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Sabres get past Flyers in overtime

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tim Connolly scored at 2:31 of overtime, Adam Mair had a goal and assist, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves to help the Sabres beat the Flyers 3-2 Friday night.

Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in their past 10 games to move a point in front of idle Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division.

Simon Gagne and Mike Richards scored for the Flyers, who've lost two straight after stringing together five wins in a row. Michael Leighton finished with 32 saves but lost for the first time in his past seven starts.

In overtime, Leighton was able to stop Buffalo defenseman Toni Lydman's shot from the left circle, but Connolly corralled the rebound in the low slot and lifted the puck up and in for the winner.

Richards broke a 1-1 tie with his 26th goal of the season with 8:51 left in the third. The Philadelphia captain picked off Connolly's pass at the Buffalo blue line and skated in alone before lifting the puck over Miller with a backhander that completed a nifty deke.

Mair got the equalizer just under three minutes later when his backhander eluded Leighton's right shoulder.

Game highlights: Darren Helm scored twice, and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Predators. Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 20 saves to help the eighth-place Red Wings move within three points of seventh-place Nashville. Detroit was coming off a lethargic 6-3 home loss to Vancouver on Wednesday night. "I thought we came out as a very determined team," Helm said. "The other game, against Vancouver, we just sat back and didn't do what we needed to do."

Canadiens: Center Maxim Lapierre was suspended for four games for a hit on Sharks center Scott Nichol. Lapierre knocked Nichol into the end boards in the third period Thursday after Nichol took at shot on goal. Nichol was injured and did not return. No penalty was called. Coach Todd McLellan said Nichol will likely be sidelined seven to 10 days.

Penguins: After some back-and-forth, Evgeni Malkin has been credited with the winning overtime goal in a 5-4 victory over the Rangers on Thursday. Malkin was initially credited with the power-play goal on a shot from the left circle that deflected off Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky and past goalie Henrik Lundqvist. After a postgame video review, forward Jordan Staal was given his second goal of the game because it appeared the shot also deflected off him. Staal later told Penguins officials he did not touch the puck, and the NHL changed the goal after additional review Friday.

at Red Wings 2 2 1 5
Predators 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Detroit, Datsyuk 18, 7:44. 2, Detroit, Holmstrom 17 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk), 14:00 (pp). PenaltiesBertuzzi, Det (tripping), 1:19; O'Reilly, Nas (slashing), 12:58.

Second Period3, Detroit, Helm 9 (P.Eaves), 3:35. 4, Detroit, Helm 10 (Kronwall), 9:10 (sh). 5, Nashville, Dumont 13 (Sullivan), 10:54. PenaltiesHornqvist, Nas (tripping), :19; Ja.Williams, Det (holding), 7:14.

Third Period6, Nashville, Ward 13 (Hamhuis), 3:15. 7, Detroit, Zetterberg 18 (Filppula, Cleary), 19:56 (en). PenaltiesFranzen, Det (high-sticking), 5:28; Rafalski, Det (high-sticking), 10:43; Bouillon, Nas (interference), 13:27. Shots on GoalNashville 5-14-3—22. Detroit 11-12-9—32. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 0 of 4; Detroit 1 of 3. GoaliesNashville, D.Ellis 13-12-1 (31 shots-27 saves). Detroit, Howard 23-14-8 (22-20). A19,608 (20,066).

at Sabres 0 1 1 1 3
Flyers 0 1 1 0 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period1, Philadelphia, Gagne 10 (Krajicek, Timonen), 4:01. 2, Buffalo, Vanek 19 (Connolly, Mair), 6:14. PenaltiesConnolly, Buf (tripping), 11:48.

Third Period3, Philadelphia, Richards 26, 11:09. 4, Buffalo, Mair 3 (Grier), 14:02. PenaltiesParent, Phi (holding), 3:59; Coburn, Phi (tripping), 15:53.

Overtime5, Buffalo, Connolly 15 (Lydman, Torres), 2:31. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 10-10-9-0—29. Buffalo 15-6-12-2—35. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 0 of 1; Buffalo 0 of 2. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Leighton 14-7-2 (35 shots-32 saves). Buffalo, Miller 31-15-7 (29-27). A18,690 (18,690).

Sabres get past Flyers in overtime 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 11:14pm]

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