The Buffalo Sabres are still looking for some consistency this season. The Edmonton Oilers seemed to have found it.
"This is probably as good as we've played all year," Oilers coach John Muckler said following Sunday night's 3-2 victory over the Sabres. "And I still think we can come up a couple of more levels."That would be scary, considering the way the defending Stanley Cup champions have played after a slow start this season.
up to third, only six points behind the leading Los Angeles Kings.
"We've played great hockey over the last 30 games," said team captain Mark Messier after the Oilers' fourth straight victory. "I think if you check the records, we have the best record overall of any of the teams over the last 30 games."
That's not been the case for the Sabres, who were touted at the start of the year as one of the prime contenders for the Stanley Cup. The Sabres have thus far struggled in the middle of the Adams Division pack. They currently are third with a 21-22-10 record.
Craig Simpson scored two third-period goals to lead Edmonton.
The Oilers trailed 2-0 entering the third period. However, Simpson ignited the comeback by scoring at the 55-second mark.
Whalers 1, Islanders 1
Todd Krygier scored in the last minute of the second period, giving Hartford a tie with the Islanders.
Krygier tied the game with 56 seconds left in the period with a weak backhander from the high slot that went between the pads of goaltender Jeff Hackett, who was screened.
Bill Berg had given the Islanders a 1-0 lead when he scored from in front at 12:11 of the second period over a prone Daryl Reaugh.
Bruins 6, Penguins 3
Ray Bourque assisted on three power-play goals and Ralph Barahona scored twice in his NHL debut as Boston beat Pittsburgh for a split of their weekend home-and-home series.
Bourque assisted on goals by Dave Christian, Glen Wesley and Cam Neely.
Beaten 6-2 on four power plays in Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Bruins bounced back to outshoot the Penguins 46-23 and provide goalie Norm Foster with his first victory in two NHL starts.
Jets 4, Rangers 3
Thomas Steen's fluke power-play goal midway through the third period lifted Winnipeg over the Rangers.
Steen broke a 3-3 tie at 9:51 when his centering pass from the right circle hit sliding Rangers defenseman Joe Cirella and deflected past John Vanbiesbrouck.
It was the Jets' third power-play goal in five attempts against a penalty-killing unit rated No. 1 in the NHL at home.