The Tampa Bay Lightning will shuffle off to Buffalo on the heels of a record-setting performance.
Tampa Bay played the first scoreless tie in its history Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. Today, the Lightning faces the Sabres at HSBC Arena.
"I haven't played in one since minor hockey, so it's been a real long time," said Tampa Bay goaltender Kevin Weekes, whose team snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating St. Louis, 3-2, last Tuesday. "I know I'm only 25, but there's been a whole ton of games between then and today."
Roman Cechmanek summed up the Flyers' first scoreless tie in eight years succinctly.
"It was a great effort," Cechmanek said. "A lot of shots but no score."
Cechmanek made 36 saves and Weekes stopped 27 shots.
The last scoreless tie for the Flyers came at home against Montreal on Feb. 11, 1993.
"I've never had one in this country," said Cechmanek, a first-year player who was named the outstanding goaltender in the Czech Republic the last six years. "I did once before in international hockey but that was such a long time ago that I don't remember."
The Flyers, who had their five game winning streak snapped at the New York Islanders on Thursday, increased their Atlantic Division lead to three points over New Jersey. Philadelphia is unbeaten in its last seven games at home (6-0-1).
Cechmanek recorded his seventh shutout, the most ever by a first-year Philadelphia goaltender. One of his best saves came when he smothered a point-blank shot by Fredrik Modin with 3:22 left in overtime. Modin also missed another scoring opportunity when he shot wide of an open net on a rebound attempt late in the first period.
It was the fourth career shutout and second of the year for Weekes.
Weekes' best saves came late in the second period when he stopped back-to-back shots by Mark Recchi and Dan McGillis. Then with 5:20 left in the third when he made a stick save on a power play attempt by Daymond Langkow. He also swept away a last second overtime shot by Chris Therien.
"Both goaltenders were exceptional," Philadelphia's Keith Primeau said. "But I thought we played hard. We did what we could. We had some chances and Weekes made some key saves on our power plays in the third period. We walked away with a point. And it's better to walk away with a point than nothing."
The Flyers killed off eight Tampa Bay power plays and held the Lightning without a shot on two-minute, five-on-three advantage during a four-minute power play midway through the second period.
Simon Gagne, who leads the Flyers with 27 goals, suffered a second-period shoulder injury.
Lalime shines for Sens
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime is very comfortable as the Ottawa Senators' No. 1 goalie.
Lalime stopped 25 shots for his second shutout in three games to lead the Senators to a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
"I've got to be there for my teammates," Lalime said. "They were there for me as well. A couple of rebounds, they took their man out. That could have changed the game."
Lalime, who shut out Montreal on Feb. 18, got his 12th career shutout and sixth of the season.
"Every time you win, it's a great feeling, and when you talk about shutouts, you talk about team effort," Lalime said. "Everybody there was in front of me and we battled pretty hard again. Those guys were hitting a lot and we responded well."
Around the rinks
Steve Thomas, Sergei Berezin, Garry Valk and former Montreal players Jonas Hoglund and Shayne Corson scored as the Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens, 5-1. Curtis Joseph made 23 saves for the Leafs, who have won two straight since a trade for Philadelphia's Eric Lindros fell through. . . . Mariusz Czerkawski scored twice and added an assist as the Islanders built a four-goal lead, then held on to beat the Panthers, 5-4. Jason Blake, Dave Scatchard and Roman Hamrlik also scored as the Islanders won two straight games for the first time since Nov. 1. Rick DiPietro stopped 25 shots for his second NHL win. . . . Bryan Smolinski scored the go-ahead goal with 2:45 left and Ziggy Palffy had two goals as the Kings handed the Blue Jackets their fifth straight loss, 3-1. It was the fourth straight game in which the first-year Blue Jackets surrendered the game-winning goal with less than three minutes left in regulation. . . . Andrei Nikolishin scored with 8:47 left as the Capitals extended their unbeaten streak to 10-0-2 with a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes. The streak matched Phoenix and St. Louis for tops in the NHL this season, and is the team's best since 1984. . . . Scott Walker scored a power-play goal and Mike Dunham made 28 saves to lead the Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Wild. . . . Chris Pronger scored the tying goal with 72 seconds left in the third period and helped set up Pierre Turgeon's game-winner 80 seconds into overtime as the Blues snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Bruins. After missing 15 games following knee surgery, Pronger was his usual self. He led all St. Louis skaters in ice time with just over 30 minutes, blocked two shots and had a hand in all three goals. . . . Sergei Zholtok and Tom Poti scored power play goals and Daniel Cleary and Janne Niinimaa both had two assists as the Oilers beat the Flames, 3-1.