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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sabres Cut Down First-Place Panthers

BUFFALO, New York -- Donald Audette scored two goals, including the game-winner with 58.7 seconds remaining in overtime, to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.


The winning goal came after Florida goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick fell on his stomach saving a Brian Holzinger shot. Audette skated in and slid the puck past Fitzpatrick while he was down.


Randy Burridge also scored for the Sabres (7-8-1), who snapped a two-game losing streak with the win. Radek Dvorak and Ed Jovanovski both scored for the Panthers, who remained atop the Atlantic Division with a 10-2-4 record after having a two-game winning streak snapped.


Avalanche 6, Islanders 2. In Uniondale, New York, Joe Sakic had two goals in a five-goal avalanche as Colorado beat the New York Islanders 6-2.


The Avalanche were losing 2-1 when they went on their scoring run from the second to the third period. Eric Lacroix, Aaron Miller, Rene Corbet and Peter Forsberg also scored for the Avalanche, who are unbeaten in their last 10 games (8-0-2).


Valery Kamensky added three assists and Patrick Roy stopped 32 shots.


Canucks 3, Rangers 2. In New York, Markus Naslund's tie-breaking goal in the third period gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the struggling New York Rangers.


The crowd jeered the Rangers, chanting "Re-fund,'' as the team fell to a 6-9-4 record. Vancouver is 5-1-0 in its last six games and 8-6-0 overall.


New York's Wayne Gretzky had tied the score 2-2 at 16:59 of the second period with his eighth goal of the season.


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