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NHL | Coyotes outslug Devils; Sabres top Blackhawks

NEWARK, N.J. - A battered Fredrik Sjostrom scored twice and Martin Hanzal had a goal and three assists yesterday to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

NEWARK, N.J. - A battered Fredrik Sjostrom scored twice and Martin Hanzal had a goal and three assists yesterday to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

After staking the Coyotes to a 1-0 lead, Sjostrom crashed heavily into the boards behind the Devils' net midway through the second period and had to be helped off the ice.

He returned for the third period and helped score three more goals in a satisfying road win. Sjostrom said after the game that he was sore.

"I think the butt took most of it," he said. "In that way, I was lucky. I couldn't move for a few seconds. I'll take it any day to get a win like that."

Sabres 3, Blackhawks 1

BUFFALO - Thomas Vanek had a goal and assist, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves to spoil Patrick Kane's homecoming and help lift Buffalo over Chicago.

Drew Stafford and Jason Pominville also scored, and Derek Roy added two assists for the Sabres.

Kane did have a bright spot, scoring Chicago's lone goal.

The game was Kane's first in his hometown. The No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft grew up about six miles from the Sabres' downtown arena, and had about 500 family and friends in attendance.

Penguins 3, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -Tyler Kennedy scored the winning goal and added two assists as Pittsburgh beat New York.

Sidney Crosby and Ryan Whitney also scored for the Penguins.

Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 0

BOSTON - Jeremy Reich scored his first NHL goal, and Alex Auld stopped 32 shots for his first shutout with Boston, leading the Bruins over Columbus.

Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 1

MONTREAL - Saku Koivu scored twice, and Carey Price made 28 saves to lead Montreal over Toronto.

Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe broke his left hand and is ecpected to be out six to eight weeks.

Senators 7, Thrashers 3

OTTAWA - Dany Heatley scored twice in Ottawa's win over Atlanta.

Antoine Vermette, Nick Foligno, Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo and Andrej Meszaros also scored for the Senators.

Red Wings 5, Panthers 2

DETROIT - Dan Cleary and Brian Rafalski scored in a 1:04 span early in the third period to break a tie, and Valtteri Filppula converted one of Detroit's two penalty shots in the Wings' win over Florida.

Capitals 3, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. - Brian Pothier scored a power-play goal in third period to help Washington beat Tampa Bay. Thomas Fleischmann and David Steckel added goals, and Brent Johnson made 23 saves.

The Lightning earlier announced that center Chris Gratton would be sidelined two weeks because of a hip injury and right winger Michel Ouellet is expected to miss four to six weeks after dislocating his left shoulder.

Stars 4, Sharks 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow each had a goal and an assist as Dallas beat San Jose.

Avalanche 3, Predators 1

DENVER - Paul Stastny and Marek Svatos scored second-period goals to lead Colorado to victory over Nashville.

Oilers 2, Canucks 1

EDMONTON, Alberta - Fernando Pisani scored the winning goal in the shoot-out as Edmonton prevailed over Vancouver.

Wild 2, Kings 1

LOS ANGELES - Marian Gaborik and Brian Ralston provided Minnesota with its goals as Josh Harding stymied Los Angeles.

Niedermayer activated.

The Anaheim Ducks added Scott Niedermayer to their active roster yesterday.

The 34-year-old Stanley Cup MVP had been suspended since the season started while he pondered retirement. He announced his impending return Dec. 5.