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Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Buffalo has had its fair share of misfortune this season, but was on the right side of a bizarre play Monday night as the Sabres edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, in overtime at First Niagra Center. Mark Pysyk fired a shot from near the right circle 3:47 into the extra session which was initially stopped by Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, but the puck bounced straight up into the air and was batted down by a Phoenix defender and landed in the back of Smith's pants. Smith, unaware of the disc wedged in his pants, turned and slid backwards into the net carrying the puck across the goal line for the game-winner. Tyler Ennis scored the game-tying goal 14:01 into the final session for the Sabres, winners in three of their last four. Ryan Miller made 36 saves in the win. Martin Hanzal scored the lone goal for Phoenix, which has dropped four of its last five games. Smith made 30 saves.

Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Toronto 1 (SO)

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello each scored during the shootout to give the New York Rangers a hard-fought 2-1 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden. J.T. Miller netted the Rangers' lone regulation goal and Cam Talbot stopped 25-of-26 shots through three periods and overtime to help New York close out a franchise- record nine-game homestand on a high note. The Blueshirts went just 3-4-2 on the residency, but followed up a 4-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday with Monday's result. Toronto fell for the ninth time in its last 10 road assignments despite a terrific 42-save performance from Jonathan Bernier and a clutch goal from Nazem Kadri, who tallied on a power play with just 1:24 left in the third period to force overtime.

Final Score: Anaheim 3, Washington 2

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Hampus Lindholm's tally late in the third period sent Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over the Capitals in Bruce Boudreau's return to Washington. Boudreau had served as Caps head coach from November of 2007 through November of 2011, and was named to Anaheim's post only two days after being dumped. Due to limited inter-conference play and last year's lockout, he had yet to set foot in America's capital since. Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano registered a goal and assist each for the Ducks, who won all four contests on their completed road trip and extended their franchise-best streak to nine consecutive triumphs. Jonas Hiller needed to make just 17 stops to run his record to 16-4-4. Mikhail Grabovski and Nicklas Backstrom provided the offense for the Capitals, losers in four of their last six outings. Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 pucks in defeat.

Final Score: Columbus 4, Carolina 3

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille scored 1:28 apart late in the third period to boost the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Johansen tied the game with 4:02 left and Skille put the Blue Jackets in front with a rising shot from the right circle past Justin Peters. Mike McKenna stood tall with 30 saves, including a stop on Jeff Skinner from in close in the final 30 seconds after the Hurricanes pulled Peters for the extra attacker. Corey Tropp and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won back-to-back contests since a three-game skid. Skinner scored twice and Alexander Semin contributed a goal and an assist for Carolina, which has lost three in a row and six of seven. The Hurricanes have lost six straight against Columbus and haven't beaten the Blue Jackets since Dec. 15, 2005. Peters, who turned aside a season-high 47 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss at Tampa Bay Saturday, made 21 saves Monday.

Final Score: Ottawa 5, Pittsburgh 0

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Erik Karlsson collected a goal and two assists and Craig Anderson posted a 27-save shutout, as the Ottawa Senators halted Pittsburgh's seven-game win streak with a 5-0 pounding of the Penguins on Monday at Canadian Tire Centre. Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, Zack Smith and Cory Conacher each lit the lamp once to help the Senators snap a three-game slide. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed all five goals on 29 shots for the Penguins, who lost forward Pascal Dupuis to a lower-body injury early in the first period after he collided with teammate Sidney Crosby. The Metropolitan Division leaders were blanked away from home for the first time since a 1-0 decision at Toronto on Feb. 1, 2012.

Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Detroit 0

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 23 shots he faced and received three first-period goals of support in the New York Islanders' 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Nabokov made early scores by Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner and Casey Cizikas hold up in notching his first shutout of the season and leading the Islanders to only their third win in their past 17 games. Petr Mrazek came up with just 16 saves in the loss, the injury-plagued Red Wings' seventh in nine outings and sixth in the last seven at home. The Islanders scored three times on only seven shots during the opening period en route to their second straight road triumph that followed a 10-game skid as the visitor.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Florida 1

Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin St. Louis had one goal and two assists and J.T. Brown added a pair of goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning pounded the Florida Panthers, 6-1, at BB&T Center. Valtteri Flippula had one goal and assist and Victor Hedman had three helpers for the Lightning, winners in five straight. Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn added one goal apiece and Ben Bishop made 28 saves in the win. Sean Bergenheim tallied the lone goal for the Panthers, who have dropped two straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak. Scott Clemmensen made 30 saves, but allowed all six goals in the setback.

Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Minnesota 1

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wayne Simmonds tallied twice and Steve Mason stopped 26 shots as Philadelphia entered its holiday break with a 4-1 decision over Minnesota on Monday. Claude Giroux and Luke Schenn also scored with Jakub Voracek chipping in a pair of assists for the Flyers, who are off until Friday when they kick off a predominantly western-flavored road trip in Edmonton. Monday's hosts extended their home winning streak to nine for the first time since doing so from Oct. 7-Nov. 12, 2005. Mikael Granlund lit the lamp and Niklas Backstrom halted 27 pucks for the Wild, who stumbled to their third straight loss and fifth in seven thanks to the loss of Zach Parise -- a late scratch with a lower-body injury.

Final Score: Chicago 5, New Jersey 2

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Sharp scored twice and Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 12 games, as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the New Jersey Devils, 5-2, on Monday at United Center. Kane and Bryan Bickell each lit the lamp once, while Nick Leddy added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have picked up at least one point in eight of their last nine games (6-1-2). Antti Raanta needed just 10 saves to record the victory. Stephen Gionta and Michael Ryder tallied a goal apiece, while Cory Schneider allowed all five goals on 37 shots for the Devils, who had a four-game point streak halted.

Final Score: Boston 6, Nashville 2

Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarome Iginla scored twice and the Boston Bruins used a terrific special teams effort to down the Nashville Predators, 6-2, on Monday. Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg each recorded a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who converted on all three of their power-play chances to earn their seventh win in their last nine games. Tuukka Rask was beaten twice by Craig Smith but stopped the other 32 shots he faced from Nashville, which has dropped four in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Carter Hutton was given the quick hook after giving up two goals on the first four shots he faced, while Marek Mazanec yielded four goals on 29 shots.

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