BUFFALO, N.Y. – Nathan Gerbe paid a perfect tribute to Buffalo Sabres great Rick Martin.

Just hours after Martin died in a one-car accident, the Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Sunday. Gerbe provided insurance late in the second period by scoring with a Martin-esque slap shot from the left circle that put Buffalo in front 5-3.

“That was a mirror image,” Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff said. “You don’t see those very often. As soon as it went in, I thought it was vintage Richard Martin right there.”

Every Sabres player wore a helmet sticker featuring Martin’s name, his uniform No. 7, and a fleur-de-lis. The coaching staff wore the sticker on their lapels.

CAPITALS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3: Mike Knuble scored at 3:51 of overtime to give host Washington its eighth straight victory.

The winning streak is the longest for the Capitals since they set a franchise record with 14 straight victories from Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2010. Washington set a club record with its fourth straight 40-win season.

KINGS 3, STARS 2: In Dallas, Michal Handzus scored the tiebreaking goal with 20.8 seconds remaining and Los Angeles stretched its winning streak to three by beating Dallas.

Jamie Langenbrunner had tied it at 2 for the Stars with 43 seconds left when he poked a loose puck between the pads of Jonathan Quick.

PENGUINS 5, OILERS 1: In Pittsburgh, Chris Kunitz scored two goals, Tyler Kennedy added three assists, and Pittsburgh moved to within three points of the Eastern Conference lead by topping Edmonton.

COYOTES 5, DUCKS 2: Lauri Korpikoski gave Phoenix the lead for good with his second goal of the game, and Taylor Pyatt and David Schlemko also scored as the Coyotes took a road win.