SASKATOON -- Cheerful and self-effacing, there is something distinctly boyish about Ottawa Senators up-and-coming power forward Buddy Robinson. Except that hes six foot five and tips the scales at a whopping 235 pounds. After scoring two goals in two nights during pre-season exhibition games, including Ottawas 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday, the 22-year-olds chances of making the NHL this year are looking increasingly rosy. With final cuts expected in the coming weeks, some of his fellow rookies are showing stress, but its clear from his broad grin that Robinson is having the time of his life. "Its definitely good to get a few out of the way early," Robinson said. "You dont want to be three or four games into the pre-season without a goal." Senators left-winger Clarke MacArthur, a veteran of eight NHL seasons, said hes impressed that so large a player has the finesse and speed that Robinson displays. "Hes a big body, and when he gets his feet going hes a big horse going down the wall," he said. "Its great to see a young guy like that come in and get a couple goals. Hes making this league look easy." Robinson said he never really considered the possibility of professional hockey, especially when he was a gangly, awkward teenager. At the time his long frame -- and the clumsiness that came with it -- was more hindrance than help. "I had to put some pounds on before I could really use the size to my advantage," Robinson said. While he is known to all as Buddy, even on official rosters, his real name is actually Charles James Robinson III. The nickname was given to him years ago, as a way of reducing confusion as family gatherings. "Sometimes it gets a little confusing, if someone calls you buddy you dont (know) if its your name or if hes a pal," Robinson said. As time passed, Robinson said he realized he has more than raw power at his disposal. "For a big guy Ive always been told I can really move out there," he said. "Thats what I like to focus on. I really want to be able to keep up with the smaller, quicker guys." Despite his modest ambitions, scouts consistently saw potential in Robinson, pushing him to higher and higher levels of play. In 2009 Robinson was noticed by a Hamilton Red Wings scout, and after tryouts found himself playing in the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. After two seasons, putting up 11 goals in the first and 15 the next, he was transferred to the Nepean Raiders. This OMJHL exposure got him noticed by Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and he was offered a scholarship, staying for two years. Robinson caught the eye of Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray during his second year of college, and was offered a college free agent contract. He took the deal and left his college days behind. Senators head coach Paul McLean said hell make his final cuts around Oct. 1, and that so far hes impressed with Robinson. "Hes got good size and skates, and the puck is going in the net for him," he said. "Hes doing a good job." PHILADELPHIA - Jason Zucker scored with 45.4 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist, and Marco Scandella also scored for the Wild, who won their fourth straight. Darcy Kuemper stopped 37 shots.Mark Streit and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers, who lost their fourth straight. Ray Emery had 27 saves.The Wild improved to 4-6 on the road and earned just their second win in 10 visits to Philadelphia (2-7-1).MAPLE LEAFS 5, LIGHTNING 2TORONTO (AP) — James van Riemsdyk scored two goals to lead Toronto to a much-needed victory over Tampa Bay.David Clarkson, Richard Panik and Roman Polak added goals for Toronto, which scored early in the first period and three times in the second to snap a three-game losing streak.Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay, which has dropped two straight after beating the Rangers in New York 5-1 on Monday.The usually high-scoring Lightning couldnt break through Jonathan Bernier, who redeemed himself after being pulled from Tuesdays 9-2 loss to Nashville after allowing three goals on 12 shots in 20 minutes.Bernier recorded his sixth win of the season, stopping 26 shots.CANADIENS 4, BLUES 1MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored twice, and Montreal beat St. Louis. Dale Weise and Lars Eller also scored, and Carey Price made 31 saves.Vladimir Tarasenko had the lone goal for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 26 shots in defeat.Pacioretty netted the winner at 7:32 of the second — his team-leading ninth goal. He got the better of Allen on a breakaway after taking a stretch pass from linemate Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau from his own zone.The Canadiens (15-5-1) stretched their lead atop the Eastern Conference to three points. The Blues have lost consecutive games after winning 10 of 11.SENATORS 3, PREDATORS 2OTTAWA (AP) — Bobby Ryan, Alex Chiasson and Jared Cowen all scored in the second period, Robin Lehner stopped 33 shots, and Ottawa topped Nashville.Shea Weber and Olli Jokinen scored for Nashville, and Carter Hutton — playing for just the third time this season — stopped 16 shots.Ryans power-play goal tied it 1-1 at 6 minutes of the second period. Chiasson put Ottawa ahead with 6:42 remaining in the period, scoring his fifth of the season.Cowen made it 3-1 just 2:06 later.Jokinen made it a one-goal game in the opening minutes of the third period, getting his first point with the Predators. Nashville outshot Ottawa 16-3 in the third period.RED WINGS 4, JETS 3WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored two goals and added an assist as Detroit defeated Winnipeg.Justin Abdelkader had the tying goal and an assist for the Red Wings, and Johan Franzen scored his sixth of the season.Dustin Byfuglien, Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perrault had goals for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves.Detroit rested Jimmy Howard after he was in net for the Red Wings 5-0 victory over Columbus on Tuesday. With backup Jonas Gustavsson out because of a dislocated shoulder, Petr Mrazek played in his 12th career game and first this season, and made 28 saves.STARS 3, COYOTES 1DALLAS (AP) — John Klingberg, Cody Eakin and Jason Spezza all scored in the third period, rallying Dallas past Arizona.Ales Hemsky had two assists as Dallas ended a seven-game, home-losing streak (0-5-2). The Stars won for just the second time in 11 home games (2-5-4).Arizona has lost its last five games in Dallas.Klingberg and Eakin scored 33 seconds apart in the opening minute of the third period. Klingbergs goal from the slot was his first in the NHL, in his sixth game, and it tied it 19 seconds into the period.Spezza made it 3-1 with 4:18 remaining.Lauri Korpikoski scored for the Coyotes with 5:39 left in the first period.Arizonas Mike Smith madde 24 saves.dddddddddddd Dallas Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots.CAPITALS 3, AVALANCHE 2DENVER (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored late in the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots, and Washington outlasted Colorado.Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, Jason Chimera also scored, and Ovechkin added an assist for the Capitals. Washington won the last two games of its three-game trip.Ovechkin broke a 2-all tie when he poked his own rebound over the goal line with 5:56 left. It was his ninth of the season and first in four games.The Avalanche played half the game without Alex Tanguay after he was hit in the face on a shot by Ovechkin. Tanguay skated off the ice and didnt return because of a jaw injury.BLACKHAWKS 4, FLAMES 3CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to help Chicago edge Calgary.With the game tied 3-3, Kanes unassisted goal at 9:12 came after goalie Jonas Hiller turned over the puck behind his net. It was the seventh goal of the season for Kane, who has scored in three straight games. He had scored only four times in the first 16 games.Adam Clendening scored his first in the NHL, and Daniel Carcillo and Brent Seabrook added goals for Chicago, who began a six-game road trip.Paul Byron, Wideman and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary, which had won seven of nine.Corey Crawford made 24 saves for the win. Hiller stopped 18 shots.KINGS 3, HURRICANES 2LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tanner Pearson ended his 11-game goal drought with the tiebreaking score, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves against Carolina in Los Angeles NHL-best 10th home victory of the season.Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won three straight. The Kings largely controlled play with 39 shots, and they hung on through a scoreless third period for their sixth win in eight meetings with Carolina.Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost four of five.Cam Ward stopped 36 shots, but Carolina failed to build on the momentum of its victory in Dallas on Tuesday to open a five-game road trip.DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 3, SOVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Corey Perry scored the shootout winner, lifting Anaheim over Vancouver.Perrys goal on Anaheims first shootout attempt was the only one the Ducks needed. They got another from Jakob Silfverberg after Vancouvers Radim Vrbata and Nick Bonino failed to score.The Ducks (12-4-5) earned their first win in five games. The Canucks lost for the second time in three. Anaheim also avenged a Nov. 9 home shootout loss to Vancouver.The Canucks (13-6-1) lost their first one-goal game this season, becoming the last in the NHL to do so.Rookie Bo Horvat, with his first NHL career goal, Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata scored for the Canucks in regulation.Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Getzlaf, and Matt Beleskey had goals for Anaheim.Former Canucks centre Ryan Kesler played his first game in Vancouver since being traded to the Ducks in the summer.PANTHERS 3, SHARKS 2, SOSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Nick Bjugstad scored twice during regulation and added the winning goal in the shootout as Florida won its fourth straight in San Jose.San Joses Patrick Marleau tied it with 33 seconds remaining in regulation, taking a pass from Joe Thornton and firing it past Roberto Luongo, who had stopped Marleaus penalty shot earlier in the third period.Luongo stopped 28 shots and won for the fourth time in his last five games against the Sharks. The Panthers swept the season series.Logan Couture ended a season-worst eight-game goal-less streak with a power-play tally for the Sharks, who played at home for the first time in two weeks.Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks, who failed to win for the third time in their last four at home. 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