Toronto Star

Hossa’s scoring drought ends at Sabres’ expense

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A slump-breaking day by veteran Marian Hossa and a breakout game by rookie Colin Stuart helped the Atlanta Thrashers feel better about their playoff chances. In a battle between two teams who currently don’t make the eight-team playoff cut, Atlanta beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 yesterday as Hossa scored twice. “Definitely, it was a huge win,” Hossa said. “Every win is huge right now. “We have a good chance to be over .500 and be a playoff team again.” Hossa had only two goals in his last 14 games before scoring in the first and third periods. Johan Hedberg made 37 stops as Buffalo had at least 10 shots in each period. “We had some really good opportunit­ies, but we weren’t able to score,” said Buffalo’s Jason Pominville.

Stuart, a rookie right-winger called up from the AHL on Dec. 28, had a goal and an assist for Atlanta.

Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson scored in the first period, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 for their third straight win and seventh in eight games.

Jiri Hudler had two assists and the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks for the first time this season after losing their first four contests (03-1) against Chicago. Rene Bourque scored for the injury-depleted Blackhawks, whose losing streak reached a season-high five games (0-4-1). Detroit’s Chris Osgood, who entered the game with a league-leading 1.71 goals-against average, made 19 saves. Associated Press

 ?? JOHN AMIS/AP ?? Atlanta Thrashers rookie Colin Stuart celebrates his goal in a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres yesterday.
JOHN AMIS/AP Atlanta Thrashers rookie Colin Stuart celebrates his goal in a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres yesterday.

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