UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Maxim Afinogenov scored with 2:17 left in the third period, just as Buffalo’s sixth power play ended, and Ryan Miller made 42 saves to lift the Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

After five failed Buffalo advantages, Afinogenov took a cross-zone pass from Brian Campbell in the right circle. With a knee down on the dot, Afinogenov got just enough of the puck to send it past the right arm of Rick DiPietro.

That helped Buffalo win its fourth straight and sent New York to its seventh loss in eight games (1-6-1) despite a 43-17 shots advantage. Derek Roy also scored for the Sabres, who split the four-game series after losing twice to the Islanders in the first two games of the season.

The Islanders tried to pull this one out hours after forward Chris Simon was suspended for an NHL-record 30 games.

Defenseman Brendan Witt tied the score for New York at 3:50 of the third period.

Red Wings 6, Kings 2

DETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary each had a goal and an assist to lift Detroit.

The Red Wings, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, improved to a league-best 25-6-3. Los Angeles (12-21-2), which lost its fifth straight, has the NHL’s worst record.

Jiri Hudler, Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula got the Red Wings’ other goals. Niklas Kronwall had four assists for his career-high point total and Dominik Hasek made 18 saves.

Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan scored for the Kings, and Jason LaBarbara stopped 29 shots.


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