Sabres rally for OT win over Jets

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal 4:35 into overtime, tipping in Jason Pominville’s shot to rally the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Buffalo's Thomas Vanek (left) celebrates with Derek Roy and Jason Pominville after Vanek scored an overtime goal to defeat Winnipeg on Tuesday night. The Sabres fell behind 2-0 before storming back.  David Duprey/Associated Press
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Buffalo's Thomas Vanek (left) celebrates with Derek Roy and Jason Pominville after Vanek scored an overtime goal to defeat Winnipeg on Tuesday night. The Sabres fell behind 2-0 before storming back.

Vanek scored twice and Pominville finished with a goal and two assists. Derek Roy had two goals and an assist, forcing overtime by scoring a power-play goal with 6:08 left in regulation to help Buffalo extend its winning streak to three games.

Bryan Little scored twice, and Dustin Byfuglien and Tanner Glass each had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who closed a seven-game road trip with a 3-2-2 record.

The Sabres never led until Vanek scored in overtime. They trailed 2-0 before the game was six minutes old.

BLUES 3, BLACKHAWKS 0

In St. Louis, Jaroslav Halak shrugged off his shaky start to the season, making 29 saves as St. Louis won coach Ken Hitchcock’s debut.

Chris Stewart scored on the power play to end a 10-game goal drought. Vladimir Sobotka and T.J. Oshie also scored and Barret Jackman had two assists for the Blues, whose 6-7 start cost coach Davis Payne his job.

STARS 5, CAPITALS 2

In Washington, Michael Ryder scored twice, Adam Burish had the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and surprising Dallas beat Washington to snap the Capitals’ six-game home winning streak.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots for the Stars, who have won four in a row and own the best record in the NHL (11-3-0).

Burish put Dallas ahead to stay at 34 seconds of the third period, and Jamie Benn and Eric Nystrom scored in a 32-second span to make it 5-2 with 11:55 left.

RED WINGS 5, AVALANCHE 2

In Detroit, Johan Franzen scored three goals, and suddenly potent Detroit rolled to a win over Colorado.

Detroit has won two in a row with a combined 10 goals after scoring a total of six in a six-game skid following a 5-0 start.

OILERS 3, CANADIENS 1

In Montreal, Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves and Ryan Jones scored a short-handed goal in the second period to send Edmonton to a win over Montreal.

Tom Gilbert scored at 16:28 of the third to put Edmonton up 2-0. Ryan Smyth scored into an empty net with 42.4 seconds remaining.

Khabibulin came within 3:10 of posting his third shutout of the season.

PANTHERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 1

In Toronto, Florida took advantage of shaky Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson and routed Toronto.

Jack Skille, Marco Sturm, Tomas Kopecky, Sean Bergenheim and Shawn Matthias scored for Florida (7-4-3), off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season.

DEVILS 3, HURRICANES 2

In Newark, N.J., rookie center Adam Henrique scored at 16:41 of the third period to lift New Jersey to a win over Carolina.

The Devils earned their third consecutive win and the Hurricanes dropped their third in a row.


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