Quick start helps Stars reach 15 wins

– Valeri Nichushkin scored 51 seconds into the game and Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots to help Dallas beat Buffalo 3-1 Tuesday night.

Alex Goligoski and Tyler Seguin also scored, and Dallas won a late coach's challenge on the way to becoming the first NHL team to 15 wins this season. The Stars' 30 points are tied with Montreal and the New York Rangers for tops in the league.

Trailing 2-0, the Sabres awakened with a late power-play goal in the third period from Ryan O'Reilly, and Sam Reinhart appeared to have tied it 50 seconds later. However, the goal was overturned after Stars coach Lindy Ruff challenged the call, and video review showed Tyler Ennis to be offside.

"You feel kind of lucky after that," Niemi said. "Even if it was a fair call, it felt like a second chance."

HIGHLIGHTS

•SAAD KEEPS COLUMBUS WINNING: Brandon Saad scored twice to help the Blue Jackets beat the Blues 3-1 in Columbus, Ohio, for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Columbus has won five of its past seven games.

•PREDATORS RIDE RINNE: James Neal and Miikka Salomaki gave Nashville the lead, and Pekka Rinne stopped 38 shots to lead the Predators to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Ducks. Nashville won for the third time in four games and sent Anaheim to a fourth loss in its past five.

•KINGS STRONG ON ROAD: Anze Kopitar scored in the shootout to lead the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers. Los Angeles opened a five-game road trip with its 12th win in the past 15 games while improving to 5-1 on the road this season.

•LEAFS TOP AVS: P.A. Parenteau scored two of Toronto's four power-play goals and James Reimer made 34 saves as the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Avalanche 5-1 for their fourth victory in five games.

•ISLES AREN'T DRAWING IN BROOKLYN: After 11 games in their new Brooklyn home, the Islanders rank next-to-last in the NHL with an average of 12,157 in paid attendance per game, ahead of only the Carolina Hurricanes' 11,227. Monday's 5-2 victory over Arizona marked the seventh time in 11 home dates the Islanders have drawn fewer than 12,000 to the Barclays Center. In their final season at Nassau Coliseum in 2014-15, the Islanders were averaging 13,842 after 11 games. They finished the season averaging 15,334 per game.

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