SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Carolina at Montreal (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Canadiens (5-1-1) and Hurricanes (4-2-1) try to build on strong starts.

STARS
-Jason Spezza, Senators, had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 victory over Buffalo, snapping a four-game skid.
-Chris Drury, Rangers, scored his first two goals in a 4-2 win over the Islanders in the opening New York-New York matchup of the season.
-Mikko Koivu, Wild, had three assists to help Minnesota remain the only NHL team without a regulation loss by beating Chicago 3-2.
-Dennis Wideman and Tim Thomas, Bruins. Wideman scored 3:18 into overtime and Thomas made 27 saves, leading Boston to a 1-0 win over Edmonton.
-Valtteri Filppula, Red Wings, turned a turnover into the tying goal with 1:54 left in the third period, and Detroit beat the Kings 4-3 in a shootout.
FAMILY MATTERS
3 straight games. The Capitals were not sure when Ovechkin would return.

HURT
Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro sat out Monday night's game against the Rangers due to an undisclosed lower body injury the team said is unrelated to previous ailments. DiPietro had surgery to fix a knee and hip during the offseason and didn't play the first four games of the season. DiPietro was examined by a doctor on Monday, but no details were provided.

ANYONE SEE IT?
The Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets was seen by just 10,494 fans, the smallest NHL crowd ever at Nationwide Arena.

STOPPER
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom improved to 11-0-1 in his past 12 decisions dating back to last season. He stopped 34 shots in a 3-2 win over Chicago Monday night.

OUT AGAIN
Injury-plagued Canucks forward Rick Rypien has a sports hernia that will require surgery and is out indefinitely. The 24-year-old undrafted fourth-liner has broke his leg and thumb and had groin injuires since earning a spot with Vancouver in 2005-06.

STAT
With a 5-2 loss to Ottawa, the Sabres (6-1-2) became the last Eastern Conference team to lose in regulation. Buffalo came in as the top defensive team in the league after allowing just 1.6 goals per game. ... The Wild are the last undefeated team in regulation (6-0-1).

SPEAKING
me from Mikko's line, and it's a lot of goals. If you look at their shifts, their shifts are all in the offensive zone. They control the puck so well, move the puck so well.'' - Wild coach Jaques Lemaire on Mikko Koivu, who had three assists in a 3-2 win over Chicago.

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