Highlights of Friday's
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[March 18, 2017]  March 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Hockey League games:

Sabres 2, Ducks 1 (SO)

Zemgus Girgensons scored in the 10th shootout round to give the Buffalo a win over Anaheim on Friday night at the Honda Center.

Ryan O'Reilly scored in regulation for the Sabres (29-31-12), who received 39 saves from Anders Nilsson.

Rickard Rakell scored for the Ducks (37-23-11), who moved within six points of the first-place San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division.

Penguins 6, Devils 4

Pittsburgh got goals from five players and took over second place in the Metropolitan Division with a win over New Jersey at PPG Paints Arena.

Pittsburgh leapfrogged Columbus and moved to within one point of first-place Washington.

The teams traded goals in the first period -- New Jersey's Kyle Palmieri and Stefan Noesen, Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel -- before Sidney Crosby scored late in the period for a 3-2 Penguins lead.

Nick Bonino for Pittsburgh and Beau Bennett for the Devils scored in the second to make it 4-3 going into the third.

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Panthers 4, Rangers 3 (SO)

Aleksander Barkov scored the only goal of the shootout, and Florida rallied for a victory over New York at Madison Square Garden.

The win was only the second in the last eight games for the Panthers, who kept their faint playoff hopes alive in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers have lost six straight on home ice. Their last win at MSG was on Feb. 19.

Flames 3, Stars 1

Brian Elliott returned from a bout of the flu to earn his 10th consecutive win as Calgary beat Dallas.

Elliott made 24 saves after missing Calgary's Wednesday loss to the Bruins, and he was 6:39 from his third shutout in his past four games. The Flames' franchise-record-tying, 10-game winning streak ended against Boston.

Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists for the Flames. Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik also scored, and Tkachuk added an assist. Brett Ritchie replied for the Stars.

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