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Sabres edge Red Wings in shootout, 7-6

The Buffalo Sabres (38-32-7, 83 points) blew a late lead in regulation but were still able to secure two points with a 7-6 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings (37-34-8, 82 points) on Thursday night and remain alive in the playoff race.

Dylan Cozens scored twice to lead the offense, the first of which helped him reach the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career.

Tage Thompson netted his 45th goal of the season and became the first Sabres skater to score 45 or more goals in a single season since Alexander Mogilny (76) and Pat LaFontaine (53) did so in 1992-93.

Henri Jokiharju (2), Zemgus Girgensons (10), and Jordan Greenway (6) also potted goals. Alex Tuch and Jack Quinn scored the shootout goals.

Devon Levi stopped 26-of-32 shots and became the youngest goaltender in Sabres history to earn a shootout win.

The Sabres will return to action Saturday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at 12:30 p.m.