Blue Jackets, Fritsche jolt Sabres


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dan Fritsche jammed in a rebound on the second try midway through the third period for the decisive goal in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

The Blue Jackets, who had lost five of their previous seven games, came into the third period trailing 2-1. They improved to just 3-22 when down through two periods.

Hurricanes 6, Capitals 2

RALEIGH, N.C. – Justin Williams had two goals and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Devils 2, Lightning 0

TAMPA, Fla. – Martin Brodeur made 28 saves, extending his NHL record for consecutive 30-win seasons to 11, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 Friday night.

Wild 2, Flames 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Pavol Demitra and Petteri Nummelin scored in the shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Blues 2, Red Wings 1

ST. LOUIS – Bill Guerin scored 1:09 into overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit on Friday night.

Predators 3, Hawks 1

CHICAGO – Vernon Fiddler scored the winner with 2:21 left in the third period, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Friday night.