NHL roundup: Sabres edge Stars in shootout
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Dallas 2 (SO)
Buffalo, NY - Nathan Gerbe scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. In the fifth round, Gerbe deked to the backhand and lifted it high over Kari Lehtonen. Michael Ryder then missed the net to the right with his shot to give Buffalo the win. Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek both scored for the Sabres, who have won five of their past six games. Ryan Miller made 24 stops in the win. Ryder and Tomas Vincour each had a goal for the Stars, who have dropped two of three. Lehtonen made 30 stops in the loss.
Final Score: Detroit 2, Anaheim 1 (SO)
Detroit, MI - Todd Bertuzzi supplied the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout, as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, to push their franchise-record home winning streak to 19 games. Following an exciting overtime, Bertuzzi skated in on Jonas Hiller very slowly and beat the Anaheim goaltender with a backhander. Joey MacDonald then denied Bobby Ryan to assure the extra point for NHL-leading Detroit, which hasn't lost at Joe Louis Arena since November 3 against Calgary. The Red Wings' current string of home victories is the longest in the NHL since the Philadelphia Flyers tied the league record by winning 20 in a row during the 1975-76 season. The mark was first set by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins. MacDonald made 29 saves for the Red Wings, who pace the NHL with 76 points. Hiller stopped 23 shots for Anaheim, which has lost eight straight at Detroit.
Final Score: Colorado 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
Denver, CO - Ryan O'Reilly scored the game-winner with 1.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. With time winding down, O'Reilly picked the pocket of Justin Faulk in the neutral zone and skated the other way. From the left wing, O'Reilly cranked a shot that beat Cam Ward to the left side for the win. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won two straight. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 39 shots in the win. Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, while Ward made 29 stops for the Hurricanes, who have dropped their past two.