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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Jason Pominville scored his team-leading 24th goal and the Buffalo Sabres inched closer to clinching the Northeast Division title with a 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.

Raffi Torres had three assists in his first game back after missing six because of a hand injury, and Ryan Miller made 13 saves for his 39th victory - one short of matching a career high. The injury-depleted Sabres also got production from their role players as defenseman Henrik Tallinder, fourth-liner Adam Mair and rookies Tim Kennedy, Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis also scored.

Buffalo won for the seventh time in eight games to move seven points ahead of second-place Ottawa in the division with 11 days left in the regular season.

Michael Frolik and Jeff Taffe scored for Florida, which is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

MONTREAL (AP) - Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal at 2:55 of third period and Cam Ward made 34 saves for Carolina.

Brandon Sutter also scored for the Hurricanes. Carolina, which has won three of four, is 11th in the Eastern Conference with 75 points, seven behind Montreal.

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for Montreal.

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