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Rewriting the Record Books

Saturday, 04.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Rewriting the Record Books
The Buffalo Sabres broke a pair of franchise records which had stood for more than two decades with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. After falling behind in the second period, Buffalo rallied with two quick goals in the third to notch its 50th overall victory of the season and 24th on the road.

The Sabres previous franchise marks were 49 victories during 1974-75 season and 23 wins away from Buffalo during the 1983-84 season.

"They jumped on us with two (in the second period) and we wanted to jump right back," said goaltender Ryan Miller. "It's funny how hockey turns out that way sometimes, but that's what we got tonight.

"We were working hard in the third period and we deserved to get some opportunities."

No one could question Miller's performance against Montreal after the netminder stopped 43 of 45 shots he faced. The native of East Lansing, Michigan put an exclamation point behind his 29th victory of the season after making back-to-back saves on Sheldon Souray with his right pad before flipping on his side to stuff Chris Higgins with Buffalo clinging to a one-goal lead and just 43.8 clicks remaining in regulation.

"I just wanted to settle down and play a smart game," Miller said. "Aside from a couple of mishaps playing the puck, I played pretty calm when I was in the net. I was able to read plays and get to the puck."

"We got the win and I felt like I made a big difference. I'm just trying to learn what I can from each game."

Chris Drury and JP Dumont led Buffalo's offensive attack with a goal and an assist each, while Max Afinogenov added his 22nd goal of the season in the first period.

"We just need to play with discipline," said Dumont. "That's what we did in the third. We came out strong and played solid five-on-five hockey."

Buffalo opened the scoring midway through the first on a great individual effort by Afinogenov.

Cutting to the front of the net from the left side of the goal line, Afinogenov fired from point-blank range. David Aebischer's kick save produced a juicy rebound which Afinogenov buried for his career-high 22nd goal of the season at the 10:20 mark.

After a flurry of activity in front of Buffalo's net, Michael Ryder flipped a loose puck over Miller's right pad for his 30th goal of the season at 17:52 of the second.

Less than a minute later, Michael Komisarek moved up from the point and one-timed Tomas Plekanec's feed from the right corner to give Montreal its first lead of the game at 18:37.

Two goals in just over two minutes gave Buffalo the 3-2 lead with 14 minutes remaining in regulation.

Drury tied the game 2-2 with his first short-handed goal of the season after receiving a pass from Mike Grier and shoveling a backhander over Aebischer's glove for his 27th goal of the season at the 4:37 mark of the third.

Dumont gave Buffalo its first lead since 17:52 of the second with his 17th goal of the season. Moving to the front of the net as Daniel Briere moved the puck around the back, Dumont one-timed a feed from the center into the top-right corner of the net for Buffalo's third goal at 6:48.

Numminen recorded his second goal of the season when his clearing pass, which was shot from behind Buffalo's goal line, traveled the distance of the ice and into Montreal's empty net at 19:24.
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GAME BLOG:
Period 1
1-0 (10:20): Maxim Afinogenov cut to the front of the net from the left side of the goal line and fired from point-blank range. David Aebischer stopped the offering with a kick of his right pad but gave up a juicy rebound which Afinogenov buried for his career-high 22nd goal of the season. JP Dumont and Henrik Tallinder get the assists.

Period 2
1-1 (17:52): After a flurry of activity in front of Buffalo's net, Michael Ryder collects the loose puck and flips a forehand shot over Miller's right pad for his 30th goal of the season. Sheldon Souray registers the primary assist on the power-play tally, while the secondary went to Saku Koivu.

1-2 (18:37): Michael Komisarek moved up from the point and one-timed Tomas Plekanec's feed from the right corner to give Montreal its first lead of the game. The goal is Komisarek's second of the season. The lone helper was credited to Plekanec.

Period 3
2-2 (4:37): Chris Drury tied the game with his first short-handed goal of the season. With Henrik Tallinder serving time in the penalty box for tripping, Drury received a pass from Mike Grier cutting down the slot and shoveled a backhander over Aebischer's glove for his 27th goal of the season. Grier gets the lone helper.

3-2 (6:48): Daniel Briere feathered a pass from behind the net to JP Dumont, whose one-timer into the top-right corner of the net gave Buffalo its first lead since 17:52 of the second period. The goal is Dumont's 18th of the season. Briere and Jason Pominville are credited with the assists.

4-2 (19:23): Teppo Numminen's clearing pass, which was shot from behind Buffalo's goal line, goes the distance of the ice and into Montreal's empty net. The goal is Numminen's second of the season. Drury records the only assist.
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Quotes courtesy of WGR 550-AM, the official radio partner of the Buffalo Sabres.

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