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Taylor strikes to rattle Sabres into late submission

AP , TAMPA, FLORIDA

Tim Taylor snapped a tie 52 seconds into the third period Thursday, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.

Martin St. Louis added an empty-net goal with 10.3 seconds left for his 86th point this season, tying Brian Bradley's team record.

"When you're in the same sentence as Brian Bradley, it's an honor," St. Louis said. "But the most important thing is the two points."

Cory Stillman also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning, who rebounded from a two-game losing streak that put them behind Detroit for the overall NHL lead.

"Obviously with eight games left, we've got to win six of them to make the playoffs," Buffalo defenseman James Patrick said. "All we can do is control our effort."

Jochen Hecht scored for Buffalo.

Wild 2, Bruins 0

In Boston, Manny Fernandez stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season and Stephane Veilleux scored his first goal since 2002 to lead Minnesota past Boston.

Richard Park also scored for the Wild, 11-3-2-1 against the Eastern Conference. Minnesota has never lost to the Bruins, outscoring them 20-6 in five games over four seasons since they entered the league.

Boston, which hadn't lost in six games, is third in the East -- four points behind Tampa Bay and a point behind Philadelphia. The Bruins lead Ottawa and Toronto by one point atop the Northeast Division.

Senators 2, Avalanche 0

In Ottawa, Peter Schaefer and Wade Redden scored first-period goals and Patrick Lalime made 23 saves for his first shutout in over two months to lift Ottawa past Colorado.

Schaefer scored on a power play after 12:31, and Redden beat goalie David Aebischer 59 seconds later to put Ottawa up by two at 13:30.

Lalime, beaten for five goals on 22 shots in a 5-2 loss Tuesday at Minnesota, recorded his fourth shutout of the season -- his first since Jan. 13.

The Senators, who had lost two in succession to end a 2-3 trip, extended their home point streak to 22 games. They haven't lost in regulation at home (17-3-2) since a defeat against Boston on Dec. 13.

Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 2

In Philadelphia, Brian Leetch scored his first two goals with Toronto, lifting the Maple Leafs over Philadelphia.

Ed Belfour made 26 saves and Gary Roberts added a goal for Toronto, which had lost six straight to the Flyers.

Leetch was acquired March 3 from the New York Rangers.

John LeClair and Kim Johnsson scored late in the game for Philadelphia, which was unbeaten in four games. Robert Esche lost for the first time in six starts.

The Flyers outscored the Maple Leafs 15-2 in three wins this season.

Capitals 4, Rangers 3, OT

In Washington, Kip Miller spoiled Jaromir Jagr's return to Washington by scoring a power-play goal 1:18 into overtime to give the Capitals a win over Texas.

Josef Boumedienne had a goal and two assists, and Miller had a goal and two assists in Washington's first overtime victory. Jeff Halpern had a goal and an assist as the Capitals went 4-for-7 on the power play and snapped a five-game losing streak.

In other NHL games: Flames 2, Blue Jackets 0; Red Wings 1, Coyotes 1; Stars 3, Canucks 0; Sharks 5, Kings 3

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