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NHL roundup: Rangers knockout the Sabres

Brad Richards notched his first hat trick in an 8-4 rout of the Sabres.

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Brad Richards notched his first hat trick in an 8-4 rout of the Sabres.

The Rangers scored five times in a span of less than three minutes and Brad Richards notched his first hat trick in an 8-4 rout of the Sabres at Buffalo Friday night.

The five-goal spurt at the end of the opening period and the beginning of the second was part of a 6-0 outburst to start the game. Richards scored two of the first five goals, then completed the hat trick in the third as the win kept the Rangers in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Carl Hagelin, Ryane Clowe, Anton Stralman, Rick Nash, and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers.

Cody Hodgson, Nathan Gerbe, Drew Stafford and Mark Pysyk scored for Buffalo, which was eliminated from the postseason and had its three-game winning streak stopped.

The five goals in a span of 2:58 set a Rangers franchise record. The previous mark for fastest five goals was 3:22 in an 8-7 win over Edmonton on Feb. 15, 1985.

Blackhawks 5, Predators 4 — Marian Hossa scored a power-play goal just 52 seconds into overtime and streaking Chicago swept the season series against Nashville, which has lost eight in a row.

With Rich Clune in the penalty box serving a four-minute minor for high-sticking, Patrick Kane sent a pass across the ice to Hossa, who one-timed it past Pekka Rinne for his 17th goal of the season.

Kane, Michal Handzus, Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad also scored for the NHL-best Blackhawks, who have won seven in a row.

Matt Halischuk had two goals and Kevin Henderson scored in his first NHL game, but the Predators still lost to the Blackhawks for the fourth time this month and the sixth consecutive occasion dating to last season.

Blues 2, Stars 1 — Brian Elliott made 21 saves to help host St. Louis win for the ninth time in its last 11 games.

Ryan Reaves and Chris Stewart scored for the Blues, who are in sixth in the Western Conference with 54 points.

Flames 3, Ducks 1 — Miikka Kiprusoff, amid speculation he may retire at season’s end, made 32 saves in Calgary’s regular-season home finale to lead the Flames over playoff-bound Anaheim.

Oilers 4, Avalanche 1 — Jordan Eberle scored a goal and had two assists, Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots, and visiting Edmonton snapped a six-game skid.

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