre Dumont scored 12 seconds apart late in the first period and Jocelyn Thibault made 35 saves for visiting Chicago.