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NHL: Bernier sparks against Buffalo in Sabres debut

AP , BUFFALO, NEW YORK

The Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith, left, tries to pull the Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan, front, and Keith Ballard off Brent Seabrook in the third period of their NHL game in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AP

Steve Bernier scored twice and added an assist in his Sabres debut, pushing Buffalo back into an NHL playoff position with an 8-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

Ryan Miller stopped 24 of 26 shots to earn his 29th victory despite missing eight minutes of the second period after having his nose bloodied by a shot from Marek Zidlicky that hit him on the mask. Bernier scored on his first two shots, giving Buffalo a 2-0 lead, a day after being acquired in a trade from San Jose.

Toni Lydman had a career high four assists, and Ales Kotalik had a goal and two assists.

Jason Arnott scored twice for Nashville.

Sharks 4, Blue Jackets 2

Brian Campbell notched up his first point for visitors San Jose, which scored three goals in an eight-minute span of the second period to beat Columbus.

Jonathan Cheechoo ran his goal streak to four games, Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and Torrey Mitchell and Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Sharks, who won their third in a row.

Wild 3, Lightning 2

At Tampa, Florida, Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a goal and an assist to lead Minnesota past Tampa Bay.

Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Michel Ouellet and Jeff Halpern scored the goals for the Lightning, who are last in the Eastern Conference and have lost five straight.

Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 3, SO

At Sunrise, Florida, Matt Sundin's second goal with 1:08 left in regulation forced overtime, and Toronto went on to a shootout victory over Florida.

Tomas Kaberle scored the only goal of the shootout, and Toronto's Vesa Toskala sealed the victory when he blocked Olli Jokinen's wrist shot.

Jassen Cullimore, Brett McLean and Rostislav Olesz scored for Florida.

Blackhawks 1, Coyotes 0

At Chicago, Patrick Lalime made 32 saves for his first shutout in more than a year, and Jason Williams scored the lone goal in Chicago's win over Phoenix.

Lalime wasn't tested heavily in posting his first shutout since Feb. 7 last year, and the 35th of his NHL career. He started his third straight game for Chicago because No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin remained sidelined due to back spasms.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 24 shots for Phoenix. He made several tough saves early before Williams scored 7:58 into the game.

Avalanche 3, Canucks 2, SO

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Joe Sakic tied the game with 14.7 seconds left, and Marek Svatos scored the winning goal in the shootout, lifting Colorado to a win over Vancouver.

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