GLENDALE – There were stars all around for Phoenix in the Coyotes’ rout of Buffalo. As often is the case, Shane Doan headed the list.
Doan had what coach Wayne Gretzky called “a tremendous goal” and an assist as the Coyotes sent the Sabres to a franchise-record eighth consecutive road loss 6-2 on Monday.
The team captain extended his career-best points streak to 11 games.
“He’s just taking the team on his shoulders right now, there’s no question,” Gretzky said. “He’s playing probably better than I’ve ever seen him play.”
Five other Coyotes scored as the team matched its highest-scoring game of the season.
Doan, Niko Kapanen and Derek Morris scored in a span of just over 5 1/2 minutes of the second period against backup Buffalo goalie Jocelyn Thibault. Peter Mueller, Phoenix’s 19-year-old center, scored his 13th goal and extended his points streak to seven games.
Daniel Winnik and Ed Jovanovski also scored for Phoenix. Paul Gaustad and Thomas Vanek had goals for the Sabres, in the second stop of a seven-game road trip that will pause for the All-Star break.
Capitals 6, Penguins 5: At Pittsburgh, Alexander Ovechkin teamed with Alexander Semin to beat Pittsburgh goalie Ty Conklin with backhanders in the shootout and Washington Capitals came from behind for the win. Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist apiece during a matchup of Russian stars.
Wild 4, Canucks 2: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored twice, including the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, and had two assists, leading the Minnesota Wild over the Vancouver Canucks.
Predators 6, Blues 3: At Nashville, Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist and the Nashville Predators beat the slumping St. Louis Blues.
Hurricanes 3, Islanders 2: At Uniondale, N.Y., Carolina defensemen Mike Commodore and Niclas Wallin scored in the third period, and Cory Stillman netted the power-play winner in overtime for the Hurricanes.