Landmark victory for Ruff

Lindy Ruff celebrated his 600th NHL victory as a coach after the Dallas Stars beat his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2.

Alex Chiasson scored the winning goal at the 10:25 mark in the third period, giving Ruff his 29th win with Dallas after 571 with Buffalo.

Jordie Benn and Alex Goligoski got the other goals for Dallas.

The Los Angeles Kings edged out the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 for their fifth successive victory in a meeting of in-form teams.

Jeff Carter netted what proved to be the winner on a power-play in the second period, and, although Montreal found a way to slow the Kings' recent offensive surge, they could not do much about scoring themselves.

Jared Spurgeon scored on a power-play in a third period as the Minnesota Wild beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 for a fifth straight win.

Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves as he made a 15th consecutive start.

Dalton Prout and Artem Anisimov both scored in the second period to power the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.