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Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Stafford scored the go-ahead goal on a wrap-around in the third period and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Thursday night, winning consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. Brian Flynn, Marcus Foligno and Tyler Myers also scored for Buffalo in the first game of a home-and-home series between the teams. Ryan Miller had 34 saves for the win. The Sabres had lost 10 of their last 13 coming in, but beat the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. They hadn't won back-to-back games since Nov. 12 and 15. Brad Marchand had both Boston goals and Chad Johnson allowed four goals on 23 shots. The Bruins have lost two of three since a four-game winning streak. The teams will play again in Boston on Saturday night.

Final Score: Toronto 2, Phoenix 1 (SO)

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul both scored in the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre. Van Riemsdyk slipped the puck through Mike Smith's five-hole on the backhand. Smith flew back into the net and did not allow the referees to see where the puck went. After a review, the goal was deemed to be good. Mikkel Boedker beat James Reimer on a backhand shot, but two Toronto shooters later, Lupul lit the lamp after faking the shot and wristing the puck over the shoulder of Smith. Troy Bodie netted Toronto's lone goal in regulation. Cody Franson and Peter Holland picked up the assists on the score and James Reimer turned aside 34 shots as the Maple Leafs snapped a two-game skid. Martin Hanzal tied the game late in the third and Smith stopped 26-of-27 shots in the loss. The Coyotes have now dropped three straight.

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Columbus 4

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Claude Giroux scored the tying and winning goals in a 2:08 span to cap a five-goal third period which sent Philadelphia to a 5-4 win over Columbus in the opener of a home-and-home set. Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn and Erik Gustafsson also picked up a tally in the frenzied final frame for the Flyers, who earned their eighth straight home victory with a spirited comeback. Steve Mason faced his former club for the first time and made 24 saves. Cam Atkinson, Jack Skille and Nick Foligno tallied for the Blue Jackets, who blew leads of 3-0 and 4-2 to remain winless in six tries at Philadelphia since entering the league for the 2000-01 season. Curtis McElhinney was victimized five times on 39 shots in defeat. These clubs meet in Ohio's capital on Saturday.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 2

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Olli Maatta scored a key short-handed goal on a penalty shot and collected one assist, helping the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins post a 5-2 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild. Chris Kunitz had two goals for the Penguins, who notched their season-high sixth consecutive win and ninth in a row at CONSOL Energy Center, the NHL's longest home winning streak this season. Jeff Zatkoff made 24 saves in his sixth straight win. Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley scored for Minnesota, which played its first game since placing starting goaltender Josh Harding on injured reserve. Harding will miss some time in order to make an adjustment to his medication for multiple sclerosis. Niklas Backstrom surrendered five goals on 36 shots.

Final Score: Florida 4, Ottawa 2

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Gilbert scored the go-ahead power-play goal and Tomas Kopecky added the insurance tally while shorthanded in a 51- second span late in regulation, as Florida rallied past Ottawa, 4-2, on Thursday. Jimmy Hayes and Alex Barkov also lit the lamp for the Panthers, who extended their season-high winning streak to five games. Scott Clemmensen picked up the victory thanks to 32 saves. Chris Neil and Jason Spezza posted markers for the Senators, who have dropped four of six. Craig Anderson took the loss despite 31 stops.

Final Score: Detroit 3, Calgary 2 (OT)

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Daniel Alfredsson scored his second goal 63 seconds into overtime as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Calgary Flames, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings got a power play when Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie was whistled for hooking with 42 seconds left in regulation. On the ensuing power play, Pavel Datsyuk fed Alfredsson for a one-timer in the slot. Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves for the Red Wings, who snapped a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) and avoided a sixth consecutive loss at home. Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano both scored for Calgary, which fell to 1-1-2 on its five-game road trip. Karri Ramo stopped 35 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Nashville 2

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Killorn had one goal and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday. Martin St. Louis, Teddy Purcell and Richard Panik also tallied for the Lightning, winners in three straight. Anders Lindback made 28 saves in the win. Craig Smith scored both goals for the Predators, losers in seven of their last 10. Carter Hutton allowed four goals on just 14 shots before he was pulled in favor of Marek Mazanec in the second period. Mazanec made 19 saves in the setback.

Final Score: St. Louis 5, Montreal 1

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Steen lit the lamp twice and T.J. Oshie had two assists as the St. Louis Blues cruised past the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, at Scottrade Center. Jaden Schwartz, Chris Stewart, and Maxim Lapierre all scored for the Blues and Brenden Morrow tallied his 300th assist to help the Blues snap a two-game losing streak. Jaroslav Halak stopped 25-of-26 shots in the victory. Brendan Gallagher supplied Montreal's lone goal and Carey Price allowed all five goals for the Canadiens, who have lost two of their last three.

Final Score: Dallas 4, Vancouver 1

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Erik Cole picked up a goal and two assists as Dallas downed Vancouver, 4-1, at American Airlines Center. Valeri Nichushkin, Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour also lit the lamp for the Stars, who have won three of their last four, including consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley each added a pair of assists while Kari Lehtonen picked up his 100th win for Dallas thanks to 27 saves. Chris Higgins netted the lone score for the Canucks, whose eight- game point streak (7-0-1) came to an end. Roberto Luongo was pulled after yielding four goals on 19 shots in 42-plus minutes. Eddie Lack finished the contest with seven saves.

Final Score: Colorado 4, Edmonton 2

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Maxime Talbot's shorthanded goal late in the second period proved to be the difference as the Colorado Avalanche took a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists while Ryan O'Reilly and Tyson Barrie chipped in with one goal apiece for the Avalanche, winners in two of their last three games. Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves in the win. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both finished with a goal and an assist for the Oilers, losers in five straight, including four in a row on the road.

Final Score: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Carter had one goal and an assist and Martin Jones made 31 saves as the Los Angeles Kings cruised to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center. Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King also added one goal and a helper and Alec Martinez finished with a goal for the Kings, winners in eight of their last nine games. Patrick Marleau scored the Sharks lone goal. San Jose has dropped six of its last eight. Antti Niemi allowed all four goals on 32 shots.

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