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Monday, 09.18.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Powering Their Way To Victory

September 18, 2006
By Brian Wheeler

The Buffalo Sabres remarkable power play during the 2005-06 season started off the 2006-07 season right where it left off.

Despite carting eight rookies to Toronto for their opening game of the team's exhibition schedule, Buffalo's man-advantage unit scored four goals in 11 opportunities to elevate Buffalo to a dominating 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Air Canada Centre on Monday night.

The Sabres man-advantage unit, which finished the 2005-06 season ranked third in the league after converting 21.2 per cent of their opportunities, scored three goals in less than a 10 minute span in the second period and its fourth of the game with five minutes remaining in the third to move Buffalo to 1-0 during preseason play.

A variety of Sabres jumped into the scoring race, as 11 different players recorded points against the Leafs.

Jiri Novotny, Derek Roy, Daniel Paille and Michael Ryan each scored their first goal of the preseason. Ryan led all scorers with two points as he added an assist on Roy's goal in the second period.

Rounding out the scoring with assists was Thomas Vanek, Brian Campbell, Adam Mair, Dmitri Kalinin, Paul Gaustad and Nathan Paetsch.

Goaltender Martin Biron recorded the shutout after turning away all 23 shots that he faced.

Just over eight minutes into the middle period, Novotny gave Buffalo the 1-0 lead after redirecting Vanek's across-ice feed past goaltender Andrew Raycroft.

Six minutes later the Sabres struck again with another long pass. Scooting into Toronto's zone, Mair eluded defenseman Bryan McCabe and found Derek Roy at the left post for the one timer and a two-goal Buffalo lead.

Paille scored after out muscling blueline-giant Hal Gill for a loose puck in front and shoveling the biscuit past Raycroft at 18:08 of the second frame on a five-on-three advantage.

Ryan caught Raycroft over-committing and beat the netminder with a wristshot top-shelf to give Buffalo the 4-0 lead at 14:14 of the third.

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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