Highlights of Thursday's NHL games

Fri Dec 5, 2014 1:47am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games:

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Lightning 5, Sabres 0

Ben Bishop only needed to make 13 saves to notch his first shutout of the season as league-leading Tampa Bay overwhelmed Buffalo. Steven Stamkos scored his 16th goal of campaign to lead fivegoal-scorers for Tampa Bay (18-6-3), who came into the game tied for the NHL points lead. Buffalo (9-15-2) had been 5-0-2 in its last seven before seeing that point-streak come to a convincing halt.

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Predators 4, Blues 3

Martin Brodeur's return to the NHL did not go as planned as Nashville scored four times against him to beat St Louis. Brodeur, the league's all-time leader in games, wins and shutouts by a goalkeeper, was signed as a free agent on Tuesday and stopped 20 shots in the defeat. Nashville (17-6-2) won for the fifth time in six games while the Blues fell to 16-8-2.

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Islanders 2, Senators 1   Continued...

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes a save on a shot by New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports