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Wacky weekend

I'm still decompressing from Saturday's 11-round shootout and that was just one of a litany of crazy happenings around the NHL.

It all started Friday night, when the Devils-Lightning game was suspended because of a power outage in the Prudential Center with 9:12 left in the second period. That game will be finished tonight at 6 at a big cost to the Devils. That brings us to Saturday. Let's see. While we were dealing with another Sabres comeback and the marathon shootout, here's what was happening elsewhere:

---Phoenix coach Dave Tippett forget to put a player in the penalty box to start the second period and serve Ed Jovanovski's elbowing major. The Islanders essentially turned it into a 10-minute power play and got two goals out of the situation because Dwayne Roloson kept playing the puck and preventing icing calls to allow the Coyotes to get a man on the ice at a stoppage. Tippett will lose some Coach of the Year votes for that gaffe.

---The Laffs had a penalty shot wiped out in their 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh because Sergei Gonchar's shot a few seconds earlier for the Penguins actually went in the net and was awarded as a goal on replay. Gonchar, however, still had to serve his hooking penalty but Alexi Ponikarovsky's penalty shot attempt was wiped out. You can see the video of the crazy sequence at the link.

---The Blackhawks blew a 5-1 third-period lead at Minnesota and lost in a shootout, 6-5. Stanley Cup contending teams should never blow four-goal leads. Ever. in fact, it was the first blown four-goal edge in the third period in franchise history. But maybe it was the hockey gods' karma for Chicago's rally from 5-0 down against Calgary on Oct. 12.

---Devils standout Zach Parise can thank a broken stick for his overtime winner in Montreal. When he headed to the bench for a new one, that put him in position to sneak behind the defense, take a breakaway pass from Travis Zajac and beat Jaroslav Halak. Check out the video here. Great isolation work by the Devils' MSG crew to follow Parise to the bench and through the breakaway.

---Here's one Olympic security officials are probably talking about today: A fan toting a laser pointer spent much of last night's game at GM Place in Vancouver taunting Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with the device. Calgary coach Brent Sutter was not amused.

Crazy night. Have a say on the craziest part in our poll.

---Mike Harrington

(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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