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December 24, 2013

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Miller made 36 saves and Mark Pysyk scored an unusual goal at 3:47 of overtime to lift the short-handed Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.

Pysyk, who was called up earlier in the day from Rochester of the AHL, scored when his deflected shot hit Martin Hanzal and became lodged in the back of Mike Smith's jersey. The goalie retreated into his crease, unwittingly carrying the puck across the line and ending the game.

Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo, which is 4-0-1 in its last five home games after starting the season 3-12-1 at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres started the game with just 16 skaters after a virus left Linus Omark, Cody Hodgson, Ville Leino, Marcus Foligno and Alexander Sulzer unable to play. Buffalo was only able to recall defenseman Pysyk and left wing Johan Larsson from Rochester because the team was en route to the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

Hanzal scored for the Coyotes, who concluded a four-game road trip with a 1-1-2 record. Smith made 30 saves.

RANGERS 2, MAPLES LEAFS 1, SO

NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as New York shook off a late tying tally to beat Toronto.

Zuccarello and Stepan scored in the first two rounds, and Talbot stopped Nazem Kadri in the third to end it. Kadri scored a disputed goal with 1:24 left in regulation to force overtime.

Jonathan Bernier was exceptional for Toronto, making 42 saves through overtime and allowing only J.T. Miller's goal 7:04 into the third period. The Maple Leafs played their third straight shootout and lost for the second consecutive time. They are 2-5-2 in their last nine.

BLACKHAWKS 5, DEVILS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored twice and Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell and Nick Leddy also connected to lead Chicago over New Jersey.

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