For a trio of former Buffalo Sabres, Saturday was a big night for milestones.
Scotty Bowman became the first coach in NHL history to record 1,200 wins as the Detroit Red Wings captured their fifth straight, 3-2, over the Los Angeles Kings.
Goaltender Tom Barrasso, signed by Carolina as a free agent in the offseason, won his first game with the Hurricanes and moved within one of Roge Vachon for 10th on the all-time victory list with 354, thanks to his team's 2-1 overtime triumph over the Atlanta Thrashers.
Dave Andreychuk moved into 14th place on the career goal list with No. 574 as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers, 5-2.
At Detroit, Luc Robitaille scored the winner against his former team. Robitaille, who played 12 of his first 15 seasons with Los Angeles, broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal with 4:19 left in the second period. "It was a little bit weird to start with," Robitaille said. "I just wanted to win so bad. I'm really glad we won."
At Raleigh, N.C., Barrasso, who sat out last season and earned his first victory since March 28, 2000, stopped 23 of 24 shots. "Winning is what it's about in this league," said the 36-year-old goalie. "That's our profession. That's what separates guys who have good careers and guys who don't. Can you win? Can you get the job done? That's been the most important thing to me."
At Tampa, Fla., Andreychuk's goal, from the left circle, put the Lightning up, 3-0, at 10:11 of the opening period. The score moved him past Mike Bossy.
Around the rinks
Phil Housley, another former Sabre, scored a power-play goal with 10:25 left in regulation to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-2 tie with the Stars. . . . Patrick Roy posted his 71st shutout as Alex Tanguay scored twice and Joe Sakic had three assists -- all in the first period -- as the Avalanche drubbed the Blue Jackets, 5-0. . . . Mark Recchi scored his first three goals of the season and John LeClair added two, lifting the Flyers to a 6-3 victory over the Capitals. . . . Jason Arnott, Scott Niedermayer and Patrik Elias scored as the Devils nipped the Senators, 3-2. . . . Vincent Damphousse scored his second goal, with 5.1 seconds left in regulation, to give Sharks a 2-2 tie with the Islanders. . . . Pavol Demitra's overtime goal lifted the Blues past the Penguins, 2-1. . . . Roman Turek made 22 saves as the Flames cooled the Maple Leafs, 4-1. . . . Mike Knuble scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as the Bruins scored their first road win, 2-1 over the Predators.