James van Van Riemsdyk scored twice to power the host Toronto Maple Leafs past the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 in Ron Rolston's first game as an NHL head coach.

Rolston, who until Wednesday was the head coach of the AHL's Rochester Americans, was hired as the Sabres interim coach following the club's decision to fire Lindy Ruff. Ruff, who also played 10 seasons for Buffalo, had been behind the club's bench since 1997 and was the NHL's longest-tenured head coach.

Before arriving in Rochester, Rolston spent seven seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey's national program, leading the under-18 squad to three gold medals and a silver in four world championship appearances.

Van Riemsdyk played for Rolston for two years, earning a world championship gold medal in 2006 before getting silver the following year.

"He's a big reason for the success I've been able to have as a hockey player," van Riemsdyk said.

But Rolston could only watch as the Sabres dropped their third straight and fifth of their past six games.

"I thought we played well in parts of the game," Rolston said. "I didn't like our second period, obviously it was the turning point. "

Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2: Vinny Prospal scored with 24.7 seconds left, capping a comeback that lifted visiting Columbus.


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The game took a frightening turn early in the second period when Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being struck in the head by Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey.

Anisimov, a 24-year-old Russian, was alert and able to move when he was taken to Detroit Medical Center as a precaution because he said his head hurt.

"He's alert and stable," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "Obviously, that's great news."

Anisimov was skating toward the back of Detroit's net alongside Red Wings defenseman Ian White when he lost his balance as Quincey landed a blow to his head that didn't seem intentional.

"It's scary for players when somebody gets hurt like that," Richards said. "Injuries are part of the game and that starts to creep in a little bit, but I thought our guys refocused."

Canucks 4, Stars 3: Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin scored third-period goals to help lead visiting Vancouver. The Canucks ended a three-game losing streak (0-1-2).

Panthers 5, Flyers 2: Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller each had two goals to help visiting Florida snap a five-game losing streak.

Tomas Kopecky also scored for Florida, which was 0-2-3 since a 3-2 shootout victory in Philadelphia on Feb. 7. Scott Clemmensen, who backs up Jose Theodore, stopped 32 shots to earn his first win since April 7.

  • Flyers center Matt Read will miss six weeks because of torn rib cage muscles.

    Senators 3, Rangers 2: Kaspars Daugavins scored in the seventh round of the shootout and backup goalie Ben Bishop earned the victory in relief of injured starter Craig Anderson for host Ottawa.

    Jets: Rookie defenseman Zach Redmond has undergone surgery to repair a laceration to an artery in his right leg after a teammate accidentally stepped on him during the club's morning skate on Thursday.

    The injury occurred near the end of practice when Redmond tripped and landed on his back. The teammate then stepped on Redmond with his skate, opening a sizable wound in Redmond's mid-thigh region -- cutting the femoral artery. Redmond was rushed to the hospital and underwent a three-hour operation, the team said. The Jets added that Redmond was resting comfortably and will be out indefinitely.

    Ducks: The team announced it has re-hired Brian Burke, who was their general manager from 2005-08, as a part-time pro scout.