I still think they're going to miss the playoffs because they have just way too much ground to make up in the standings, but the Buffalo Sabres sure are playing well the past couple of weeks. Friday night at First Niagara Center they battled back from down 2-0 to beat the Dallas Stars in a shootout 3 to 2. It gives the Sabres 11 of a possible 12 points in their last six games and moves them up to 11th in the standings. With 28 games left to play the Sabres are 8 points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Just 50 seconds after the Stars opened up a 2-0 lead on the Sabres in the third period, Thomas Vanek scored a power play goal to get the Sabres to within one, then with only 39 seconds to play in the third period Derek Roy slammed home a rebound to tie the game and force overtime and then a shootout.

In the shootout Brad Boyes and Nathan Gerbe scored while Ryan Miller stopped 3 out of 4 Dallas shooters to pick up the victory.

It's the first time the Stars lost a game after entering the third period with a lead.  They were a perfect 16-0-0 in that situation.  And the loss also extends the Stars futility record in the Buffalo.  They haven't won a regular season game here since 1997.

The Sabres host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

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