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Martin Biron won't allow Pittsburgh to get a victory

AP , BUFFALO, NEW YORK

Sabres goalie Martin Biron makes a save during the third period at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday. Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 4-3.

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Martin Biron made 30 saves in winning his 13th straight start and the Buffalo Sabres withstood Pittsburgh's late rally to beat the Penguins 4-3 Saturday.

Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who have won six straight and 10 of 11.

It was 10th loss in 11 games for the Penguins, whose 8-18-7 record is the worst in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo swept the home-and-home series that started Friday night in Pittsburgh with a 4-3 overtime victory.

The Penguins played without owner-captain Mario Lemieux, who had a recurrence of his irregular heartbeat and stayed home. Lemieux played Friday after sitting out four games with the same problem.

Biron became the first NHL goalie to win 13 consecutive starts since Detroit's Chris Osgood in the 1995-1996 season.

Hurricanes 4, Devils 1

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Chad Larose scored his first NHL goal 1:59 into the third period and Eric Staal added his 22nd of the season 19 seconds later to lead Carolina over New Jersey.

Rod Brind'Amour scored Carolina's first goal on a power play in the first period, his 13th of the season.

Islanders 5, Avalanche 4

At Uniondale, New York, Chris Campoli's third-period goal helped New York hold off Colorado.

Rick DiPietro stopped 31 shots for his 12th victory.

Colorado got two goals from Marek Svatos, and one each from John-Michael Liles and Alex Tanguay. David Aebischer started and allowed all five goals on 19 shots. He was pulled in the third period.

Thrashers 2, Panthers 1

At Atlanta, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jim Slater scored 17 seconds apart in the third period and Atlanta handed Florida its 13th consecutive road loss.

Michael Garnett made 27 saves for Atlanta.

Nathan Horton gave the Panthers the lead at 15:36 of the second period.

Senators 8, Maple Leafs 2

At Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Wade Redden each had a goal and two assists and Ottawa scored six power-play goals in beating Toronto.

Linemate Dany Heatley added a goal and an assist, and Bryan Smolinski, Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly also each had a goal and an assist. Dominik Hasek made 27 saves as the Senators outshot Toronto 43-29.

Maple Leafs right wing Mariusz Czerkawski opened the scoring with his first of the season. Defenseman Bryan McCabe got his 11th in the third period.

Red Wings 6, Lightning 3

At Tampa, Florida, Chris Osgood made 28 saves and Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist to help Detroit defeat Tampa Bay.

Osgood has never lost to the Lightning, going 15-0 in his career against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Mikael Samuelsson and Datsyuk scored 35 seconds apart early in the third to give Detroit a 5-3 lead.

Brendan Shanahan extended the Detroit advantage to 6-3 with 10:29 left. Detroit also got goals from Johan Franzen and Jason Woolley.

Rob DiMaio, Dave Andreychuk and Ryan Craig scored for Tampa Bay.

Flyers 5, Blues 2

At St. Louis, Mike Knuble and R.J. Umberger each scored twice and Philadelphia peppered St. Louis goalie Jason Bacashihua in his first NHL start.

Philadelphia scored on three of its first nine shots in the second period to break the game open.

Peter Forsberg and Jon Sim had two assists for the Flyers, who have won three of four despite being riddled with injuries. The Blues, who also lost star forward Keith Tkachuk with a broken hand on Friday, have allowed five goals in losses on consecutive nights.

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