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David Duprey, Associated Press
Buffalo Sabres' Ville Leino (23), of Finland, battles for the puck with Dallas Stars' Philip Larsen (36) of Denmark in front of Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, also of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nathan Gerbe scored the decisive shootout goal in the fifth round and the Buffalo Sabres rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night.

Derek Roy forced overtime by scoring with 39 seconds left, and Thomas Vanek also scored to help the Sabres improve to 5-0-1 in their last six games. Ryan Miller made 24 saves in helping the Sabres (24-24-6) jump ahead of three teams and into 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

Michael Ryder and Tomas Vincour scored for the Stars, who lost for the first time in 63 games when leading after two periods. It was a 57-0-5 streak that dated to Oct. 31, 2009.

Gerbe sealed the win in the fifth shootout round by backhanding a shot that struck the post and caromed in off Kari Lehtonen.