NEW YORK (AP) -Steve Valiquette outdueled Toronto's Vesa Toskala in a goalie showdown, and Fredrik Sjostrom scored the deciding goal in a shootout to lift the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Valiquette allowed a goal in the tiebreaker to Nikolai Kulemin, but earned his third NHL shutout when Jason Blake hit the post on the final shot of the shootout.
Nikolai Zherdev opened the shootout with a goal for the Rangers, who bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday night to improve to 6-1. Toronto is 0-1-2 since opening with a victory over the Stanley Cup champion Detroit.
Three of Valiquette's 11 career victories have come against the Maple Leafs, including a shootout victory last season. He skated off as the first star of the game to chants of ``Vall-ey! Vall-ey!'' from the appreciative Madison Square Garden crowd.
t is expected back Saturday night in Detroit.
Blue Jackets 5, Predators 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Rick Nash had two goals and rookies Nikita Filatov and Jake Voracek added goals in a Columbus-record span of 8 seconds.
The victory ended Nashville's string of 16 consecutive games with a point against Columbus (15-0-1). It was the longest active streak in an NHL regular-season series.
Filatov - an 18-year-old playing in his first career NHL game - and Voracek scored 8 seconds apart in the opening period. Jason Chimera also scored for Columbus.
Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire left the game with just over 5 minutes left. He stopped a hard shot with the palm side of his blocker, then left the ice in pain while holding out his bare right hand.
Nashville's Greg de Vries and Scott Nichol scored in an 11-second span in the second period, and J.P. Dumont added a goal.
Sabres 5, Canucks 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Thomas Vanek scored his NHL-leading sixth goal and added two assists, and Ales Kotalik scored twice to help Buffalo improve to 4-0.
Jaroslav Spacek had a goal and assist, Clarke MacArthur also scored, and Ryan Miller finished with 23 saves. Ryan Kesler and Steve Bernier scored for the Canucks, coming off an overtime victory over Detroit on Thursday night.
Senators 6, Coyotes 3
OTTAWA (AP) - Jason Spezza had two goals and two assists, Jarko Ruutu also scored twice, and Martin Gerber made 34 saves for Ottawa.
Dany Heatley and Anton Volchenkov added goals for the Senators. Daniel Alfredsson had two assists in his first game since having knee surgery a week ago.
Shane Doan, Enver Lisin and Mikkel Boedker had third-period goals for Phoenix.

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