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Ennis powers Sabres to shootout victory

Associated Press / March 11, 2012
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Tyler Ennis scored in regulation and then added the winning goal in the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 victory over the Senators Saturday night in Ottawa.

Nathan Gerbe and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller stopped 33 shots.

Erik Karlsson scored twice and Erik Condra had a goal for the Senators, who got 38 saves from Ben Bishop.

The Senators were shorthanded for the final 67 seconds of overtime after Karlsson took a tripping penalty. Bishop made two great saves to force the game to a shootout.

The Senators picked up a point in the shootout loss, and now trail the Bruins by 2 points in the race for first place in the Northeast Division.

Karlsson gave the Senators a 3-2 lead at 7:14 of the third period. He took advantage of a turnover just inside the blue line and fired a wrist shot past Miller.

Marcus Foligno tied it with his first NHL goal as his backhander deflected off a stick and past Bishop.

The Senators had 21 shots on Miller in the second period.

Flyers 1, Maple Leafs 0 - Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves for his third shutout in the past four games and Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout to give visiting Philadelphia the victory.

Bryzgalov made his 11th straight start in goal for Philadelphia. His biggest save came on a Phil Kessel breakaway in overtime. He also denied the Leafs forward in the shootout to preserve the victory.

Jonas Gustavsson made 27 saves for the Maple Leafs, who dropped their seventh straight home game.

Canadiens 4, Canucks 1 - Erik Cole scored two third-period goals to help visiting Montreal win consecutive games for the first time in a month.

Cole gave Montreal a 2-1 lead with a soft backhanded shot that eluded goalie Roberto Luongo 13 seconds into the third period. He made it 4-1 with 8:58 left, knocking in his own rebound for his 25th goal of the season and third in four games.

Avalanche 3, Oilers 2 - Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller scored in the shootout and Semyon Varlamov stopped both shots he faced as Colorado held off Edmonton in Denver.

Cody McLeod and Mueller had goals in regulation for the Avalanche, who kept within striking distance of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Predators 3, Red Wings 2 - Andrei Kostitsyn scored a pair of power-play goals and Pekka Rinne made 35 saves for his 38th win of the season to lead host Nashville.

Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville. Drew Mller and Justin Abdelkader had goals for Detroit. Both teams scored within a 13-second span of the first period.

Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1 - Brian Elliott made 21 saves and St. Louis beat Columbus to tie a franchise record with its 29th home victory of the season.

Elliott, who backed up Jaroslav Halak the last three games, lowered his NHL-best goals-against average to 1.61.

Devils 2, Islanders 1 - Marek Zidlicky and David Clarkson scored 14 seconds apart in the final two minutes of the third period to rally New Jersey past host New York.

John Tavares broke the scoreless tie 6:46 into the third period, and Anders Nilsson seemed poised to shut out the Devils for the second time in a week.

Hurricanes 4, Lightning 2 - Jeff Skinner scored two goals and Cam Ward made 36 saves in his 199th NHL win to spark Carolina’s victory at Tampa.

Skinner gave Carolina a 3-2 lead when he skated around the net and scored from a tough angle at 6:37 of the third period. Chad LaRose added an empty-net goal.

Stars 2, Ducks 0 - Brenden Morrow scored a power-play goal in his return from an 18-game injury absence, Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves for his 20th career shutout, and Dallas stretched its winning streak to five with the victory over visiting Anaheim.

Morrow, who had been out with neck and shoulder stiffness, scored his ninth of the season at 2:37 of the second period, converting Jamie Benn’s centering pass just as a 5-on-3 Stars power play expired. Steve Ott also assisted on the goal.

Coyotes 3, Sharks 0 - Mike Smith stopped 42 shots, Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone scored second-period goals, and host Phoenix ended a five-game losing streak.

Raffi Torres added his 12th goal of the season early in the third period.

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