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Marian Hossa's three-point night lifts Red Wings over Sabres 4-1

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Marian Hossa scored twice and Chris Osgood tied Dominik Hasek for 10th on the NHL career wins list in helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over Buffalo on Monday night.

Hossa, who reached the 40-goal plateau for the third time, added an assist. Brad Stuart and Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for the Central Division-leading Red Wings. With 111 points, Detroit, coming off a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday, moved to within four points of league-leading San Jose.

The Sabres' playoff chances grew slimmer as Buffalo lost its second straight. With three games left, Buffalo is 10th in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the New York Rangers and Florida for eighth.

Osgood made 32 saves, picking a fitting game to earn his 389th victory and tie Hasek, the former Red Wings starter who spent most of his career with Buffalo.

Osgood lost a bid for his 50th NHL shutout with 10:06 left, when Paul Gaustad converted a scramble in front to cut Detroit's lead to 3-1.

Otherwise, Osgood was superb in weathering a fast start by the Sabres, who got six shots on net in the first three minutes and had a 13-5 edge 13 minutes in. His best stop came two minutes in when Osgood denied Adam Mair's attempt to flip in a shot at the right post.

The Red Wings took control during a two-minute span bridging the second intermission.

Stuart opened the scoring with 1:19 left in the second period by capitalizing on the Red Wings' first power-play opportunity. He slapped a shot through a crowd that sneaked in under the arm of Ryan Miller, who was fully screened by Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom.

Hossa then demoralized the Sabres, scoring 36 seconds into the third period, by backhanding in a loose puck after Miller stopped Lidstrom's point shot. Hossa made it 3-0 less than 9 minutes later, converting a feed from Pavel Datsyuk.

Lidstrom scored into an empty net. It was the 227th goal of his career, moving him into a tie with Kevin Hatcher and Steve Duchesne for 12th among NHL defencemen.

Notes: The Sabres' three goalies entered the day with a combined career record of 2-17 against the Red Wings, including backup Patrick Lalime's 1-10 mark. Miller dropped to 1-5. ... Red Wings D Brian Rafalski missed his fourth game with a groin injury. He skated for about an hour earlier in the day and is expected to return Thursday when Detroit hosts Nashville. ... The Sabres signed college free-agent forward Travis Turnbull to a two-year, entry level contract. The son of former NHLer Perry Turnbull, Travis just completed his senior season at Michigan and was immediately assigned to Portland (AHL).

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