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Saturday, 11.19.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Buffalo succeeds in extending their back-to-back home wins with a 3-2 away victory over the Boston Bruins.

Ales Kotalik gets his 10th goal of the season in the first period, as Daniel Briere notches his 12th in the second. The winning goal goes to Henrik Tallinder as Buffalo now stands 11-9-0 in the league.

The game started out rocky as Mika Noronen faced a flurry of shots from the Bruins, several made by Shawn McEachern. Noronen remained solid as Ales Kotalik shoots a bullet, and scores, from the right point with ten seconds left in Buffalo's first power-play of the game.

Thomas Vanek gained perfect position in front of the net as he screens Andrew Raycroft while two Bruins chased Chris Drury, who made the pass to Kotalik.

Making nine saves in the first period, Noronen seemed to gain some confidence as he headed into the second and third.

At the start of the second the Bruins capitalized on a Buffalo penalty, scoring with just under four minutes gone in the period. Jiri Slegr shoots from the left point and Joe Thornton manages to fight off Kalinin, who had lost his stick, for the redirection.

Buffalo retaliated with a second goal off a shot from Toni Lydman, Briere collected the loose rebound and stuffed the puck into the back of the net.

The Sabres continued to pressure but with less than 30 seconds left in the second, P. J. Axelsson scores after a shot deflected off Teppo Numminen's leg. Noronen didn't have a chance to see where the play was coming from.

As the third period started Buffalo had a man advantage but wasn't able to capitalize. Noronen continued to play solidly as he controlled all the rebounds and kept everything away from the net.

With time winding down and less than five minutes remaining, Tallinder rips a shot from the point that catches the top corner of the net.

Once again Vanek was hovering in front of Raycroft which created enough of a distraction for Buffalo to seal the win.

This victory marked Noronen's first of the season as the Sabres extend their winning streak to three. Buffalo plays again on Tuesday, November 22nd against the New York Rangers, starting their first of eight games in thirteen days.

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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