Andrei Markov had two goals and two assists in a six-goal second period to help Montreal general manager Bob Gainey win his Canadiens coaching debut, a 6-2 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks last night.
Markov and Chris Higgins scored short-handed goals and Markov also had one of Montreal's four power-play goals in the second.
Grant Stevenson and Joe Thornton scored for San Jose, which ended a five-game winning streak that fell one short of its longest of the season.
Gainey, who stepped behind an NHL bench for the first time in 10 years, fired coach Claude Julien and assistant coach Rick Green earlier in the day and appointed himself to replace Julien. Montreal, which got off to a 12-3-1 start, had won just seven of its past 25 games.
Gainey won four straight Selke Awards as the league's top defensive player during a Hall of Fame career with Montreal.
Avalanche 4, Flyers 3 -- Alex Tanguay scored with 45.8 seconds left in overtime, helping Colorado spoil Peter Forsberg's first game against his former team in the Avalanche's win over host Philadelphia. The Flyers forced overtime with a frantic final two minutes of regulation, getting goals from Mike Knuble and Forsberg before getting dominated in the extra period. Colorado earned its seventh straight win.
Sabres 10, Kings 1 -- Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville each had a hat trick in Buffalo's victory over Los Angeles for its highest goal total in almost 13 years. The 10 goals were the most the Sabres scored since a 10-7 win over Detroit on Feb. 24, 1993.
Canucks 8, Islanders 1 -- Todd Bertuzzi scored twice on Vancouver's first three shots en route to his fifth career hat trick and the visiting Canucks chased New York goalie Rick DiPietro with three second-period goals in a victory.
Red Wings 4, Rangers 3 -- Brendan Shanahan's second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and host Detroit beat New York to end the Rangers' streak of seven games in which they earned at least a point.
Blue Jackets 5, Panthers 4 -- David Vyborny scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime, and Pascal Leclaire made 47 saves in visiting Columbus' victory over Florida.
Obituary -- An autopsy was conducted yesterday on the body of minor league coach and former NHL player Marc Potvin, 38, who was found dead in a hotel room a day earlier. Results won't be released until at least tomorrow, or when police finish their investigation, the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Department of Public Safety and the county medical examiner's office said.