Tom Barrasso is quickly making up for lost time.
After missing most of last season with an injured shoulder and subsequent surgery, the Pittsburgh goaltender has already won five games and joined an exclusive club in the process.With a 4-1 victory over Florida on Sunday, Barrasso gained his milestone 300th victory and became the first American-born goaltender to do so. With a 300-220-63 record, he is the 14th goalie in NHL history to reach that plateau.
"It's great company to be in," Barrasso said. "Any goaltender wants to get 100 and then 200, and not many guys have won 300. Obviously, I'd like to keep adding to it and climb even higher on that list."
Meanwhile, the Penguins continued to climb in the standings. With a 5-3-2 record, Pittsburgh moved into a virtual tie for first place in the Northeast Division with Boston and Ottawa.
Barrasso made 22 saves as he improved his record to 5-2-1 this season. Barrasso, who was 0-5 last season with a 5.78 goals-against average, improved his GAA to 1.74 with his latest victory.
"I've seen a lot of his games as a fan and now as a coach," Pittsburgh coach Kevin Constantine said. "He has been tremendous with his attitude in meetings and his contributions. It's easy to see why he has two Stanley Cups and now 300 wins."
Senators 3, Stars 1
Daniel Alfredsson scored the winning goal for the second consecutive night as Ottawa beat visiting Dallas.
Alfredsson beat Roman Turek between the pads with 51 seconds to play in the second period and the goal stood as the game-winner.
It was Alfredsson's third goal and fifth point in three games since ending a holdout by signing a four-year, $14 million contract with Ottawa on Oct. 12. Alfredsson scored the tying and winning goals in Ottawa's 4-2 victory against New Jersey on Friday.
Blackhawks 5, Sabres 2
Chicago snapped a seven-game, season-opening losing streak, getting goals from five different players to defeat visiting Buffalo.
Playing by far their best game this season, the Blackhawks outshot the Sabres 47-17 and came within a goal of matching their total for the first seven games.
Avalanche 4, Canucks 4
At Vancouver, Donald Brashear scored on a rebound with 10.6 seconds left in the third period to give the Canucks a tie with Colorado.
Vancouver had taken a 3-2 lead into the third only to see it evaporate quickly as Joe Sakic tied the game on the power play 54 seconds into the period.
Oilers 3, Kings 2, OT
Todd Marchant scored his first goal of the season with 2:55 left in overtime, leading visiting Edmonton over Los Angeles.
Islanders 5, Ducks 2
Robert Reichel scored twice and added an assist and Travis Green scored two goals to lead visiting New York over Anaheim.
Reichel and Green each scored a goal in the first two periods against Guy Hebert.
Coyotes 5, Sharks 3
At Phoenix, Cliff Ronning had an assist and the go-ahead goal 59 seconds apart in the second period as the Coyotes beat the Sharks.