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  • Rangers 4, Sabres 3: Not only did the Rangers exact some revenge for their defeat in last season's playoffs, but they improved their chances of qualifying for this postseason. Sean Avery broke a third-period tie and put the Rangers two points ahead of the Sabres in the race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jaromir Jagr, Brandon and Nigel Dawes also scored for the Rangers, who have picked up points in their last six games -- four of them wins.

  • Devils 4, Islanders 2: Zach Parise's 25th goal of the season helped the Devils win this matchup of two of the NHL's hottest teams. It broke a third-period tie, and it helped New Jersey end a surprisingly long string of futility against the Islanders. It had lost six straight -- including the first five last season -- before Saturday's win. The Islanders had won six straight overall.

  • Nets 102, Pacers 91: Richard Jefferson doesn't appear to miss Jason Kidd. He dropped 36 points, made 12 of his 21 field goals -- and eight of his 10 free throws -- as the Nets avenged Friday's loss at Indiana. Don't look past Josh Boone, either. He had 19 points, 13 rebounds and made all five of his free throw attempts.
Photograph of the Sabres' Patrick Kaleta punching Ranger Sean Avery by Don Heupel/AP