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Red Wings goalie Hasek dominating in shutout

Red Wings 0 2 1 3

Wild 0 0 0 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Shutouts are hard to come by, especially against the Wild.

Dominik Hasek used his head to make his latest one look easy.

Hasek needed just 20 saves to record his 72nd career shutout in the Red Wings' victory Friday night.

"I made three head saves," Hasek said. "I didn't see the puck twice, and it hit my head, so I was a little bit lucky."

Hasek was hardly challenged by the Wild's stagnant offense all night. Dan Cleary, Niklas Lidstrom and Mikael Samuelsson scored against the Wild, who were shut out for the first time since Nov. 1, 2005, a span of 93 games that was the second-longest streak in the NHL behind the Red Wings' 144.

Two goals during the second period were more than enough for Hasek, who barely broke a sweat but was good when he had to be.

The Wild lost for the 11th time in 15 games and have been in a free fall since starting the season a franchise-best 6-1. Injuries have crippled them during the past month, with high-flying winger Marian Gaborik missing his 18th straight game with a groin injury.

Manny Fernandez made 20 saves for the Wild and fell to 1-8 in his past 11 starts after beginning the season 8-1.

Sabres 1 1 1 0 4

Rangers 0 1 2 0 3

Sabres won shootout, 1-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Daniel Briere scored the lone goal in the shootout, Ryan Miller made 36 saves, including six in overtime, and Brian Campbell had a goal and an assist for the Sabres.

Jochen Hecht and Chris Drury also scored for the Sabres, who won their second straight.

The Sabres became the fifth team in NHL history to accumulate at least 20 victories through 25 games.

Devils 2 2 1 5

Penguins 1 1 0 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jay Pandolfo capitalized on a bad night by Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to score the tie-breaking goal for the Devils.

Blackhawks 2 1 2 5

Blues 0 0 2 2

CHICAGO - Tuomo Ruutu scored his fifth goal in six games and Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves for the Blackhawks.

Flames 0 0 2 2

Blue Jackets 1 0 0 1

CALGARY, Alberta - Jarome Iginla and Chuck Kobasew scored third-period goals for the Flames.

Second man pleads guilty in gambling ring

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - A man charged with helping run a gambling ring along with former hockey star Rick Tocchet pleaded guilty to bookmaking and agreed to cooperate with authorities.

James Ulmer, 41, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling, faces as long as 10 years in prison, but prosecutors are recommending a sentence of six months to 364 days. And he must forfeit $45,000. Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 27.

Around the league

CANUCKS: Center Josh Green will be out at least two weeks after breaking his toe during practice Wednesday. The team recalled center Rick Rypien and left wing Tyler Bouck from AHL Manitoba and sent rookie right wing Jesse Schultz to Manitoba.

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