Bure's hat-trick seals Panthers win

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Panthers 4, Sabres 2

Panthers 4, Sabres 2

Pavel Bure completed a hat-trick with an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left and the Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Friday night.

The Panthers snapped the Sabres' five-game home unbeaten streak (4-0-1) against Florida since November 1997. It was the 13th career hat trick for Bure.

Stu Barnes and Miroslav Satan scored for the Sabres, who lost for the first time in four games and had a two-game win streak halted.

Red Wings 5, Avalanche 2

In Detroit, Brendan Shanahan and Doug Brown scored short-handed goals 11 seconds apart late in the second period as Detroit beat Colorado.

The Red Wings, who have won five straight, also got goals from Sergei Fedorov and Vyacheslav Kozlov in a four-goal blitz against Patrick Roy over the final 5:45 of the second period that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead.

Pat Verbeek had a goal and an assist for Detroit. Ken Wregget made 13 saves in his second straight win.

Capitals 3, Rangers 2, OT

In New York, Calle Johansson scored 31 second into overtime as Washington snapped New York's five-game unbeaten streak.

Steve Konowalchuk won the puck in the corner, circled out to the front of the net and fed Adam Oates. Oates passed it back to Johansson, who blasted a slap shot past Rangers goaltender Mike Richter. Oates finished with one goal and two assists.

Adam Graves scored both Rangers goals.

Bruins 3, Thrashers 1

In Atlanta, Anson Carter had two goals and an assist as Boston held off punchless Atlanta.

The Thrashers, losing their season-high sixth game in a row, have scored just three goals in their last five games, getting blanked in two and scoring one goal in the three others.

Boston goaltender Byron Dafoe earned his 100th NHL win as the Bruins improved their record to 2-4-3 in their last nine games.

Stars 2, Oilers 2

Edmonton, Alberta, Chris Murray scored with 4:27 remaining in the third period to give Dallas the tie against Edmonton.

Murray shoveled in the puck from close range, following a shot from the point by Sergei Zubov.

Ryan Smyth and Tom Poti scored for the Oilers. Brad Lukowich had the other goal for Dallas.

Mighty Ducks 2, Blackhawks 0

In Anaheim, California, Anaheim defensemen Niclas Havelid and Ruslan Salei scored two minutes apart in the second period, and Mighty Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert stopped 21 shots.

The Mighty Ducks won three in a row for the first time this season after winning two straight six different times.

The shutout was Hebert's third of the season and 25th of his career.

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