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Blackhawks extend Sabres' road woes

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews had two goals as the Blackhawks defeated the Sabres 6-2 on Wednesday. Buffalo has lost a team-record 10 consecutive road games.

"We're not dealing well with adversity," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We've got some players that are way away from their game."

Toews has four goals and three assists over a five-game point streak for Chicago, 4-0-1 over its past five.

Game highlights: Paul Stastny tied it with 3:17 left and assisted on the winner as the host Avs beat the Panthers 4-3 in overtime. … Michal Neuvirth, making his first start in 11 games, stopped 31 shots as the visiting Capitals beat the Canadiens 3-0.

Winter Classic: The NHL denied reports that a deal is set for Michigan Stadium, which seats 110,000, to host next season's game between the Wings and Leafs. The Mail and Globe of Toronto reported the major issue is the sale of alcohol, which is not permitted at the stadium.

Around the league: Wing Daniel Alfredsson of host Ottawa and defenseman Zdeno Chara of Boston will be captains for the All-Star Game. The two, elected by the All-Stars, will draft teams for the Jan. 29 game. … Florida defenseman Ed Jovanovski could miss two months after breaking his hand in a fight Monday against Boston.

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Sabres 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Buffalo, Pominville 16 (Hecht), 9:30. 2, Chicago, Shaw 5 (Keith, Montador), 12:58. 3, Chicago, J.Toews 25 (Shaw, Seabrook), 15:41 (pp). PenaltiesRoy, Buf (hooking), 10:54; Weber, Buf (delay of game), 14:44.

Second Period4, Buffalo, Pominville 17 (Boyes, Myers), 3:28 (pp). 5, Chicago, Hossa 18 (Keith), 5:36. 6, Chicago, Hayes 4 (Brunette, Hjalmarsson), 13:25. PenaltiesHayes, Chi (roughing), 2:32; Mayers, Chi (boarding), 9:12; Shaw, Chi (hooking), 15:13.

Third Period7, Chicago, Bolland 14 (Hayes, Leddy), 4:11. 8, Chicago, J.Toews 26 (Bolland, Seabrook), 6:48 (pp). PenaltiesBrennan, Buf (holding stick), 6:28; Myers, Buf (cross-checking), 6:39; Brunette, Chi (hooking), 12:04. Shots on GoalBuffalo 10-8-9—27. Chicago 14-10-11—35. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 1 of 4; Chicago 2 of 4. GoaliesBuffalo, Enroth 8-9-3 (35 shots-29 saves). Chicago, C.Crawford 18-10-4 (27-25). A21,114 (19,717).

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Panthers 1 1 1 0 3

First Period1, Florida, Goc 5 (Repik, Kulikov), 14:51 (pp). PenaltiesO'Brien, Col (roughing), 13:10; Matthias, Fla (high-sticking), 20:00.

Second Period2, Colorado, Mueller 1 (Johnson), 6:50. 3, Florida, Weiss 12 (Campbell, Kulikov), 18:48. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, Florida, Kopecky 6 (Samuelsson, Goc), :20. 5, Colorado, Mueller 2 (O'Reilly, Hejduk), 3:36 (pp). 6, Colorado, Stastny 13 (Mueller, Elliott), 16:43. PenaltiesVersteeg, Fla (interference), :42; Florida bench, served by Fleischmann (too many men), 2:53; McClement, Col, double minor (high-sticking), 8:33.

Overtime7, Colorado, O'Reilly 13 (R.Wilson, Stastny), 3:55. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalFlorida 9-10-7-3—29. Colorado 9-16-17-2—44. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 1 of 3; Colorado 1 of 3. GoaliesFlorida, Theodore 14-8-5 (44 shots-40 saves). Colorado, Giguere 11-6-1 (29-26). A13,465 (18,007).

Capitals 2 1 0 3
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Capitals 2 1 0 3
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First Period1, Washington, Perreault 4 (Orlov, Eakin), 4:41. 2, Washington, Johansson 10 (Brouwer, Carlson), 8:23. PenaltiesHendricks, Was, major (fighting), 1:15; R.Bourque, Mon, major (fighting), 1:15; Gorges, Mon (roughing), 8:36; Erskine, Was (interference), 13:01; Wideman, Was (broken stick), 15:14.

Second Period3, Washington, Ovechkin 19 (Semin, Wideman), 10:44 (pp). PenaltiesHalpern, Was (holding), 2:48; Darche, Mon, double minor (high-sticking), 7:53.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesErskine, Was, double minor (high-sticking, elbowing), 2:34; Pacioretty, Mon (interference), 5:19; Ovechkin, Was (delay of game), 9:23; Emelin, Mon (interference), 16:36. Shots on GoalWashington 5-5-6—16. Montreal 7-7-17—31. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 1 of 4; Montreal 0 of 7. GoaliesWashington, Neuvirth 6-7-2 (31 shots-31 saves). Montreal, Price 15-17-8 (16-13). A21,273 (21,273).

Blackhawks extend Sabres' road woes 01/18/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:21am]

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