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BOX: Wild 5, Stars 3

Stacy Roest scored the tiebreaking goal with 8:57 left to lift Minnesota past Dallas.

With the game tied at 3, Roest knocked a rebound into an open net for his eighth goal. Pascal Dupuis added an empty-netter with 10.5 seconds remaining.

Andrew Brunette, Marian Gaborik and Darby Hendrickson also scored for the Wild.

Jere Lehtinen, Pierre Turgeon and Brenden Morrow had Dallas' goals.

Minnesota 0 2 3 ; -- 5

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; Dallas 1 1 1 ; -- 3

; First Period -- 1, Dallas, Turgeon 12 (Zubov, Lehtinen), 13:21.

Second Period -- 2, Minnesota, Gaborik 22 (Dowd, Zholtok), 16:09 (pp). 3, Dallas, Morrow 12 (Nieuwendyk, Zubov), 19:01. 4, Minnesota, Hendrickson 9 (Laaksonen, Benysek), 19:55.

Third Period -- 5, Minnesota, Hendrickson 14 (Zholtok), 2:13. 6, Dallas, Lehtinen 18 (Turgeon, Lukowich), 7:04. 7, Minnesota, Roest 8 (Laaksonen, Dupuis), 11:03. 8, Minnesota, Dupuis 11 (Laaksonen), 19:49 (en).

Shots on goal -- Minnesota 3-7-12 -- 22. Dallas 10-6-10 -- 26.

Goalies -- Minnesota, Fernandez. Dallas, Turco. A -- 18,532 (18,532).

sabres 3, canadiens 0

Martin Biron stopped 26 shots to record his second consecutive shutout and lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

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Chris Gratton, J.P. Dumont and Brian Campbell scored for the Sabres in a critical Eastern Conference meeting. With the win, the Sabres jumped ahead of idle Pittsburgh into 11th place, and within four points of Montreal and the New York Rangers, who are tied for eighth.

Montreal 0 0 0 ; -- 0

; Buffalo 2 1 0 ; -- 3

; First Period -- 1, Buffalo, Gratton 8 (Satan, Barnes), 4:31. 2, Buffalo, Dumont 21 (Brown), 11:19.

Second Period -- 3, Buffalo, Campbell 1 (Afinogenov, Patrick), 14:36.

Third Period -- None.

Shots on goal -- Montreal 8-5-13 -- 26. Buffalo 9-19-9 -- 37.

Goalies -- Montreal, Theodore. Buffalo, Biron. A -- 18,105 (18,690).

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Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 2

Geoff Sanderson scored twice and had a third goal disallowed as Columbus beat New York.

Sanderson, rumored to be a target of the Islanders by the March 19 trade deadline, had two goals in the first period as the Blue Jackets built a 3-0 lead.

Hundreds of hats were thrown on the ice when Sanderson apparently scored midway through the final period, but the goal was waved off by referee Tim Peel after a video review apparently showed Sanderson kicking the puck in.

Mattias Timander and Tyler Wright also scored for Columbus.

Alexei Yashin and Adrian Aucoin had goals for the Islanders.

N.Y. Islanders 0 1 1 ; -- 2

; Columbus 3 0 1 ; -- 4

; First Period -- 1, Columbus, Sanderson 5 (Vyborny, Sillinger), 1:16. 2, Columbus, Wright 11 (Sillinger, Aubin), 3:51. 3, Columbus, Sanderson 6 (Odelein, Tugnutt), 14:32 (pp).

Second Period -- 4, New York, Yashin 28 (Kvasha), 8:42.

Third Period -- 5, New York, Aucoin 12 (Bates, Peca), 14:07. 6, Columbus, Timander 4 (Odelein, Wright), 18:40 (en).

Shots on goal -- New York 12-17-12 -- 41. Columbus 7-4-6 -- 17.

Goalies -- New York, Osgood. Columbus, Tugnutt. A -- 18,136 (18,136).

Capitals 2, Hurricanes 2

Ron Francis scored a pair of power-play goals, rallying Carolina to a tie with Washington.

The Hurricanes maintained their 10-point lead over the Capitals in the Southeast Division.

Jaromir Jagr and Peter Bondra scored within a 12-second span in the second period to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

Washington 0 2 0 0 ; -- 2

; Carolina 1 0 1 0 ; -- 2

; First Period -- 1, Carolina, Francis 22 (Battaglia, Hill), 6:39 (pp).

Second Period -- 2, Washington, Jagr 24 (Oates, Metropolit), 1:11 (pp). 3, Washington, Bondra 30 (Simon), 1:23.

Third Period -- 4, Carolina, Francis 23 (Kapanen, Cole), 4:30 (pp).

Overtime -- None.

Shots on goal -- Washington 12-11-5-5 -- 33. Carolina 7-9-10-2 -- 28.

Goalies -- Washington, Kolzig. Carolina, Irbe. A -- 18,730 (18,730).

Bruins 3, Thrashers 0

Byron Dafoe stopped 21 shots as Boston snapped a five-game winless streak and took over the Northeast Division lead.

Dafoe's fourth shutout of the season and 26th career moved Boston two points ahead of Toronto, which has played two fewer games.

The Bruins were without center Joe Thornton, who was eligible to return from a three-game high-sticking suspension but was scratched with an injury to his left shoulder sustained in practice Thursday. He is expected to undergo an MRI exam in Boston on Saturday.

Boston 0 2 1 ; -- 3

; Atlanta 0 0 0 ; -- 0

; First Period -- None.

Second Period -- 1, Boston, McInnis 10, 10:43. 2, Boston, Murray 29 (Samsonov, O'Donnell), 11:18.

Third Period -- 3, Boston, Axelsson 5 (Rolston), 13:12 (sh).

Shots on goal -- Boston 11-18-9 -- 38. Atlanta 5-10-6 -- 21.

Goalies -- Boston, Dafoe. Atlanta, Nurminen. A -- 18,545 (18,545).

Flyers 4, Lightning 2

Chris Therien scored a tiebreaking goal with 9:17 left in the third period as Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay.

Paul Ranhein added an empty-net power-play goal with 32.2 seconds left.

Justin Williams and Eric Weinrich had the other Philadelphia goals.

Dan Boyle and Brad Richards scored for the Lightning.

Philadelphia 1 1 2 ; -- 4

; Tampa Bay 1 1 0 ; -- 2

; First Period -- 1, Philadelphia, Williams 14 (Therien, Gagne), 11:18. 2, Tampa Bay, Boyle 5 (Prospal, Andreychuk), 13:56 (pp).

Second Period -- 3, Tampa Bay, Richards 15 (Prospal, Clymer), 5:39. 4, Philadelphia, Weinrich 4 (Murray), 13:05.

Third Period -- 5, Philadelphia, Therien 4 (Williams, Roenick), 10:43. 6, Philadelphia, Ranheim 5 (Brashear), 19:28 (pp-en).

Shots on goal -- Philadelphia 8-9-11 -- 28. Tampa Bay 7-10-5 -- 22.

Goalies -- Philadelphia, Boucher. Tampa Bay, Khabibulin. A -- 20,554 (19,758).

Panthers 5, Oilers 4

Niklas Hagman and Ivan Novoseltsev each had a goal and two assists as Florida held off Edmonton to snap a seven-game losing streak.

After trailing 4-0 after the first period, the Oilers stormed back and Ethan Moreau's goal with 1:34 left in regulation made it 5-4.

Hagman, Jason Wiemer, Valeri Bure and Byron Ritchie scored first-period goals for Florida.

Anson Carter scored twice and Steve Staios had one goal for the Oilers.

Edmonton 0 2 2 ; -- 4

; Florida 4 1 0 ; -- 5

; First Period -- 1, Florida, Hagman 7 (Novoseltsev), 2:36 (sh). 2, Florida, Wiemer 8 (Ozolinsh, P.Bure), 11:32 (pp). 3, Florida, V.Bure 8 (Hagman, Van Impe), 12:40. 4, Florida, Ritchie 1 (Huselius, Novoseltsev), 13:52.

Second Period -- 5, Edmonton, Carter 21 (Comrie, Smyth), 7:06. 6, Florida, Novoseltsev 10 (Hagman, Ference), 9:10. 7, Edmonton, Carter 22 (Comrie, Smyth), 16:27 (pp).

Third Period -- 8, Edmonton, Staios 5 (Smyth, Carter), 3:03. 9, Edmonton, Moreau 9 (Grier, Staios), 18:26.

Shots on goal -- Edmonton 14-11-19 -- 44. Florida 12-8-9 -- 29.

Goalies -- Edmonton, Salo, Markkanen, Salo. Florida, Luongo. A -- 15,914

Ducks 2, Devils 1

Paul Kariya scored the go-ahead goal on a power play and Steve Shields made 19 of his 44 saves in the first period as Anaheim beat New Jersey.

Jeff Friesen increased his career point total to 400 with a goal and an assist.

Scott Niedermayer scored a power play goal for the Devils, who lost their third straight game despite outshooting Anahiem 45-19.

New Jersey 0 1 0 ; -- 1

; Anaheim 1 0 1 ; -- 2

; First Period -- 1, Anaheim, Friesen 14 (Rucchin, York), 16:40.

Second Period -- 2, New Jersey, Niedermayer 9 (Holik, Gomez), 12:15 (pp).

Third Period -- 3, Anaheim, Karyia 27 (Ruchin, Friesen), 2:17 (pp).

Shots on goal -- New Jersey 19-13-13 -- 45. Anaheim 5-10-4 -- 19.

Goalies -- New Jersey, Brodeur. Anaheim, Shields. A -- 15,051 (17,174).

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