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Sabres Rally To Win 4-3

Friday, 09.22.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres Rally To Win 4-3

September 22, 2006

The last time the Buffalo Sabres visited the Scotiabank Place, Jason Pominville finished one of the most exciting games in Sabres history, and the Senators season, with a shorthanded goal in overtime to earn Buffalo the 4-1 series victory in the second round of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Senators didn't fair much better in Buffalo's preseason return to the scene of Pominville's crime.

Former Sabre Denis Hamel's natural hat trick, scored within a four-minute span to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second period, went for naught as the Sabres rallied to a 4-3 victory on Friday night.

Co-captain Chris Drury tied the game at the 14:01 mark of the second on the power play and Thomas Vanek completed his own hat trick nine minutes into the third as Buffalo moved to 2-1 during exhibition play.


Vanek's three goals and four points lead the team during the preseason.


Buffalo's power play converted three of 12 opportunities while the penalty kill held Ottawa to just one of four.  Buffalo out shot the Senators 38-29, including 13-4 in the third period.


Goaltender Martin Biron recorded the win after giving up three goals off 29 shots.


GAME SHEETS
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Scoring Summary
1-0 (1-2:41): Buffalo takes the lead with its first power play of the game.  Off a tic-tac-toe play, Maxim Afinogenov received a long pass from Derek Roy and found Thomas Vanek on the backdoor for the easy redirect.  The goal is Vanek's first of the preseason.  Afinogenov and Roy get the helpers.

2-0 (2-2:27): Thomas Vanek redirects Jason Pominville's pass past Senators goaltender Ray Emery to expand Buffalo's lead to a pair of goals.  The goal marks Vanek's second of the night, as he becomes the first Sabres player to score multiple goals in a game this season.  Assists go to Pominville and Toni Lydman.

2-1 (2-6:42): Denis Hamel tips a long pass from Patrick Eaves past Jaroslav Spacek at the red line and beat Martin Biron on the ensuing breakaway.  The goal is Hamel's first of the preseason.  Eaves records the lone assist.

2-2 (2-9:14): Denis Hamel tipped Tomas Kubelka's shot from the point to even the score at two apiece.  The power-play goal is Hamel's second of the game.  Kubelka and Alexei Kaigorodov record the helpers.

2-3 (2-10:04): Streaking down the right side of the rink, Denis Hamel fires a shot over the right shoulder of Martin Biron to complete the natural hat trick and gave Ottawa their first lead of the game. Antoine Vermette records the lone helper.

3-3 (2-14:01): Winning a faceoff deep in Ottawa's zone, Chris Drury's initial offering is turned away by Ray Emery, but the Sabres co-captain collected his own rebound and roofed the puck for his first goal of the preseason.  The goal is unassisted.

4-3 (3-9:19): With a two-man advantage, Thomas Vanek converts a quick pass from the wing by Derek Roy to complete the hat trick.  Vanek fought his way to the front of the net before receiving the feed.  The power-play goal is Buffalo's third of the game.

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