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Wings cut off Sabres

Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist, and Curtis Joseph made 23 saves to power the shorthanded Detroit Red Wings to a 7-2 victory over the Sabres last night in Buffalo.

Kris Draper, Mathieu Schneider, and Boyd Devereaux each had a goal and an assist, and Kirk Maltby and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Red Wings, who won their second straight.

Daniel Briere and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, who lost their third straight and are 1-4 in their last five.

Joseph, who cleared waivers Friday after Detroit demoted him to Grand Rapids of the AHL, was making his fourth start of the season and first since a 5-2 win over Minnesota Nov. 22. Ryan Miller, recalled from Rochester (AHL) Monday, allowed seven goals on 23 shots.

Devils 1, Islanders 0 -- Patrik Elias, stopped on a penalty shot early in overtime, scored at 2:09 of the extra period to lead host New Jersey past New York.

Elias dropped a pass to Scott Gomez, then went to the net and swatted the return pass past Garth Snow to give Martin Brodeur his league-high sixth shutout and the 70th of his career.

Brodeur only stopped 18 shots, but made a fabulous save on a rebound attempt by Alexei Yashin late in the third period with the Islanders on their only power play.

Snow was outstanding in stopping 34 shots, including Elias's penalty shot just 16 seconds into the overtime after Roman Hamrlik was called for hooking Elias on a breakaway.

Thrashers 4, Kings 3 -- Marc Savard scored his second goal of the game with 1:23 left in overtime, giving host Atlanta a victory over Los Angeles in a matchup of first-place teams.

The final four minutes of the third period, plus overtime, provided some thrilling end-to-end action. Slava Kozlov and Shawn McEachern gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead, but Joseph Corvo found the net with just 4.8 seconds remaining in regulation to force OT.

Mighty Ducks 3, Sharks 2 -- Ruslan Salei and Petr Sykora scored 49 seconds apart in the third period to rally host Anaheim.

San Jose took a 2-0 lead in the opening period, but the Ducks' Andy McDonald closed the gap to 2-1 in the second.

Sykora's goal 7:20 into the third period tied it briefly before Salei completed the comeback.

Blue Jackets 1, Flyers 1 -- Sami Kapanen scored with 1:08 left in regulation to lift visiting Philadelphia into a tie with Columbus.

Columbus goaltender Fred Brathwaite was brilliant all night, stopping 40 shots. Kapanen's goal came after the Flyers had continually peppered Brathwaite with a series of shots for a full minute.

Coyotes 2, Stars 1 -- Sean Burke made 39 saves and Daymond Langkow had a goal and an assist to get visiting Phoenix past Dallas.

Canadiens 2, Rangers 1 -- Jan Bulis broke a third-period tie and set up Montreal's other goal in the Canadiens' 2-1 victory over the Rangers in New York.

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