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RED WINGS BEAT SABRES; BARNES AGREES TO CONTRACT

Sergei Fedorov had a goal and three assists and Doug Brown scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 exhibition victory Wednesday over the Buffalo Sabres.

Meanwhile, forward Stu Barnes today agreed to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Barnes had been skating with the team throughout training camp while he continued negotiations. Barnes made $1.5 million last year. The new deal is believed to be for a similar amount.

In Wednesday's game, Fedorov flipped a shot at Sabres goalie Dwayne Roloson, who allowed a rebound that Brown tapped in for a short-handed goal.

Brown's second goal was also a tap-in of a Fedorov shot. Tomas Holmstrom whacked at the rebound, which trickled across the crease to Brown.

The Red Wings made it 3-0 by converting another loose puck: Igor Larionov beating Roloson from short range at 10:32.

Fedorov's shorthanded goal early in the second made it 4-0 before Domenic Pittis spoiled Chris Osgood's shutout at 9:17.

Martin Biron replaced Roloson midway through the second period and did not allow a goal on 15 shots.

The Sabres (1-2-1) play their only home preseason game Friday night at 7 against the Washington Capitals in Marine Midland Arena.

Around the rinks

The Coyotes have withdrawn the three-year, $9 million offer to restricted free-agent goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, the Arizona Republic reported. The Russian goalie, who earned $1.25 million last season, is reportedly seeking a multiyear deal averaging $5 million per year. . . . The Bruins agreed to terms on a two-year contract with left wing P.J. Axelsson.

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