Miroslav Satan broke a scoring drought with three goals and Dominik Hasek made 36 saves for his eighth shutout this season, helping the Buffalo Sabres extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games with a 3-0 triumph Sunday over the slumping Washington Capitals.
Hasek is tied with Dallas goalie Ed Belfour for the league lead in shutouts. Buffalo, 6-0-6 in its last 12 games, has the longest unbeaten streak in the NHL this season.Satan, who hadn't had a goal since Dec. 30, provided all the offense for the Sabres, who have not lost since dropping a 3-0 decision in Philadelphia on Jan. 20. Since that loss, Buffalo has outscored its opponents 38-21.
The three-goal performance gave Satan a team-high 20 goals for the season, one more than defenseman Alexei Zhitnik.
Washington is winless in six games, going 0-5-1 in that span, and has lost four straight. The Capitals, who suffered their fifth shutout of the season, have dropped four consecutive games at MCI Center.
For the fourth straight game, Washington fell behind by two goals. This time, they couldn't recover against Hasek, who backstopped the Czech Republic to the gold meal in the Nagano Olympics.
Buffalo turned a tripping penalty against Washington's Kelly Miller into a 1-0 lead 2:51 into the game. Satan scored his 18th goal of the season, and his first since Dec. 30, by whacking his own rebound past Kolzig at the right side of the crease on the power play.
Hasek, who hasn't had a shutout since a 3-0 win over Ottawa on Dec. 31, stopped all 15 of Washington's second-period shots. But two saves he made in the opening five minutes of the period deflated the Capitals, who outshot the Sabres 36-20 for the game.
BRUINS 5, ISLANDERS 4: At Uniondale, N.Y., Steve Heinze and Tim Taylor scored goals 38 seconds apart early in the third period to snap a tie and give the Boston Bruins a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.
Taylor had two goals for Boston, which stretched its unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1). Jason Allison and Sergei Samsonov also tallied for the Bruins, who won only their second game on Long Island in their last eight tries (2-4-2). Byron Dafoe stopped 24 shots for his career-high 20th victory.
Three of New York's scores were power play goals, as Zigmund Palffy scored twice, and Kenny Jonsson once. Trevor Linden scored his first goal for the Islanders as well.
Tommy Salo started in goal for New York and stopped just 14 shots before being replaced by Wade Flaherty, who added six saves.
BLACKHAWKS 2, STARS 2: At Chicago, Eric Daze and Greg Johnson took advantage of Dallas' overly aggressive play to score on 5-on-3 power plays as the Chicago Blackhawks tied the Stars 2-2 Sunday.
Pat Verbeek and Benoit Hogue scored for Dallas, which had its five-game winning streak snapped but still pushed its NHL-leading point total to 85.
The tie completed a successful weekend against the Western Conference's best teams for the Blackhawks, who won 4-0 at Colorado on Saturday. Chicago had lost its first three games against Dallas this season by a combined 12-1.