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Dupuis helps Penguins win seventh straight

Associated Press / March 8, 2012
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Pascal Dupuis scored twice and had an assist, and the Penguins rallied to beat the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh for their seventh straight victory.

Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to a career-best six games, and rookie Brad Thiessen stopped 22 shots.

The Penguins started the day by unveiling a statue honoring Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux outside Consol Energy Center. The three-time MVP, now the team owner, watched from his box as Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in its last 12 home games to strengthen its hold on fourth-place in the Eastern Conference.

Phil Kessel and Carl Gunnarsson scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs let an early two-goal lead slip away while falling to 1-2 since Randy Carlyle took over as coach following Ron Wilson’s firing.

The Maple Leafs have lost six of seven and are five points behind eighth-place Winnipeg in the playoff race.

Sabres 3, Hurricanes 2 - Jason Pominville scored on a power play 56 seconds into overtime to give host Buffalo the win.

Thomas Vanek and Tyler Myers also scored to help the Sabres (31-28-8) jump into a tie with Washington for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Ryan Miller stopped 22 shots, while Pominville also had an assist in a game in which the Sabres outshot the Hurricanes, 42-24.

Jaroslav Spacek and Chad LaRose scored for the Hurricanes, 2-1-4 in their past seven games.

Coming off a 4-3 overtime win at Washington, Carolina’s dropped to 8-14-9 on the road and failed to win consecutive road games for the first time since October.

The Sabres converted with Bryan Allen off for hooking, in a penalty called with 55 seconds left in regulation. Parked atop the left circle, Pominville took a pass from Christian Ehrhoff and blasted it inside the far post. Goalie Cam Ward appeared to be screened by defenseman Jay Harrison.

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