Mike Sillinger and Andrew Cassels scored power-play goals in the third period as the Columbus Blue Jackets spoiled goaltender Ron Tugnutt's homecoming Friday night with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.
Ray Whitney and Tyler Wright added goals for the Blue Jackets. Marc Denis, Tugnutt's understudy for two seasons, kept Columbus in the game by turning away 23 shots in the first period.
Tugnutt was the most popular Blue Jackets player in the first two years of the expansion franchise, then was traded to the Stars last summer for a third-round draft pick. In the 2000 election, he even received six write-in votes for president from Franklin County residents.
"I was fine until right up before the game, and then surprisingly I got a little nervous," said Tugnutt, a 15-year veteran who has played for eight NHL teams.
After receiving a loud ovation when the lineups were announced before the game, Tugnutt allowed a goal on Columbus's first shot.
Dallas set a Nationwide Arena record with 23 shots on goal in the opening period but still trailed 1-0.
Whitney kicked the puck out of a scrum in the corner, regained it unchecked near the left dot and beat Tugnutt inside the far post for his third goal.
* CANADIENS 2, HURRICANES 2: Randy McKay scored his first two goals in a Montreal uniform and a struggling Jose Theodore regained some of his old form as the visiting Canadiens tied Carolina.
The Hurricanes improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven games, but Jeff O'Neill saw his NHL-best 10-game point streak snapped in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference semifinals, won by Carolina in six games.
Theodore stopped 36 of 38 shots, including eight in overtime. Last year's league MVP saved one with 1 minute 45 seconds left in the extra period while the puck was rolling down his back.
* OILERS 1, SABRES 1: Dimitri Kalinin scored a power-play goal at 6:39 of the third period to lift visiting Buffalo to a tie.
With Edmonton's Josh Green in the penalty box for slashing, Kalinin fired a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that deflected off Tommy Salo's glove and in.
Former Oiler Jochen Hecht and Chris Gratton assisted on the goal for the Sabres (3-5-3-0), who are winless in five games.
Janne Niinimaa scored for the Oilers (2-4-3-1), who have managed points in three consecutive games after going winless in five.
Niinimaa's goal, at 8:22 of the second period, was his third of the season. Jiri Dopita and Georges Laraque assisted on the play.
Edmonton's two biggest forwards did a good job of keeping the puck deep in the Buffalo end before Laraque eventually sent a pass out toward the blueline.