Feb 26 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games.
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Sabres 5, Bruins 4 (overtime)
Matt D'Agostini scored 22 seconds into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
D'Agostini raced past Boston captain Zdeno Chara on a partial breakaway and beat Bruins goalie Chad Johnson with a backhand deke on the winning goal. He scored unassisted.
His game-winner came after Sabres left winger Matt Moulson had tied the score at 4-4 with 52.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
Zemgus Girgensons, defenseman Tyler Myers and Brian Flynn also scored for the Sabres (17-34-8).
Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara and left wingers Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins (37-16-5), who erased a two-goal deficit in the second period only to falter late.
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Red Wings 2, Canadiens 1 (overtime)
Detroit right winger Gustav Nyqvist scored 4:32 into overtime to give the Red Wings a 2-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens.
Nyqvist scored his 15th goal of the season into an open left side with 27.3 seconds left in the extra period after Detroit blew a 1-0 lead late in regulation.
Montreal right winger Brian Gionta scored the tying goal with 28.7 seconds remaining in the third, ending a shutout bid for Jimmy Howard, who finished with 19 saves.
Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi scored his first goal since Dec. 10 in the first. He was a healthy scratch in Detroit's eight games prior to the Olympic break after recording one point in 18 games subsequent to his previous goal.
Detroit (27-20-12), which lost its final game before the break following a 3-0-1 run, won the first two of four games against its new Atlantic Division rival and closed to within five points of Montreal (32-21-7).
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Canucks 1, Blues 0
Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen, who had scored once in his past 19 games, scored the only goal to lead his team to victory over the St Louis Blues.
Hansen beat St Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak on a breakaway, darting between the Blues defense at 11:14 of the third period.
Halak finished with 34 saves while Eddie Lack had 20 stops for the shutout.
Canucks center Ryan Kesler, who hurt his hand playing for the U.S. against Russia at the Olympics, was not involved.
The Canucks (28-24-9) moved from 10th to eighth in the West, one point ahead of Phoenix and Dallas, who both have three games in hand.
St Louis (39-13-6) remains in second place, three points behind Anaheim but with two games in hand.
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Kings 6, Avalanche 4
Anze Kopitar scored twice while fellow center Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche.
Defenseman Robyn Regher and center Jarret Stoll also had goals for the Kings (32-22-6), who started their playoff push with a much-needed win.
The Kings stumbled into the Olympic break after going 2-8-1 before the Games and they trailed 4-2 against Colorado in the second before storming back with four unanswered scores.
Ryan O'Reilly netted his 22nd goal of the season among four goal-scorers for the Avalanche (37-17-5), who entered the Olympic break on 79 points. (Editing by John O'Brien)
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