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WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 pre-season win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Backstrom also netted the Capitals' first goal against Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. Mike Green and Matt Hendricks also scored, with Hendricks tying the game 3-3 with 6:27 remaining in the third period.

Thomas Vanek scored two goals and assisted on Jason Pominville's goal for Buffalo, which dropped to 4-2.

Alex Ovechkin has yet to score in the pre-season, but assisted on the first two goals for the Capitals, 2-3-1 in the pre-season. He and Alexander Semin scored in the shootout.

Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for Washington.

DETROIT (AP) ? Mike Komisarek scored 2:21 into overtime to propel Toronto to victory.

Mike Brown added two goals and Jake Gardiner a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, while Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots.

Todd Bertuzzi, Gustov Nyquist and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit. Thomas Holmstrom had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 15 saves.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ??? Johan Hedberg made 16 saves and David Clarkson scored a power-play goal in the first period to lead New Jersey.

Clarkson's goal at 11:28 of the opening period was his first of the pre-season for New Jersey (2-3-0).

Rick DiPietro stopped 20 shots for the Islanders (1-3-0), making a spectacular save in turning away Vladimir Zharkov on a semi-breakaway in the second period and David Steckel's 2-on-1 attempt in the third.

New York rookie centre Ryan Strome received a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct for boarding Stephen Gionta with 3:14 remaining.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ??? Martin St. Pierre scored with 8:25 remaining and Columbus finished the pre-season 5-2-1.

Alexandre Giroux and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets.

Patrick Dwyer and Jussi Jokinen had the Hurricanes' goals.

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