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Lightning extend skid - thanks to Sabres

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Rob Ray scored his first goal in nearly a year, and the Buffalo Sabres extended Tampa Bay's losing streak to eight games with a 4-1 win over the Lightning on Friday night.

Ray, known more for his fists than his scoring punch, gave Buffalo the lead late in the first period and the Sabres cruised through the final 40 minutes in earning their fourth win in five games.Matthew Barnaby and Michal Grosek each had a goal and an assist, and goaltender Dominik Hasek made 35 saves for the Sabres. Darryl Shannon scored with less than one second remaining. Defenseman Bryan Marchment scored the only goal for the Lightning.

The Lightning, who owned the worst record in the NHL, had scored the least goals and allowed the third-most going into the game. They skated away still looking for their first victory in 1998 - going 0-8-1 in January.

SHARKS 3, OILERS 2: Murray Craven scored with 7:16 left to play and the San Jose Sharks came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers.

Sharks' goaltender Mike Vernon stopped the final 19 shots he faced, while John MacLean and Patrick Marleau scored the first two goals for San Jose, which extended its undefeated streak to three games.