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Enroth the savior as Sabres strike Lightning 3-1

TAMPA, Florida -- Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves to spoil the return of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos had been sidelined since breaking his right shin Nov. 11 at Boston, causing him to miss 45 games. The center received a partial standing ovation during pregame introductions, when it was announced that he is the new team captain.

Right wing Ryan Callahan, acquired Wednesday from the New York Rangers for former Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis, made his Lightning debut.

Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres. Enroth stopped a combined seven shots by Stamkos (three) and Callahan (four) through two periods.

Kings 3, Jets 1 Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal on a giveaway by the Winnipeg Jets to lift the Los Angeles Kings to their sixth straight victory.

Dustin Brown scored Los Angeles' first goal and Alec Martinez added a third-period power-play goal. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for the Kings (36-22-6).

Olli Jokinen had his 15th goal for Winnipeg (30-27-7) and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots.

Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom was at the boards by the Kings' bench and made a pass across the ice that was supposed to be for Jokinen, but Richards intercepted it halfway, crossed the blue line and then fired a shot by Pavelec at 16:15 of the second period.

Coyotes 5, Canadiens 2 Radim Vrbata scored two goals and the Phoenix Coyotes bounced back from a shaky second period to beat Montreal, their first win over the Canadiens since 1998.

The Coyotes wanted to jump on Montreal early after the Canadiens won a six-round shootout against the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks the night before and did just that, scoring three goals in the first period.

The Canadiens fought back, though, holding the Coyotes to one shot in the second period while setting up Alex Galchenyuk's goal on a two-man advantage.

Vrbata made it a two-goal lead in the third period and Shane Doan scored less than 2 minutes later to put it out of reach, giving Phoenix its first winning streak since Jan. 16-18. It was the team's first win over Montreal since Dec. 9, 1998, in Arizona.

Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist, and P.K. Subban had a pair of assists for Montreal.

Bruins 3, Capitals 0 Tuukka Rask got the first win of his career against Washington, Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson scored second-period goals and the Boston Bruins beat the Capitals 3-0.

Rask's sixth shutout of the season and 22nd of his career came just five days after the Capitals beat him 4-2, also in Boston. But since then Washington is 0-3 and Boston is 3-0.

Rask was 0-3-3 against the Capitals, but was rarely challenged Thursday when his teammates' tight checking limited Washington's opportunities. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby suffered his first loss against the Bruins after winning the first four matchups of his career.

Boston finished the scoring on Brad Marchand's empty-net goal with 1:34 left.

Avalanche 3, Red Wings 2, OT Andre Benoit scored off an assist from rookie Nathan MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche over the Detroit Red Wings.

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