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Sunday, 12.04.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres Hold Back Avalanche
One of Buffalo's team goals for the 2005-06 season was not to lose two games in a row.

After a sluggish performance by the team on Friday night that saw their five-game winning streak ended by San Jose, the Buffalo Sabres rebounded on Sunday to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 despite relinquishing a three-goal lead.

"We went into a defensive shell in the second period and didn't play the way we wanted to," said center Derek Roy. "Guys were battling at the end and it was really desperate game. We'd been playing well for the past month, so we didn't really want to let this one slip through our fingers."

The power-play unit bailed out Buffalo, scoring on just their second man-advantage opportunity - first full two minute power play - of the game at 17:33 of the third period for the game-winning goal. Roy backhanded Jason Pominville's rebound between the legs of Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj for the power-play goal and the 5-4 lead.

The Sabres' five-game road winning streak was extended to six games with the win.

"We wanted to come out really strong and set the tone," said Roy. "I think we did that in the first period."

Buffalo's offense exploded in the first, scoring four goals and outshooting Colorado 16-9. Paul Gaustad, Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville and Mike Grier each beat Colorado goaltender David Aebischer as the first intermission began with the Sabres leading 4-1.

"It's been tough seeing guys do down with injuries, especially our leaders like Daniel Briere and JP Dumont," said Roy. "We definitely miss those guys, but the guys from Rochester - Chris Thorburn, Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad and myself - have come into the mix."

Thorburn recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Gaustad's goal.

Karlis Skrastins was the only Avalanche player to beat Sabres goaltender Martin Biron in the opening period after one-timing Joe Sakic's pass from behind the net.

Giving up four goals off 16 shots in the first was a little too much for Colorado, prompting the Avalanche to replace Aebischer with Budaj at the beginning of the second period.

Colorado continued to press in the second, managing to cut Buffalo's lead to two with a power-play goal from Rob Blake with two minutes left before the second intermission following a hooking penalty by Brian Campbell.

Two goals in the opening ten minutes of the third by Colorado tied the game 4-4. Alex Tanguay redirected Sakic's across-ice pass for his 10th goal of the season at 6:49, while rookie Marek Svatos' successfully completed his penalty shot attempt after getting pulled down by Brian Campbell on a breakaway.

Chris Drury sealed the victory with an empty net goal with only four seconds remaining in regulation.
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GAME BLOG:
Period 1
1-0 (2:45): Just after a line change, Paul Gaustad collects Chris Thorburn's pass, which was redirected by Rob Blake's stick in front of the net, and snaps a wristshot past David Aebischer. The goal is Gaustad's fifth of the season. Thorburn records his first NHL assist/point on the play.

1-1 (11:46): Joe Sakic stops behind Buffalo's net, slides a pass to Karlis Skrastins on the left wing for the one-timer and game-tying goal. Skrastins' shot beat Martin Biron on the short side for his second goal of the season. Sakic and Milan Hejduk get the helpers.

2-1 (14:25): On an odd-man rush, Jochen Hecht fires a forehand shot from the right wing that sneaks between David Aebischer's blocker and the left post. It's the second short-handed goal of the season for Hecht. Tim Connolly and Henrik Tallinder record the assists.

3-1 (17:05): Jason Pominville rips a bullet-shot from the center of the right face-off circle that hits the right post and deflects over the goal line. The goal is Pominville's second of the season and his NHL career. Tim Connolly records the only assist.

4-1 (18:46): David Aebischer gets caught outside the crease as Jochen Hecht sends a pass to Mike Grier for the open-net goal. The tally is Grier's third of the season. Hecht gets the only assist for his second point of the game.

Period 2
4-1 (20:00): David Aebischer is replaced by Peter Budaj.

4-2 (18:00): Rob Blake fires a slapshot from the point that beats Martin Biron low on his stick side. The power-play goal is Blake's sixth of the season. Liles and Tanguay get the helpers.

Period 3
4-3 (6:49): Alex Tanguay deflects Joe Sakic's pass across the crease past Martin Biron to cut the Sabres lead to one. Sakic and Milan Hejduk get the assists.

4-4 (8:51): Marek Svatos ties the game at four, beating Martin Biron five-hole on a penalty shot after being pulled down by Brian Campbell on a breakaway. The goal is his 13th of his rookie season.

5-4 (17:33): Derek Roy backhands Jason Pominville's rebound between the legs of Peter Budaj for the Sabres first power-play goal of the game. The man-advantage was just the second of the game for Buffalo. Pominville and Thomas Vanek get the assists.

6-4 (19:56): Empty netter by Chris Drury seals the game.
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Quotes courtesy of WGR 550-AM, the official radio partner of the Buffalo Sabres.

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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