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Red Wings survive Sabres’ rally

– The Detroit Red Wings experienced a lull after a fast start but got the two points they needed.

Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist and Detroit held off the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday night for the Red Wings’ fourth consecutive win.

Detroit led 3-0 after the first period.

“To me, I thought we started really good, we were all over them,” said Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock, who got his 413th win for Detroit, which ties him for the all-time franchise record with Jack Adams.

“I thought suddenly we had some skill and suddenly we were dangling around with the puck and now we had the cute-itis going and then we didn’t want to shoot it in the net,” he said. “We wanted to pass it one more time and the next thing you know it’s game on instead of just doing things simple and hard and right.”

Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco also scored for Detroit, which is in the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets. Danny DeKeyser had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves.

Jamie McBain scored and Nicolas Deslauriers got his first career goal for Buffalo, which has the NHL’s worst record. Matt Hackett stopped 28 shots.

“We had nothing to lose. Got the day off tomorrow. Just tried to leave it all on the ice. After the tough start,” McBain said.

BLACKHAWKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3: In Columbus, Ohio, Ben Smith tapped in a rebound with 3.7 seconds left on a wild scrum to lift Chicago.

With time running out, Duncan Keith threw the puck on net, and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocked it with his arm but it popped out of his reach. While he and two teammates scrambled to get to the loose puck, Smith got a stick on it and pushed it into the net.

CANADIENS 7, SENATORS 4: In Montreal, Max Pacioretty had a hat trick as Montreal scored seven straight goals to rally.

Andrei Markov, Mike Weaver, Lars Eller and David Desharnais also scored for Montreal, which trailed 3-0 less than 6 minutes into the game. Peter Budaj stopped 39 shots for his 10th win of the season for the Canadiens.

DEVILS 2, CAPITALS 1: In Newark, N.J., Ryan Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:54 remaining to lift the New Jersey.

Tuomo Ruutu also scored for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider made 24 saves.

Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which lost its fifth straight.

FLAMES 2, PANTHERS 1: In Sunrise, Fla., Mike Cammalleri scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period to lift Calgary.

Kenny Agostino also scored for Calgary and Joey MacDonald stopped 34 shots.

Vincent Trocheck scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 15 saves.