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NHL ROUNDUP

Sabres Still Alive in East

March 18, 2004|From Associated Press

Derek Roy scored a fluky goal 15 seconds into overtime as the Buffalo Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period and beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Atlanta.

The Sabres scored twice in the final 7:37 and moved within four points of the New York Islanders in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

In overtime, Roy skated into the Atlanta zone and fired a shot from the top of the circle. It caught goalie Pasi Nurminen in the chest, fell at his feet and rolled into the net before he could knock it away with his stick.

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Florida 6, New York Islanders 4 -- Roberto Luongo stopped 50 shots, including 26 in the first period, and the Panthers rallied at Sunrise, Fla.

New Jersey 6, Pittsburgh 1 -- Jeff Friesen led the Devils with two goals and two assists at East Rutherford, N.J.

Carolina 3, Chicago 2 -- Erik Cole scored with 4:22 left in the third period to lift the Hurricanes at Chicago.

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