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Wednesday, 09.21.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres Lose on the Road

September 21, 2005
by Brian Wheeler

Despite jumping out to a three-goal lead in the first period, the Buffalo Sabres were defeated by the Minnesota Wild 6-3 Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota scored six-consecutive goals in the second and third periods to hand the Sabres their first exhibition loss of the season.

"We started off the game skating well," stated Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere. "We skated hard on the puck and it made a big difference. The last two periods, we stopped skating and they kept coming forward."

Buffalo's power play unit converted two of three opportunities in the opening period of play but stalled in the final two-thirds of the game, finishing just two of 11 on the man-advantage.

"We created a lot of scoring chances early on," stated rookie Thomas Vanek. "After the first, we found ourselves in a hole that we weren't able to dig out of."

Buffalo's top line of JP Dumont, Briere and Vanek scored both power play goals and has now recorded 10 points in two preseason games.

Briere netted his first goal of the game and the preseason at 11:16 after redirecting a Vanek pass past Minnesota goaltender Manny Fernandez to extend the Sabres lead to two goals.

The Gatineau, Quebec native struck again with only nine seconds remaining in the first, slapping in a Dumont rebound to give Buffalo the 3-0 lead.

Dumont, who finished with two assists, returned to action following a three-day layoff after sustaining a head injury during Buffalo's night practice last Thursday.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Vanek, who appeared in 83 games for the University of Minnesota during his collegiate career. In that span, he registered 57 goals and 56 points for 113 points.

"It was a lot of fun playing in front of friends and family," said Vanek. "This was my home for two years and it's always special to come back."

Jeff Jillson opened the scoring for Buffalo at 4:38 in the first, snapping a wrist shot past Fernandez off a face-off. Jiri Novotny and Chris Thorburn were credited with the assists.

After stopping all 10 of Minnesota's shots in the opening period, Mika Noronen allowed six goals on 19 shots in the remainder of the game. Noronen finished with 23 saves.

The Wild was led by right wing Kyle Wanvig, who scored a pair of goals, and Dupuis, who was credited with a goal and three assists. Fernandez made 26 saves in the winning effort.

Buffalo now moves to 2-1-0-0 in exhibition play and travels to Washington to face the Capitals at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82