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Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Seguin notched a goal and an assist to help make Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff's return to Buffalo a successful one, as the Stars edged the Sabres, 4-3, on Monday at First Niagara Center. Ruff served as head coach of the Sabres from 1997-2013, making him the longest tenured coach in franchise history. That run ended, however, when Ruff was fired on Feb. 20 of last season and replaced with Ron Rolston. Ruff's new squad entered Monday's meeting having lost five of their last seven games, but got goals from Jamie Benn, Alex Goligoski and Vernon Fiddler to get back in the win column. Kari Lehtonen backstopped the victory with 22 saves. Matt Moulson potted a pair of goals in his debut with the Sabres, who acquired the 29-year-old forward, along with a pair of draft picks, from the New York Islanders on Sunday in exchange for forward Thomas Vanek. Steve Ott also lit the lamp and Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 29 shots for Buffalo, which fell to 0-7-1 at home this season.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 1

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jayson Megna was in the way and ended up with his first NHL goal. He got his first assist, too. Megna, playing his second game, was credited with a goal after Sidney Crosby's shot went in off his skate and the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped their longest losing streak in almost two years Monday with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Megna who was called up from the AHL last Thursday and made his debut in Friday's loss to the Islanders, assisted on Tanner Glass' first-period goal after driving to the net and getting off a shot. Chris Kunitz also scored and Brooks Orpik had three assists for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing streak -- their longest since a six-game slide from Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 11, 2012. Marc-Andre Fleury faced few shots early on and made 20 saves as Pittsburgh (8-4-0) beat Carolina for the seventh time in their last eight meetings. Nathan Gerbe had a power-play goal for the Hurricanes (4-5-3), who have lost three in a row. With Carolina's top two goaltenders -- Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin -- both on injured reserve with lower body injuries, Justin Peters allowed three goals on 29 shots. The Penguins were without defenseman Rob Scuderi, who has a broken ankle and will need surgery, Bylsma said. Scuderi, who was injured Saturday, missed a game for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Final Score: Montreal 2, NY Rangers 0

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Peter Budaj stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Montreal Canadiens posted a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday. Thanks to Budaj's first shutout of the season and goals from Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk, the Canadiens won their fourth straight road game since taking a 3-2 loss in Calgary on Oct. 9. Meanwhile, the Rangers continued to struggle as they lost for the sixth time in the past eight games and have scored just 11 goals over that span. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 stops in the loss. It was New York's home opener as the team began the season with a nine-game road trip due to a $1 billion renovation project at Madison Square Garden.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Minnesota 1

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday in the finale of a home-and-home series at Xcel Energy Center. Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp and Sheldon Brookbank added a goal apiece for the Blackhawks, who had dropped their last two games. Corey Crawford turned away 29 shots in the triumph. Jason Pominville potted the lone Minnesota marker, while Niklas Backstrom allowed all five goals on 28 shots for the Wild, had won three straight after taking a 5-3 decision in Chicago on Saturday.

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