When the New York Islanders sent veteran goaltender Kelly Hrudey to the Kings last season for young Mark Fitzpatrick, they were making plans for the future.
The Islanders figured that Fitzpatrick, only 20, would be a star of the future. It appears the future is quite close.
Fitzpatrick stopped 33 shots Tuesday night at Uniondale, N.Y., to lead the Islanders to a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
It was the first time this season the Islanders have won three in a row and it was the second shutout in the last three games for Fitzpatrick. He blanked the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, making 31 saves.
The Blackhawks are a good team, but the Sabres are better. They lead the Adams Division and have the best record in the NHL.
The Sabres, who were 6-1-1 in their previous eight games, dropped to 18-7-4.
St. Louis 2, Detroit 2--Sergio Momesso scored on a power play halfway through the final period at Detroit to give the Blues a tie.
Gerrard Gallant had given the Red Wings a 2-1 lead with his 11th goal less than a minute into the last period.
Washington 4, Philadelphia 3--Alan May scored twice and Kelly Miller broke a tie in the third period at Philadelphia to give the Capitals a hard-fought victory.
The Flyers missed a chance to tie when Dave Poulin--with Washington goaltender Bob Mason sprawled on the ice--missed the open net with seven seconds left.
Quebec 3, Boston 3--Soviet goaltender Sergei Mylnikov, who has complained about lack of playing time, stopped 31 shots at Quebec to help the Nordiques earn a tie.
It was only the third start for Mylnikov, who said he was being "humiliated."
Claude Loiselle scored twice for the Nordiques.