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Wings dump Sabres, Miller in OT

DETROIT — Brian Rafalski scored a power-play goal 31 seconds into overtime, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Sabres on Saturday night.

Detroit, which blew a two-goal lead, moved into the eighth, and final, playoff spot in the West, ahead of the idle Flames.

Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves put Detroit ahead a few minutes into the game, scoring on the second and third shots against Sabres U.S. Olympic goalie Ryan Miller.

Jochen Hecht pulled Buffalo within a goal at 7:05 of the first period and tied it 51/2 minutes into the second.

Miller bounced back from his rough start to make 34 saves. He got a warm reception, playing in his home state for the first time since helping the United States win silver at the Olympics. Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots.

The Red Wings took advantage of a power play in the extra period when Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, a rookie of the year candidate, cleared the puck over the glass and was called for delay of game.

Rafalski's slap shot from the left circle beat Miller on the short side. They were teammates last month at the Vancouver Games. It was Rafalski's first winning goal this season.

Detroit has won five of seven since the Olympic break. The Sabres are 3-4, giving Ottawa hopes of winning the Northeast Division.

Miller fell to 1-2 against his younger brother, Drew, in the NHL. They grew up in East Lansing and played for hometown Michigan State.

They faced each other earlier this season when Drew, a wing, was with the Lightning. The Sabres won 3-2 in a shootout.

More Cooke fallout: When the Penguins play the Bruins at Boston on Thursday, 11 days after Pittsburgh wing Matt Cooke leveled Bruins center Marc Savard with a blind-side hit that gave him a concussion and probably ended his season, the league "will have someone present at the game" to supervise and make certain things don't get out of hand. That's according to an e-mail a Quebec news service said it received from league vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy. Cooke wasn't penalized for the hit, which was legal, and the league didn't suspend him.

Islanders: Captain Doug Weight will have shoulder surgery that will finish his season and could also end the center's 18-year career. Weight, 39, has a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his left shoulder, sustained in November. He will have surgery Thursday.

Blues 0 3 2 5
at Blue Jackets 0 0 1 1
Blues 0 3 2 5
at Blue Jackets 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKariya, StL (slashing), 3:37; King, StL (charging), 7:21; Voracek, Clm (hooking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:36.

Second Period1, St. Louis, McDonald 21 (Colaiacovo), 11:20. 2, St. Louis, Backes 15 (Kariya, Polak), 12:59. 3, St. Louis, Perron 17 (Steen, McDonald), 19:00 (pp). PenaltiesMcDonald, StL (hooking), 5:28; Pahlsson, Clm (boarding), 18:29.

Third Period4, St. Louis, Steen 19 (McDonald), 6:15 (pp). 5, Columbus, Voracek 11 (Brassard), 14:19. 6, St. Louis, Crombeen 6 (McClement), 18:26 (en-sh). PenaltiesWinchester, StL (roughing), 2:20; Blunden, Clm (tripping), 4:33; King, StL (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:26; Dorsett, Clm (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:26; Jackman, StL, double minor (high-sticking), 17:06. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 8-18-10—36. Columbus 5-6-14—25. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 2 of 4; Columbus 0 of 6. GoaliesSt. Louis, C.Mason 24-18-8 (25 shots-24 saves). Columbus, S.Mason 16-22-7 (35-31). A16,453 (18,144).

at Canadiens 2 0 1 3
Bruins 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Montreal, Markov 5 (Pouliot, A.Kostitsyn), 6:02 (pp). 2, Montreal, S.Kostitsyn 4 (Markov, Moore), 19:20. PenaltiesHamrlik, Mon (elbowing), 2:46; Stuart, Bos (holding), 5:02; Spacek, Mon (tripping), 17:03.

Second Period3, Boston, Wheeler 16 (Ryder, Krejci), 1:12. PenaltiesSturm, Bos (elbowing), 3:40; Stuart, Bos (interference), 9:32; Lucic, Bos (roughing), 17:24; A.Kostitsyn, Mon (interference), 17:24; Gorges, Mon (interference), 19:15.

Third Period4, Montreal, S.Kostitsyn 5 (Gill, Moore), 1:41. 5, Boston, Lucic 7 (Sobotka), 11:46. PenaltiesSturm, Bos (roughing), 5:10; Markov, Mon (roughing), 5:10. Shots on GoalBoston 6-5-12—23. Montreal 7-10-10—27. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 3; Montreal 1 of 3. GoaliesBoston, Rask 15-9-4 (27 shots-24 saves). Montreal, Halak 22-10-2 (23-21). A21,273 (21,273).

Coyotes 2 1 1 4
at Hurricanes 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Phoenix, Stempniak 18 (Fiddler), 3:59. 2, Phoenix, Stempniak 19 (Jovanovski, Aucoin), 15:59 (pp). PenaltiesSamson, Car, double minor (high-sticking), 14:01.

Second Period3, Phoenix, Hanzal 9 (Doan, Aucoin), 13:50. PenaltiesPyatt, Pho (high-sticking), 6:10; Pyatt, Pho (boarding), 19:01.

Third Period4, Phoenix, Hanzal 10 (Michalek), 2:45. PenaltiesMichalek, Pho (holding), :32; Gleason, Car (high-sticking), 7:27. Shots on GoalPhoenix 6-6-8—20. Carolina 9-14-6—29. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 1 of 3; Carolina 0 of 3. GoaliesPhoenix, Bryzgalov 36-18-4 (29 shots-29 saves). Carolina, Peters 4-2-0 (20-16). A17,690 (18,680).

at Islanders 1 2 1 4
Devils 1 0 1 2

First Period1, New Jersey, Mottau 2 (Pelley, McAmmond), 2:52. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Meyer 3 (Jackman, Bailey), 17:23. PenaltiesRoloson, NYI, served by Bailey (delay of game), 11:50.

Second Period3, N.Y. Islanders, Sim 10 (Park, Hillen), 11:59. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Streit 10 (Nielsen), 12:49 (pp). PenaltiesClarkson, NJ (interference), 3:03; Parise, NJ (hooking), 9:04; Kovalchuk, NJ (high-sticking), 12:40.

Third Period5, New Jersey, Kovalchuk 36 (McAmmond), 1:41. 6, N.Y. Islanders, Bergenheim 6 (Comeau), 11:33 (sh). PenaltiesReese, NYI, double minor (high-sticking), 9:15; Comeau, NYI (hooking), 12:26. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 12-7-21—40. N.Y. Islanders 11-10-8—29. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 0 of 4; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 3. GoaliesNew Jersey, Danis 3-2-0 (29 shots-25 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Roloson 21-15-6 (40-38). A15,583 (16,234).

Detroit, which blew a two-goal lead, moved into the eighth, and final, playoff spot in the West, ahead of the idle Flames.

Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves put Detroit ahead a few minutes into the game, scoring on the second and third shots against Sabres U.S. Olympic goalie Ryan Miller.

Jochen Hecht pulled Buffalo within a goal at 7:05 of the first period and tied it 51/2 minutes into the second.

Miller bounced back from his rough start to make 34 saves. He got a warm reception, playing in his home state for the first time since helping the United States win silver at the Olympics. Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots.

The Red Wings took advantage of a power play in the extra period when Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, a rookie of the year candidate, cleared the puck over the glass and was called for delay of game.

Rafalski's slap shot from the left circle beat Miller on the short side. They were teammates last month at the Vancouver Games. It was Rafalski's first winning goal this season.

Detroit has won five of seven since the Olympic break. The Sabres are 3-4, giving Ottawa hopes of winning the Northeast Division.

Miller fell to 1-2 against his younger brother, Drew, in the NHL. They grew up in East Lansing and played for hometown Michigan State.

They faced each other earlier this season when Drew, a wing, was with the Lightning. The Sabres won 3-2 in a shootout.

More Cooke fallout: When the Penguins play the Bruins at Boston on Thursday, 11 days after Pittsburgh wing Matt Cooke leveled Bruins center Marc Savard with a blind-side hit that gave him a concussion and probably ended his season, the league "will have someone present at the game" to supervise and make certain things don't get out of hand. That's according to an e-mail a Quebec news service said it received from league vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy. Cooke wasn't penalized for the hit, which was legal, and the league didn't suspend him.

Islanders: Captain Doug Weight will have shoulder surgery that will finish his season and could also end the center's 18-year career. Weight, 39, has a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his left shoulder, sustained in November. He will have surgery Thursday.

DETROIT — Brian Rafalski scored a power-play goal 31 seconds into overtime, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Sabres on Saturday night.
at Red Wings 2 0 0 1 3
Sabres 1 1
Blues 0 3 2 5
at Blue Jackets 0 0 1 1
Blues 0 3 2 5
at Blue Jackets 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKariya, StL (slashing), 3:37; King, StL (charging), 7:21; Voracek, Clm (hooking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:36.

Second Period1, St. Louis, McDonald 21 (Colaiacovo), 11:20. 2, St. Louis, Backes 15 (Kariya, Polak), 12:59. 3, St. Louis, Perron 17 (Steen, McDonald), 19:00 (pp). PenaltiesMcDonald, StL (hooking), 5:28; Pahlsson, Clm (boarding), 18:29.

Third Period4, St. Louis, Steen 19 (McDonald), 6:15 (pp). 5, Columbus, Voracek 11 (Brassard), 14:19. 6, St. Louis, Crombeen 6 (McClement), 18:26 (en-sh). PenaltiesWinchester, StL (roughing), 2:20; Blunden, Clm (tripping), 4:33; King, StL (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:26; Dorsett, Clm (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:26; Jackman, StL, double minor (high-sticking), 17:06. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 8-18-10—36. Columbus 5-6-14—25. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 2 of 4; Columbus 0 of 6. GoaliesSt. Louis, C.Mason 24-18-8 (25 shots-24 saves). Columbus, S.Mason 16-22-7 (35-31). A16,453 (18,144).

at Canadiens 2 0 1 3
Bruins 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Montreal, Markov 5 (Pouliot, A.Kostitsyn), 6:02 (pp). 2, Montreal, S.Kostitsyn 4 (Markov, Moore), 19:20. PenaltiesHamrlik, Mon (elbowing), 2:46; Stuart, Bos (holding), 5:02; Spacek, Mon (tripping), 17:03.

Second Period3, Boston, Wheeler 16 (Ryder, Krejci), 1:12. PenaltiesSturm, Bos (elbowing), 3:40; Stuart, Bos (interference), 9:32; Lucic, Bos (roughing), 17:24; A.Kostitsyn, Mon (interference), 17:24; Gorges, Mon (interference), 19:15.

Third Period4, Montreal, S.Kostitsyn 5 (Gill, Moore), 1:41. 5, Boston, Lucic 7 (Sobotka), 11:46. PenaltiesSturm, Bos (roughing), 5:10; Markov, Mon (roughing), 5:10. Shots on GoalBoston 6-5-12—23. Montreal 7-10-10—27. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 3; Montreal 1 of 3. GoaliesBoston, Rask 15-9-4 (27 shots-24 saves). Montreal, Halak 22-10-2 (23-21). A21,273 (21,273).

Coyotes 2 1 1 4
at Hurricanes 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Phoenix, Stempniak 18 (Fiddler), 3:59. 2, Phoenix, Stempniak 19 (Jovanovski, Aucoin), 15:59 (pp). PenaltiesSamson, Car, double minor (high-sticking), 14:01.

Second Period3, Phoenix, Hanzal 9 (Doan, Aucoin), 13:50. PenaltiesPyatt, Pho (high-sticking), 6:10; Pyatt, Pho (boarding), 19:01.

Third Period4, Phoenix, Hanzal 10 (Michalek), 2:45. PenaltiesMichalek, Pho (holding), :32; Gleason, Car (high-sticking), 7:27. Shots on GoalPhoenix 6-6-8—20. Carolina 9-14-6—29. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 1 of 3; Carolina 0 of 3. GoaliesPhoenix, Bryzgalov 36-18-4 (29 shots-29 saves). Carolina, Peters 4-2-0 (20-16). A17,690 (18,680).

at Islanders 1 2 1 4
Devils 1 0 1 2

First Period1, New Jersey, Mottau 2 (Pelley, McAmmond), 2:52. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Meyer 3 (Jackman, Bailey), 17:23. PenaltiesRoloson, NYI, served by Bailey (delay of game), 11:50.

Second Period3, N.Y. Islanders, Sim 10 (Park, Hillen), 11:59. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Streit 10 (Nielsen), 12:49 (pp). PenaltiesClarkson, NJ (interference), 3:03; Parise, NJ (hooking), 9:04; Kovalchuk, NJ (high-sticking), 12:40.

Third Period5, New Jersey, Kovalchuk 36 (McAmmond), 1:41. 6, N.Y. Islanders, Bergenheim 6 (Comeau), 11:33 (sh). PenaltiesReese, NYI, double minor (high-sticking), 9:15; Comeau, NYI (hooking), 12:26. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 12-7-21—40. N.Y. Islanders 11-10-8—29. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 0 of 4; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 3. GoaliesNew Jersey, Danis 3-2-0 (29 shots-25 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Roloson 21-15-6 (40-38). A15,583 (16,234).

at Red Wings 2 0 0 1 3
Sabres 1 1 0 0 2

First Period1, Detroit, Datsyuk 21 (Stuart, Kronwall), 2:02. 2, Detroit, Eaves 10 (Helm), 3:15. 3, Buffalo, Hecht 15 (Pominville, Connolly), 7:02. PenaltiesGrier, Buf (slashing), 8:45; Datsyuk, Det (interference), 9:25; Myers, Buf (boarding), 18:38.

Second Period4, Buffalo, Hecht 16 (Pominville, Connolly), 5:30. PenaltiesCleary, Det (hooking), 17:01.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesRoy, Buf (interference), 4:41; Kronwall, Det (hooking), 9:10; Myers, Buf (delay of game), 18:47.

Overtime5, Detroit, Rafalski 6 (Lidstrom, Zetterberg), :31 (pp). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBuffalo 8-6-12-0—26. Detroit 17-9-9-2—37. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 3; Detroit 1 of 4. GoaliesBuffalo, R.Miller 33-15-8 (37 shots-34 saves). Detroit, Howard 26-15-8 (26-24). A20,066 (20,066).

Panthers 0 1 1 1 3
at Sharks 2 0 0 0 2

First Period1, San Jose, Clowe 16 (Marleau), 5:32. 2, San Jose, Marleau 41 (Pavelski, Clowe), 17:45 (pp). PenaltiesTarnasky, Fla, major (fighting), 5:36; Staubitz, SJ, major (fighting), 5:36; Kulikov, Fla (holding), 16:47.

Second Period3, Florida, Ballard 5 (Dvorak, Campbell), 1:02. PenaltiesBallard, Fla (tripping), 3:08; Pavelski, SJ (interference), 5:18; Blake, SJ (interference), 8:47.

Third Period4, Florida, Matthias 6 (Allen, Dvorak), 5:01. PenaltiesGarrison, Fla, minor-major (boarding, fighting), :22; Malhotra, SJ, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), :22; Wallin, SJ (hooking), 2:30.

Overtime5, Florida, Allen 4 (Matthias), 2:46. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalFlorida 6-12-8-2—28. San Jose 9-14-12-4—39. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 0 of 3; San Jose 1 of 2. GoaliesFlorida, Vokoun 23-22-10 (39 shots-37 saves). San Jose, Greiss 6-4-1 (28-25). A17,562 (17,496).

at Flyers 0 0 3 3
Blackhawks 0 0 2 2
at Flyers 0 0 3 3
Blackhawks 0 0 2 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCarter, Phi (cross-checking), 11:48; Hossa, Chi (holding stick), 16:47.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesChicago bench, served by Versteeg (too many men), :57; Richards, Phi (high-sticking), 3:54; Johnsson, Chi (hooking), 7:28; Leino, Phi (hooking), 12:02; Huet, Chi, served by Burish (roughing), 17:58; Briere, Phi (roughing), 17:58.

Third Period1, Philadelphia, Gagne 13 (Carcillo), 1:18. 2, Chicago, Versteeg 16 (Hossa, Brouwer), 3:01 (pp). 3, Chicago, Hossa 20 (Brouwer, Keith), 12:51. 4, Philadelphia, Hartnell 13 (Timonen, Leighton), 17:56. 5, Philadelphia, Pronger 9 (Giroux, Hartnell), 19:57. PenaltiesBriere, Phi (goaltender interference), 1:42. Shots on GoalChicago 15-12-14—41. Philadelphia 12-9-13—34. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 4; Philadelphia 0 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Huet 26-13-4 (34 shots-31 saves). Philadelphia, Leighton 17-8-2 (41-39). A19,858 (19,537).002

First Period1, Detroit, Datsyuk 21 (Stuart, Kronwall), 2:02. 2, Detroit, Eaves 10 (Helm), 3:15. 3, Buffalo, Hecht 15 (Pominville, Connolly), 7:02. PenaltiesGrier, Buf (slashing), 8:45; Datsyuk, Det (interference), 9:25; Myers, Buf (boarding), 18:38.

Second Period4, Buffalo, Hecht 16 (Pominville, Connolly), 5:30. PenaltiesCleary, Det (hooking), 17:01.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesRoy, Buf (interference), 4:41; Kronwall, Det (hooking), 9:10; Myers, Buf (delay of game), 18:47.

Overtime5, Detroit, Rafalski 6 (Lidstrom, Zetterberg), :31 (pp). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBuffalo 8-6-12-0—26. Detroit 17-9-9-2—37. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 3; Detroit 1 of 4. GoaliesBuffalo, R.Miller 33-15-8 (37 shots-34 saves). Detroit, Howard 26-15-8 (26-24). A20,066 (20,066).

Panthers 0 1 1 1 3
at Sharks 2 0 0 0 2

First Period1, San Jose, Clowe 16 (Marleau), 5:32. 2, San Jose, Marleau 41 (Pavelski, Clowe), 17:45 (pp). PenaltiesTarnasky, Fla, major (fighting), 5:36; Staubitz, SJ, major (fighting), 5:36; Kulikov, Fla (holding), 16:47.

Second Period3, Florida, Ballard 5 (Dvorak, Campbell), 1:02. PenaltiesBallard, Fla (tripping), 3:08; Pavelski, SJ (interference), 5:18; Blake, SJ (interference), 8:47.

Third Period4, Florida, Matthias 6 (Allen, Dvorak), 5:01. PenaltiesGarrison, Fla, minor-major (boarding, fighting), :22; Malhotra, SJ, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), :22; Wallin, SJ (hooking), 2:30.

Overtime5, Florida, Allen 4 (Matthias), 2:46. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalFlorida 6-12-8-2—28. San Jose 9-14-12-4—39. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 0 of 3; San Jose 1 of 2. GoaliesFlorida, Vokoun 23-22-10 (39 shots-37 saves). San Jose, Greiss 6-4-1 (28-25). A17,562 (17,496).

at Flyers 0 0 3 3
Blackhawks 0 0 2 2
at Flyers 0 0 3 3
Blackhawks 0 0 2 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCarter, Phi (cross-checking), 11:48; Hossa, Chi (holding stick), 16:47.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesChicago bench, served by Versteeg (too many men), :57; Richards, Phi (high-sticking), 3:54; Johnsson, Chi (hooking), 7:28; Leino, Phi (hooking), 12:02; Huet, Chi, served by Burish (roughing), 17:58; Briere, Phi (roughing), 17:58.

Third Period1, Philadelphia, Gagne 13 (Carcillo), 1:18. 2, Chicago, Versteeg 16 (Hossa, Brouwer), 3:01 (pp). 3, Chicago, Hossa 20 (Brouwer, Keith), 12:51. 4, Philadelphia, Hartnell 13 (Timonen, Leighton), 17:56. 5, Philadelphia, Pronger 9 (Giroux, Hartnell), 19:57. PenaltiesBriere, Phi (goaltender interference), 1:42. Shots on GoalChicago 15-12-14—41. Philadelphia 12-9-13—34. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 4; Philadelphia 0 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Huet 26-13-4 (34 shots-31 saves). Philadelphia, Leighton 17-8-2 (41-39). A19,858 (19,537).

Wings dump Sabres, Miller in OT 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:17pm]

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