Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wings Clip Sabres; Have Beaten Every Opponent in Nhl

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wings Clip Sabres; Have Beaten Every Opponent in Nhl

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Sergei Fedorov scored his 35th goal as Detroit added one more bit of distinction to its outstanding season Wednesday with a 4-2 win at home over Buffalo.

Fedorov also had three assists as the Red Wings extended their unbeaten streak to 12 by defeating the only team they hadn't beaten this season.

The Sabres won the only previous meeting between the clubs, 2-1 on Nov. 1 in Buffalo. It's the first time Detroit beat everyone else in the National Hockey League at least once since the 1972-73 season.

"It's always nice to have something to motivate you," Detroit forward Keith Primeau said, "and that was the motivation tonight."

Buffalo took a 2-0 lead after just 2 minutes 15 seconds on goals by Derek Plante and Brian Holzinger. That was all the Sabres could muster as the Red Wings dominated the rest of the way.

"They're so explosive, and yet they're probably the best defensive team in the league," Plante said. "They play both ends of the rink and they're awesome. They're the best team in the league."

Darren McCarty, Dino Ciccarelli, Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov connected for Detroit.

Goalie Chris Osgood, who was credited with an assist on Konstantinov's goal, stopped 19 shots to extend his unbeaten streak to 21 games. He is 36-5-4 this season.

The victory was the Red Wings' 57th of the season. With eight games remaining, they're three wins shy of the regular-season victory record set by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.

Rangers 3, Panthers 0: The New York Rangers got a sharp performance from goaltender Mike Richter to snap a nine-game winless streak at home. Richter, playing his best game since coming back from a groin injury, made 25 saves for his third shutout of the season.

Richter, who gave up eight goals in his two previous starts, had the benefit of playing behind a hard-working defense. Holding a 2-0 lead after two periods on goals by Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri, the Rangers especially tightened in the third, holding Florida to seven shots.

Flyers 4, Senators 2: Eric Desjardins' power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie in the third period and sent Philadelphia to a victory on the road. It was the fifth win in six games for the Flyers, who are one point behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers. …

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