BUFFALO, N.Y. – Marian Hossa scored twice and Chris Osgood tied Dominik Hasek for 10th on the NHL career wins list in helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over Buffalo on Monday night.

Hossa, who reached the 40-goal plateau for the third time, added an assist. Brad Stuart and Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for the Central Division-leading Red Wings. With 111 points, Detroit, coming off a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday, moved to within four points of league-leading San Jose.

The Sabres’ playoff chances grew slimmer as Buffalo lost its second straight.

With three games left, Buffalo is 10th in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the New York Rangers and Florida at the postseason cutoff.

Senators 3, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL – Dany Heatley scored two goals 38 seconds apart to put Ottawa ahead with 7:59 remaining in the third period and the Senators dealt a big blow to the Montreal Canadiens’ playoff chances with a 3-2 win.

Heatley lifted Ottawa into a 2-2 tie at 11:23 and then netted his 37th of the season at 12:01 when he beat Jaroslav Halak on a shot from the slot that silenced the sold-out Bell Centre crowd.

Alex Kovalev netted his 25th goal, and Roman Hamrlik scored with 3.2 seconds remaining in the second period for the Canadiens, who are seventh in the Eastern Conference but only three points above the playoff cutoff with three games left.

The Red Wings took control during a two-minute span bridging the second intermission.

Stuart opened the scoring with 1:19 left in the second period by capitalizing on the Red Wings’ first power-play opportunity. He slapped a shot through a crowd that sneaked in under the arm of Ryan Miller, who was fully screened by Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom.

Hossa then demoralized the Sabres, scoring 36 seconds into the third period, by backhanding in a loose puck after Miller stopped Lidstrom’s point shot. Hossa made it 3-0 less than 9 minutes later, converting a feed from Pavel Datsyuk.

Lidstrom scored into an empty net. It was the 227th goal of his career, moving him into a tie with Kevin Hatcher and Steve Duchesne for 12th among NHL defensemen.

Notes: The Sabres’ three goalies entered the day with a combined career record of 2-17 against the Red Wings, including backup Patrick Lalime’s 1-10 mark. Miller dropped to 1-5. … Red Wings D Brian Rafalski missed his fourth game with a groin injury. He skated for about an hour earlier in the day and is expected to return Thursday when Detroit hosts Nashville. … The Sabres signed college free-agent forward Travis Turnbull to a two-year, entry level contract. The son of former NHLer Perry Turnbull, Travis just completed his senior season at Michigan and was immediately assigned to Portland (AHL).

AP-ES-04-06-09 2150EDT


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