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Sabres rally to top Maple Leafs

ICE HOCKEY The Buffalo Sabres won their third game in four as they continued their trend of turning around deficits of at least a pair of goals to emerge the victors


Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek, left, and goaltender Cristobal Huet sandwich the Minnesota Wild's Brian Rolston during the first period of their NHL match in Montreal on Wednesday.


Daniel Briere scored two goals and broke a third-period tie, and the Buffalo Sabres erased another two-goal deficit in a 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Of Buffalo's 18 wins, seven have come after it has trailed by at least a pair of goals.

Maxim Afinogenov, Jiri Novotny, Brian Campbell, Jason Pominville and Chris Drury also scored for the Sabres, who won their second straight.

Darcy Tucker had two goals, and Kyle Wellwood and Jeff O'Neill also scored for Toronto, which has lost three of four.

Briere's quick wrist shot eluded Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft's glove with five minutes left in the third, and Pominville and Drury iced it with two short-handed, empty-net goals to give Buffalo its third win in four games.

Buffalo has scored at least seven goals in five games this season.

Senators 3, Flyers 2, OT

At Philadelphia, Wade Redden scored with 20.6 seconds left in overtime, and Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson had second-period goals for Ottawa.

Fisher sent a cross-ice pass to Redden, who beat goalie Antero Niittymaki to give the rejuvenated Senators their third straight victory. The Senators, who entered with the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference after piling up 119 points last season, won for the fourth time in five games.

Petr Nedved got his first goal of the season and Mike Knuble also scored for the Flyers, who lost their sixth straight home game and third in a row overall just hours after former coach Ken Hitchcock was hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Blues 4, Blue Jackets 3, SO

At Columbus, Ohio, Bill Guerin scored the only goal in the shootout for St. Louis in Columbus' final game before Ken Hitchcock takes over as coach.

Hitchcock's hiring was announced by team president and general manager Doug MacLean shortly before the Blue Jackets took the ice to face the Blues.

St Louis goalie Manny Legace stopped all four shots, including a glove save on Manny Malhotra's last attempt in the shootout. Legace finished with 29 saves.

Thrashers 4, Capitals 2

At Washington, Bobby Holik got his 300th career goal Atlanta scored three times in the second period to erase a two-goal deficit in a fight-filled game against Washington.

Glen Metropolit broke a 2-2 tie after Holik's goal evened the score, and Atlanta halted a four-game skid. Ilya Kovalchuk added a late goal and Shane Hnidy scored his first of the season to help the Thrashers go 4-0 against the Capitals.

Washington's Jakub Klepis had a goal and an assist one game after scoring his first goal of the season. Matt Pettinger added a goal, but couldn't prevent the Capitals from losing their season-high fourth straight.

Canadiens 4, Wild 2

At Montreal, Radek Bonk scored 12:23 into the third period and Cristobal Huet made 36 saves as Montreal beat Minnesota.

With all five Minnesota players around him and Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom facing backward, Bonk back-handed his own rebound of a loose puck in the crease over the goal line for his fifth goal of the season. Alex Kovalev and Steve Begin scored in the first period for Montreal, which has won two in a row, and four of five.

Lightning 6, Panthers 4

At Sunrise, Florida, Ryan Craig and Brad Richards each scored two goals and Johan Holmqvist made 31 saves as Tampa Bay edged Florida.

Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle also scored for the Lightning, which scored four third-period goals.

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