NHL Wrap: Sabres top Devils in shootout

NHL Wrap: Sabres top Devils in shootout
April 7, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The Flyers were off on Sunday, a day after Steve Mason made his debut in goal in an ugly 4-1 loss to the Jets (see story).

And though the team didn't make a big move at the deadline, it plugged a few holes without mortgaging away the future (see story).

Here is how the teams in a race for the playoffs with the Flyers fared on Sunday:

Sabres beat Devils in shootout
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nathan Gerbe scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory Sunday night over New Jersey that extended the Devils' losing streak to seven games.

Ryan Miller stopped 37 shots through overtime, and all three shootout attempts -- included a victory-clinching glove save on Travis Zajac.

Steve Ott extended his goal streak to three games, and Patrick Kaleta also scored for Buffalo, which won its third straight.

Steve Sullivan and Mark Fayne, who forced overtime with a short-handed goal, scored for the Devils, who are 0-3-4 in their past seven. That is their longest winless streak since going 0-4-2-1 from Nov. 10-23, 2001.

The Devils' loss clinched a playoff spot for the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins and the West-leading Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday became the first teams to secure berths. (See full recap.)

Panthers down Senators
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Sunday night that sent the Senators to their fourth straight loss.

Kulikov's wrist shot from top of the left circle beat Craig Anderson while Sergei Gonchar was serving a holding penalty.

Scott Clemmensen had 40 saves and Marcel Goc also scored for Florida, which has won four of five.

Ottawa's Cory Conacher scored his first goal since being acquired from Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Anderson stopped 15 of 17 shots in his return from an ankle injury he sustained against the New York Rangers on Feb. 21. He missed 18 games and did not play when he returned for Friday night's 4-2 loss at Buffalo. (See full recap.)

Ovechkin lifts Caps over Lightning
WASHINGTON -- Harking back to his MVP days, Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Sunday to make it five goals in two games and the Washington Capitals got a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ovechkin scored his 24th and 25th goal - giving him 16 in 14 games - to pull even with the Lightning's Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the NHL.

John Carlson and Joel Ward also scored for the Capitals, who moved two points ahead of the second-place Winnipeg Jets in Southeast Division with a game in hand.

Michal Neuvirth, making his first start since March 16, had 28 saves, including a pair of point-blank one-on-one stops against Vincent Lecavalier. (See full recap.)

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