BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ryan Miller made 35 saves for his 16th career shutout, Nathan Gerbe scored his first NHL goal, and the Buffalo Sabres halted Washington's six-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory over the league-leading Capitals last night.

Miller, owner of the NHL's best goals-against average, helped the stingy Sabres slow down the high-powered Washington offense that went into the game with a league-high 108 goals.

He preserved his fourth shutout of the season when he robbed Brendan Morrison, who was staring at a wide-open net, with a diving glove save along the ice with 13 minutes left. He then snagged Nicklas Backstrom's shot from in tight 4 minutes later.

Morrison hit the post with 4:45 to go, and Miller steered away 13 shots in the third period.

Gerbe added an assist, and defensemen Steve Montador and Henrik Tallinder also scored for the Sabres (17-9-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Capitals (19-6-6) were shut out for the first time this season. Washington took its first regulation loss in nine games.

Alex Ovechkin, the league's second-highest goal scorer with 20, was held without a point for only the fifth time in his 23 games.

Jose Theodore, who got the start because of Semyon Varlamov's lower body injury, finished with 25 saves.

Washington 0 0 0 – 0

Buffalo 1 2 0 – 3

First period: 1, Buffalo, Montador 2 (Roy, Gerbe), 4:06. Penalties: Kennedy, Buf (hooking), 1:29; Sloan, Was (cross-checking), 7:51; Poti, Was (cross-checking), 19:32.

Second period: 2, Buffalo, Gerbe 1 (Roy, Stafford), 14:42 (pp). 3, Buffalo, Tallinder 2 (Pominville), 17:58. Penalties: Green, Was (high-sticking), 13:31; Ovechkin, Was (diving), 15:55; Roy, Buf (tripping), 15:55.

Third period: None. Penalties: None.

Shots on Goal: Washington 11-11-13–35. Buffalo 11-13-4–28.

Power-play opportunities: Washington 0 of 1; Buffalo 1 of 3.

Goalies: Washington, Theodore 7-4-4 (28 shots-25 saves). Buffalo, Miller 17-6-2 (35-35).

Referees: Marc Joannette, Chris Lee.

Linesmen: Steve Barton, Pierre Champoux.

Attendance: 17,982 (18,690). Time: 2:18.

Jackets 3, Panthers 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jason Chimera scored for the third straight game, and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season to lead Columbus past Florida.

Derick Brassard ended a 14-game scoring drought with a late goal for Columbus, which captured a showdown between teams that had each won just one of their previous nine games.

Samuel Pahlsson added an odd empty-netter with 1:28 left, scoring unassisted after winning a center-ice face off.

The Panthers lost their third game in a row.

Florida 0 0 0 – 0

Columbus 1 0 2 – 3

First period: 1, Columbus, Chimera 7, 18:19. Penalties: None.

Second period: None. Penalties: Matthias, Fla (hooking), 11:07.

Third period: 2, Columbus, Brassard 4 (Torres, Stralman), 14:10. 3, Columbus, Pahlsson 2, 18:32 (en). Penalties: Huselius, Clm (delay of game), 10:07; Murray, Clm (hooking), 11:44; Vermette, Clm (hooking), 15:26; Duco, Fla, misconduct, 19:02; Oreskovich, Fla (high-sticking), 19:02.

Shots on Goal: Florida 8-16-8–32. Columbus 12-11-9–32.

Power-play opportunities: Florida 0 of 3; Columbus 0 of 2.

Goalies: Florida, Vokoun 7-10-6 (31 shots-29 saves). Columbus, Mason 10-8-5 (32-32).

Referees: Kevin Pollock, Wes McCauley. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Ryan Galloway.

Attendance: 12,800 (18,144). Time: 2:17.

Devils 4, Hurricanes 2

NEWARK, N.J. - Andy Greene scored consecutive goals, the first two-goal game of the defenseman's career, as surging New Jersey beat Carolina.

Patrik Elias and Rob Niedermayer also scored for the Devils, who have won four straight and seven of eight. Martin Brodeur made 21 saves.

Brandon Sutter, the son of former Devils coach Brent Sutter, had the first goal for the Hurricanes (7-18-5). Tuomo Ruutu added a power-play goal.

Carolina 0 2 0 – 2

New Jersey 2 1 1 – 4

First period: 1, New Jersey, Elias 4 (Bergfors, Parise), 11:11. 2, New Jersey, Greene 4 (Langenbrunner, Pandolfo), 17:53. Penalties: Cole, Car (boarding), 13:06.

Second period: 3, New Jersey, Greene 5 (Parise), 6:05 (pp). 4, Carolina, Sutter 7 (Pitkanen), 6:48. 5, Carolina, Ruutu 7 (Jokinen, Pitkanen), 8:46 (pp). Penalties: Mottau, NJ (tripping), 1:21; Whitney, Car (high-sticking), 5:39; Niedermayer, NJ (hooking), 8:23; Cole, Car (slashing), 10:04; Ruutu, Car (hooking), 13:40.

Third period: 6, New Jersey, Niedermayer 4, 19:59 (en-sh). Penalties: Mottau, NJ (boarding), 1:04; A.Ward, Car (holding), 14:54; Salvador, NJ (cross-checking), 19:47.

Shots on Goal: Carolina 7-9-7–23. New Jersey 10-13-8–31.

Power-play opportunities: Carolina 1 of 4; New Jersey 1 of 5.

Goalies: Carolina, C.Ward 2-10-3 (30 shots-27 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 19-7-1 (23-21).

Referees: David Banfield, Dan Marouelli. Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Jean Morin.

Attendance: 12,013 (17,625). Time: 2:18.

Leafs 3, Islanders 2

TORONTO - Jason Blake knocked home a bouncing puck with less than 5 minutes remaining against his former team, and Toronto held on for a victory over New York.

Blake's winning goal came when the puck hit fellow forward Mikhail Grabovski's skate in the corner and squirted in front.

Francois Beauchemin and Ian White also had goals for Toronto.

John Tavares had both goals for the Islanders.

N.Y. Islanders 0 0 2 – 2

Toronto 2 0 1 – 3

First period: 1, Toronto, Beauchemin 3 (Kaberle, Stempniak), 6:03 (pp). 2, Toronto, White 5 (Stajan, Hagman), 14:40. Penalties: Moulson, NYI (holding stick), 5:36; Moulson, NYI (holding), 12:39.

Second period: None. Penalties: Exelby, Tor (hooking), 3:08; Roloson, NYI, served by Moulson (roughing), 12:40; White, Tor (holding), 19:57.

Third period: 3, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 14 (Okposo, Tambellini), 1:32 (pp). 4, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 15 (Okposo, Schremp), 11:54 (pp). 5, Toronto, Blake 5 (Grabovski), 15:55. Penalties: Komisarek, Tor (interference), :19; Witt, NYI (roughing), 11:48; Mayers, Tor (roughing, boarding), 11:48; Streit, NYI (interference), 12:36; Hillen, NYI (holding), 16:27.

Shots on Goal: N.Y. Islanders 10-8-14–32. Toronto 13-10-12–35.

Power-play opportunities: N.Y. Islanders 2 of 4; Toronto 1 of 5.

Goalies: N.Y. Islanders, Roloson 9-4-5 (35 shots-32 saves). Toronto, Toskala 3-4-2 (32-30).

Referees: Paul Devorski, Brad Meier.

Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Tim Nowak.

Attendance: 19,102 (18,819). Time: 2:25.

Blues 1, Red Wings 0

DETROIT - Brad Boyes scored early and Ty Conklin held on late for a shutout, leading St. Louis over Detroit.

Conklin made 42 saves against the team that couldn't afford to keep him around as a backup.

Jimmy Howard gave up a goal on the second shot he faced 1:56 into the game and finished with 25 saves, getting the start ahead of slumping Chris Osgood.

The Blues have won three straight road games.

St. Louis 1 0 0 – 1

Detroit 0 0 0 – 0

First period: 1, St. Louis, Boyes 8 (Colaiacovo, McDonald), 1:56. Penalties: Conklin, StL, served by Tkachuk (tripping), 6:19; Backes, StL (cross-checking), 13:44.

Second period: None. Penalties: Ericsson, Det (interference), 1:21; Bertuzzi, Det (holding), 7:45; Backes, StL (delay of game), 12:06; Polak, StL (boarding), 13:07; Lidstrom, Det (interference), 18:20.

Third period: None. Penalties: Johnson, StL (cross-checking), 4:35; McDonald, StL (goaltender interference), 15:05; Abdelkader, Det (high-sticking), 17:17.

Shots on Goal: St. Louis 4-17-5–26. Detroit 13-14-15–42.

Power-play opportunities: St. Louis 0 of 4; Detroit 0 of 6.

Goalies: St. Louis, Conklin 5-2-1 (42 shots-42 saves). Detroit, Howard 8-6-1 (26-25).

Attendance: 18,165 (20,066). Time: 2:26.

Referees: Don Van Massenhoven, Brian Pochmara. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Brian Mach.

Oilers 3, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. - Zack Stortini scored his third goal of the season and had two fights as Edmonton beat Tampa Bay.

Stortini won a battle behind the net for the puck, moved toward the slot and scored to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead at 11:07 of the second period. He fought Zenon Konopka late in the first and again in the second.

Tom Gilbert and Dustin Penner also scored for the Oilers.

Edmonton 1 2 0 – 3

Tampa Bay 1 1 0 – 2

First period: 1, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 6 (Lecavalier, Malone), 1:08. 2, Edmonton, Gilbert 2 (Nilsson, Stortini), 11:21. Penalties: Meszaros, TB (hooking), 4:59; Gagner, Edm (holding), 5:36; Stortini, Edm, major (fighting), 17:38; Konopka, TB, major (fighting), 17:38.

Second period: 3, Edmonton, Penner 17 (Gagner, Brule), 6:31. 4, Tampa Bay, Hedman 2 (St. Louis), 7:34. 5, Edmonton, Stortini 3 (Stone), 11:07. Penalties: Stone, Edm, major (fighting), 3:15; Downie, TB, served by Fedoruk, minor-major (tripping, fighting), 3:15; Stone, Edm (roughing), 14:53; Stortini, Edm, major (fighting), 14:53; Konopka, TB, major (fighting), 14:53; Downie, TB (roughing), 14:53; Hedman, TB (hooking), 14:53; Brule, Edm (goaltender interference), 15:28.

Third period: None. Penalties: Stortini, Edm (roughing), 3:28; Moreau, Edm (slashing), 5:24; Konopka, TB (holding stick), 13:54.

Shots on Goal: Edmonton 11-13-8–32. Tampa Bay 10-9-15–34.

Power-play opportunities: Edmonton 0 of 4; Tampa Bay 0 of 4.

Goalies: Edmonton, Deslauriers 7-4-2 (34 shots-32 saves). Tampa Bay, Smith 5-7-5 (32-29).

Referees: Tom Kowal, Francois St. Laurent. Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Jay Sharrers.

Attendance: 13,477 (19,758). Time: 2:35.

Blackhawks 2, Rangers 1

CHICAGO - Dustin Byfuglien skated down the left side past defenseman Matt Gilroy and beat Henrik Lundqvist with 1:17 left in overtime, giving Chicago the win over New York.

The Blackhawks tied the game with 5:55 left in regulation on a power play when Jonathan Toews chipped in a goal after a scrum in front of the net as Chicago finally got one past Lundqvist, who finished with 39 saves.

Christopher Higgins scored for the Rangers in the first period.

N.Y. Rangers 1 0 0 0 – 1

Chicago 0 0 1 1 – 2

First period: 1, N.Y. Rangers, Higgins 4 (Gaborik, Rozsival), 12:10. Penalties: Callahan, NYR (tripping), 3:58; Drury, NYR (holding), 18:08; Brouwer, Chi (interference), 18:08.

Second period: None. Penalties: Toews, Chi (hooking), 12:25; Staal, NYR (hooking), 15:50.

Third period: 2, Chicago, Toews 8 (Hossa, Kane), 14:05 (pp). Penalties: Anisimov, NYR (tripping), 5:43; Rozsival, NYR (high-sticking), 9:43; Girardi, NYR (tripping), 13:03.

Overtime: 3, Chicago, Byfuglien 9, 3:43. Penalties: None.

Shots on Goal: N.Y. Rangers 5-10-1-2–18. Chicago 16-14-7-4–41.

Power-play opportunities: N.Y. Rangers 0 of 1; Chicago 1 of 5.

Goalies: N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 12-11-2 (41 shots-39 saves). Chicago, Huet 14-6-2 (18-17).

Referees: Gord Dwyer, Bill McCreary.

Linesmen: Steve Miller, Dan Schachte.

Attendance: 21,022 (19,717). Time: 2:19.

Wild 1, Avalanche 0

DENVER - Niklas Backstrom made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and Antti Miettinen scored the lone goal for Minnesota in the win over Colorado.

It was Backstrom's 18th NHL shutout.

Peter Budaj had 21 saves for Colorado, which has lost three straight at home but only one in regulation.

Minnesota has won seven of nine.

Minnesota 1 0 0 – 1

Colorado 0 0 0 – 0

First period: 1, Minnesota, Miettinen 8 (Brunette, Johnsson), 5:57. Penalties: Scott, Min (hooking), 12:14; Scott, Min (delay of game), 14:33; Zanon, Min (tripping), 16:53; Quincey, Col (slashing), 17:18.

Second period: None. Penalties: Zanon, Min (tripping), 8:46; Wilson, Col (tripping), 12:32.

Third period: None. Penalties: Smith, Min (hooking), 6:16; Scott, Min (hooking), 11:22; Wolski, Col (holding), 16:37.

Shots on Goal: Minnesota 6-7-4–17. Colorado 9-6-7–22.

Power-play opportunities: Minnesota 0 of 3; Colorado 0 of 6.

Goalies: Minnesota, Backstrom 12-10-3 (22 shots-22 saves). Colorado, Budaj 3-3-1 (17-16).

Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Greg Kimmerly.

Linesmen: Andy McElman, Shane Heyer.

Attendance: 11,435 (18,007). Time: 1:26.

Flames 3, Thrashers 1

Atlanta 0 0 1 – 1

Calgary 0 2 1 – 3

First period: None. Penalties: Moss, Cal (hooking), 12:59; Moss, Cal (elbowing), 19:14.

Second period: 1, Calgary, Dawes 9 (Johnson, Iginla), 2:09. 2, Calgary, Jokinen 7 (Iginla, Giordano), 14:28. Penalties: Thorburn, Atl (closing hand on puck), 6:49; Prust, Cal (boarding), 6:49; White, Atl (interference), 10:22; Salmela, Atl (delay of game), 17:35; Phaneuf, Cal (slashing), 18:02.

Third period: 3, Atlanta, C.Armstrong 4 (Peverley, Valabik), 12:27. 4, Calgary, Bourque 8, 19:20 (en). Penalties: C.Armstrong, Atl, major (fighting), 2:01; Glencross, Cal, major (fighting), 2:01; Kubina, Atl (tripping), 7:28; Kovalchuk, Atl (holding), 13:45.

Shots on Goal: Atlanta 11-6-8–25. Calgary 9-14-9–32.

Power-play opportunities: Atlanta 0 of 3; Calgary 0 of 4.

Goalies: Atlanta, Hedberg 7-3-0 (31 shots-29 saves). Calgary, Kiprusoff 17-7-3 (25-24).

Referees: Kerry Fraser, Ian Walsh. Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Mark Wheler.

Attendance: 19,289 (19,289). Time: 2:23.