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Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 12:45 AM / News

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ryan Miller made 36 saves and Mark Pysyk scored an unusual goal at 3:47 of overtime to lift the short-handed Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.

Pysyk, who was called up earlier in the day from Rochester of the AHL, scored when his deflected shot hit Martin Hanzal and became lodged in the back of Mike Smith's jersey. The goalie retreated into his crease, unwittingly carrying the puck across the line and ending the game.

Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo, which is 4-0-1 in its last five home games after starting the season 3-12-1 at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres started the game with just 16 skaters after a virus left Linus Omark, Cody Hodgson, Ville Leino, Marcus Foligno and Alexander Sulzer unable to play. Buffalo was only able to recall defenceman Pysyk and left wing Johan Larsson from Rochester because the team was en route to the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

Hanzal scored for the Coyotes, who concluded a four-game road trip with a 1-1-2 record. Smith made 30 saves.

RANGERS 2, MAPLES LEAFS 1, SO

NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as New York shook off a late tying tally to beat Toronto.

Zuccarello and Stepan scored in the first two rounds, and Talbot stopped Nazem Kadri in the third to end it. Kadri scored a disputed goal with 1:24 left in regulation to force overtime.

Jonathan Bernier was exceptional for Toronto, making 42 saves through overtime and allowing only J.T. Miller's goal 7:04 into the third period. The Maple Leafs played their third straight shootout and lost for the second consecutive time. They are 2-5-2 in their last nine.

BLACKHAWKS 5, DEVILS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored twice and Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell and Nick Leddy also connected to lead Chicago over New Jersey.

Stephen Gionta and Michael Ryder scored for the Devils, whose season-high four-game point streak (3-0-1) ended.

Kane has points in 12 straight games, matching his career high — set earlier this season and just before this run.

Chicago rookie Antti Raanta stopped 10 shots in his seventh straight start — all since Blackhawks top goalie Corey Crawford suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 8.

FLAMES 4, BLUES 3, SO

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Joe Colborne scored the only goal of the shootout to give Calgary an improbable come-from-behind win over St. Louis.

Colborne took the first attempt in the shootout and beat Jaroslav Halak on a deke for his third goal on four attempts this season in the tiebreaker.

Reto Berra turned aside T.J. Oshie, Derek Roy and Magnus Paajarvi in the shootout to earn the win. Mark Giordano forced overtime by scoring the tying goal with 5 seconds left in the third period.

Jiri Hudler and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Calgary (14-17-6), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Jaden Schwartz and Paajarvi scored for the Blues (24-7-5), who are 5-1-2 in their last eight.

DUCKS 3, CAPITALS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hampus Lindholm scored the winner at 14:24 of the third period and Anaheim rallied past Washington in coach Bruce Boudreau's return to the Verizon Center.

Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist, and Saku Koivu added a goal for Anaheim. The Ducks (27-7-5) extended their franchise-best winning streak to nine games and lead the NHL with 58 points.

A potential tying goal on a shot by Alex Ovechkin that hit the crossbar and landed just outside the line with about three minutes left was reviewed and ruled no goal.

Anaheim's Jonas Hiller had 16 saves.

Mikhail Grabovski and Nicklas Backstrom scored for Washington.

BLUE JACKETS 4, HURRICANES 3

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille scored 1:28 apart late in the third period to rally Columbus over Carolina.

Jeff Skinner scored two goals and Alexander Semin gave Carolina the lead midway through the third period before Columbus came back to win.

Columbus also got goals from Artem Anisimov and Corey Tropp as the Blue Jackets beat Carolina for the sixth straight time.

Mike McKenna, playing his fourth game with the Blue Jackets, made 30 saves to earn his first win of the season.

SENATORS 5, PENGUINS 0

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season and Ottawa defeated Pittsburgh to snap Marc-Andre Fleury's five-game winning streak.

The game was close after two periods but the Senators dominated the Penguins in the third outshooting them 15-9 while getting goals from Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris and Cory Conacher.

Zack Smith and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Senators and Anderson earned the 24th shutout of his career.

Fleury finished with 24 saves for the Penguins.

OILERS 6, JETS 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists and Edmonton snapped a season-high six-game skid with a victory over Winnipeg.

Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Sam Gagner, Nail Yakupov and Jeff Petry also scored for the Oilers, who had been shut out in three of their previous five games and outscored 24-6 during their losing streak.

Mark Stuart and Andrew Ladd responded for the Jets, who have lost two in a row and have gone 3-6-1 in their past 10 games.

ISLANDERS 3, RED WINGS 0

DETROIT (AP) — Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 56th career shutout in New York's win over Detroit.

Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who have only won three of their past 17 (3-10-4).

Petr Mrazek stopped 16 shots for Detroit.

LIGHTNING 6, PANTHERS 1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists and Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over Florida.

Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist and Victor Hedman had three assists. J.T. Brown added two third-period goals for Tampa Bay.

Alexander Killorn and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning.

Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his 20th victory of the season.

Sean Bergenheim scored and Scott Clemmensen made 30 saves for Florida.

FLYERS 4, WILD 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist and Philadelphia beat Minnesota to extend its home win streak to nine games.

Luke Schenn and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers, whose rose above .500 for the second time this season (17-16-4).

Mikael Grandlund tallied for the Wild, who fell to 2-7-0 all-time at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wild are 1-7-1 in their last nine road games.

BRUINS 6, PREDATORS 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Soderberg scored on a power play and had two assists and Jarome Iginla added a pair of goals to carry Boston past Nashville.

Brad Marchand, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which gave coach Claude Julien his 400th career win.

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for Boston. Craig Smith scored twice for Nashville.

Quote of the Day

I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets