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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the final minute - including an empty-netter - to extend the Ottawa Senators' franchise-best winning streak to 10 with a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Jason Spezza also scored two goals and added an assist, and Brian Elliott stopped 36 shots to win his eighth straight game - matching the franchise mark he set as a rookie last season. Ryan Shannon had two assists in helping the surging Senators close to within three points of the first-place Sabres in the Northeast Division.

Spezza has scored in seven consecutive games, including five since returning from a right knee injury.

Andrej Sekera and Tim Connolly scored 27 seconds apart to tie it in the third period for the Sabres, who lost their eighth in a row to Ottawa, dating to a 4-2 home win on Jan. 6, 2009.

CHICAGO (AP) - David Backes scored twice during a three-goal second period, Chris Mason made 32 saves, and St. Louis beat Chicago.

St. Louis scored three times in the final 8:26 of the second - the second and third goals coming 69 seconds apart - to spoil Chicago's first game at home since Jan. 14 following a two-week, eight-game road trip.

Jay McClement also had a goal for the Blues. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa scored for Chicago.

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