Hasek beats Rangers

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Dominik Hasek returned to action after missing 12 games with a groin injury, but he needed Miroslav Satan to score in overtime to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

"It was great to be back in my first game," Hasek said. "I don't want to talk about my groin anymore. I've said so many things about my groin in the last four to five days. Of course it's not 100 percent, but it's strong enough to play in the game."

Satan scored his second goal of the game 1:18 of overtime on a power-play when Satan took a pass from Stu Barnes fired a wrist shot past goaltender Mike Richter.

"It was deflected by somebody," said Satan. "Stu made a great play. He's made a big difference for us, especially on the power-play."

Hasek looked sharp as ever despite of missing a month. He made 27 saves to improve to 7-0-3 in his last 10 games, including five shutouts, against the Rangers. Hasek toughest save was on a point blank shot by Manny Malhotra in the second period.

"It's automatic, because there is no time to think about it," Hasek said of his stunning save on Malhotra. "I just do it, and it was great that I was able to make the save."

Sabres went 5-4-3 in 12 games without Hasek and the victory lifted them to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres extended their unbeaten streak against the Rangers to 10 games (7-0-3) and also won the season series 3-0-1.

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