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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Buffalo Wings Its Way Past Whalers

COMBINED REPORTS


BUFFALO, New York -- Derek Plante's slap shot early in the third period lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Whalers.


Plante also helped set up Buffalo's first two goals Wednesday night before he beat Sean Burke with his 10th of the season 4:35 into the final period. Mike Pecca put the game away with an end-to-end rush with 2:50 left as Buffalo snapped a four-game losing skid.


Mark Astley and Brad May also scored for the Sabres. Andrew Cassels and Andrei Nikolishin scored for the Whalers.


Penguins 4, Senators 3. In Kanata, Ontario, third-period goals by Peter Nedved and Joe Dziedzic boosted Pittsburgh over Ottawa 4-3.


With Jacques Martin behind the bench and Damian Rhodes in the goal, Ottawa played what may have been its best game in two months, but still lost its 10th in a row and third in the new $217 million Palladium on the western fringes of Ottawa.


Blackhawks 2, Maple Leafs 2. In Toronto, Kirk Muller scored Toronto's first goal in his debut with the Maple Leafs and Mike Gartner scored with 4:08 left in the third period as Toronto fought to a 2-2 draw against Chicago.


Flames 4, Islanders 1. In Calgary, Alberta, Theoren Fleury scored a goal and added two assists as Calgary downed the New York Islanders 4-1.


Gary Roberts had a goal and an assist. The left-winger is coming back from off-season neck surgery.


Stars 5, Oilers 3. In Edmonton, Alberta, defenseman Kevin Hatcher's third goal of the night snapped a tie and lifted Dallas over Edmonton 5-3.


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Mixed reviews are still coming in on the experiment of highlighting the puck during Saturday's NHL All-Star Game.


Many television critics and NHL officials like the concept, but some hockey purists, mostly in Canada, and some fans have weighed in on the negative side.


For instance, an ESPNET Sports-Zone survey on the Internet found that of more than 10,000 fans who responded, 67 percent didn't like the experiment, in which Fox enhanced the puck through sensors, transmitters and computers to make it glow and display a comet-like trail at high speeds.


Lou D'Ermilio, a Fox spokesman, said phone calls about the experiment, called "FoxTrax,'' have been favorable, and that Fox is pleased with the results.


Fox Sports president David Hill told Newsday that the network is working on a similar concept with golf balls, although as yet Fox doesn't televise golf.


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(For other results, see Scorecard.)