Sabres saddle Panthers with loss

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2003

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Daniel Briere's power-play goal late in the second period gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Florida on Wednesday night, the Panthers' fourth straight loss.

With Olli Jokinen off for hooking, Briere tipped Miroslav Satan's shot from the point past Robert Luongo with 39 seconds left in the period for his 21st goal of the season and fourth in eight games.

Chris Taylor also scored his first NHL goal since Jan. 20, 2000 as Buffalo won its second straight.

Penguins 3, Rangers 1

NEW YORK -- Martin Straka and Tomas Surovy scored power-play goals in the first period as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a 16-game winless streak.

Sebastien Caron made 33 saves and was 11:46 away from his third shutout in 22 career games before Brian Leetch scored his 10th goal of the season.

Eric Meloche also scored for the Penguins, who were 0-14-2 since defeating St. Louis on Feb. 22 and just two winless games away from tying the worst stretch in club history.

Thrashers 5, Hurricanes 1

ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley scored two goals and the Atlanta Thrashers extended the Carolina Hurricanes' winless streak to six games.

Blues 1, Wild 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Cory Stillman scored the game's only goal and Chris Osgood recorded his second shutout since joining the St. Louis Blues.

Oilers 4, Coyotes 3

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike York scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers held on to clinch a playoff berth. Last year, the five-time Stanley Cup champions missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

The victory pulled the Oilers within two points of seventh-place Minnesota, which lost 1-0 to St. Louis, and three points behind Anaheim.

York scored the winner when he deflected Cory Cross' shot from the point on a power play at 6:09 of the third for his 22nd of the season.

Phoenix had tied the game 2:55 into the third when Jeff Taffe slid the puck past Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo on what began as a harmless dump-in.

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