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HASEK HOLDS OFF OILERS FOR 12TH SHUTOUT

It's a dozen and counting for Dominik Hasek.

The Buffalo Sabres' goaltender continued his remarkable run, as he recorded his 12th shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Hasek's second straight shutout came before 17,099 in the Edmonton Coliseum Friday night.

The win -- Buffalo's third in as many games on this road trip -- lifted the team into a tie with the Boston Bruins in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Sabres were playing without center Michael Peca, who was suspended on Friday for a hit on Vancouver Canucks' defenseman Mattias Ohlund during Thursday's game. Peca will miss at least two games, and the league is expected to hold a hearing on the incident Monday.

Hasek stopped 20 shots in adding to his league-leading shutout total. No goalie had had 12 shutouts in a season since Bernie Parent did it for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974-75.

"Every night it seems like we end up talking about Dominik," the Sabres' Geoff Sanderson said. "He's our meal ticket and he did it again tonight."

Miroslav Satan supplied all the offense Hasek would need with a power-play goal in the first period.

It's been just a little over a year since the Sabres acquired Satan in a deal with the Oilers.

"This was the first time I've played in this building since the trade (March 18, 1997), so it was good to get the game-winning goal," Satan said. "It tastes twice as good as normal."

Buffalo, which was playing its second game in as many nights, looked tired in the third period but held off the Oilers to preserve the win.

"The first two periods were pretty easy," Hasek said. "I can't remember such an easy game during that time. They only had one or two chances, then they came on in the third."

The Sabres will fly to Detroit today to complete their road trip Sunday night against the Red Wings.

The difference in the first period was that the Oilers' power play was ineffective, and the Sabres' power play struck for a goal. Edmonton had three power plays in the first nine minutes, but only had four shots on goal when the last penalty had elapsed.

Buffalo's turn with the man advantage came when Andrei Kovalenko hooked Donald Audette. A few seconds after Joseph made a good save on Brian Holzinger from the slot, the Sabres grabbed the lead.

Jason Woolley passed the puck along the blue line to Alexei Zhitnik, who took a hard, low shot on goal. Satan, who was standing in the slot, gently and easily redirected the puck on goal, and it went into the net for his 22nd. The goal came at 15:06.

At the same time, the Oilers' offense needed a road map to figure out where the Buffalo goal was. Hasek went about 18 minutes -- from the 12-minute mark of the first period to the 10-minute mark of the second -- without taking a shot.

Finally, the Oilers got a little offense going in the second half of the period. They were aided by a pair of power plays. Buffalo had some loose moments in its own end, but still held Edmonton off the scoreboard. The Sabres held a 23-11 edge in shots after two periods.

Meanwhile, the Sabres found out Friday afternoon that Peca had been suspended at least two games, pending a hearing on Monday.

Peca said he was disappointed to be suspended, and added that he would have liked to have presented his side of the story before the suspension went into effect.

"That part is unfair," the center said. "But there have been a lot of concussions around the league, and I guess the league felt it had to do something."

Vaclav Varada played for the first time since his recall from Rochester earlier in the week. Buffalo's other scratches were Mike Wilson, Michal Grosek and Rumun Ndur. . . . Derek Plante played despite breaking his nose in Thursday's game in Vancouver.

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