Sabres edge Montreal, pursue playoff position

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. J.P. Dumont and Adam Mair both scored in the second period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Martin Biron made 24 saves for the Sabres, who climbed within six points of the New York Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Each team has six games remaining.

Thrashers 3, Capitals 2

ATLANTA Daniel Tjarnqvist scored on a 55-foot shot with 7:24 remaining and Atlanta kept alive its their slim playoff hopes, beating Washington.

Kari Lehtonen won his second straight start since getting called up from the minors, stopping 23 shots. Matthew Yeats lost his first NHL start for the Capitals.

Blue Jackets 2, Wild 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio Rick Nash scored his 39th goal and Marc Denis stopped 20 shots to lead Columbus over Minnesota.

Nash moved into a tie with Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk for the NHL goal lead.

Aaron Johnson scored his second goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row since dropping eight straight.

Flames 4, Coyotes 0

GLENDALE, Ariz. Jarome Iginla scored his 39th goal, Roman Turek earned his second straight shutout and Calgary snapped a two-game skid by beating Phoenix.

Canucks 1, Kings 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Matt Cooke scored midway through the first period and Dan Cloutier stopped 15 shots in Vancouver's victory over Los Angeles.

Cloutier, making his first start after missing two games because of a hip injury, wasn't tested often. The Canucks recorded 27 shots and controlled the play through most of the first two periods.

Stars 4, Oilers 3, OT

EDMONTON, Alberta Bill Guerin scored 3:11 into overtime as Dallas rallied to beat Edmonton and clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Brenden Morrow scored with less than a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Fernando Pisani gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead with his second of the night with 6:59 left in regulation.

Eric Brewer also scored for the Oilers, who haven't lost in regulation time in 14 games (8-0-2-4). Edmonton has sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference with 83 points, five behind Calgary and one ahead of Nashville.

David Oliver and Lubomir Sekeras also scored for the Stars, who've won four in a row and are unbeaten in six (5-0-1).

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