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Refuse To Lose Two In A Row

Saturday, 12.09.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Refuse To Lose Two In A Row
One of the team's mantras for the 2006-07 season remained intact on Saturday night. Refuse to lose two games in a row.

Putting fourth a disappointing effort in their loss to Florida on Thursday night, Buffalo rebounded to earn a 3-2 victory via shootout over the Montreal Canadiens in a spirited and fast-paced contest at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. In the eight games following defeats this season, Buffalo has outscored their opposition 49-16.

Daniel Briere scored five-hole on Buffalo's first attempt in the shootout and Thomas Vanek ripped a blazing slapshot that left Montreal netminder Cristobal Huet shaking his head on the team's second attempt for the game winner. Goaltender Ryan Miller stuffed Saku Koivu and Sergei Samsonov fired wide-left as the Sabres expanded their lead over Montreal in the Northeast Division to 10 points and improved to 5-1 in shootouts this season.

"I just went for something different," said Vanek of being the second player in the NHL to score with a slapshot during a shootout. Minnesota's Brian Rolston was the first. "By winding up for the slapshot, I was hoping that [Huet] would think it was a fake. It worked out well.

"I don't think was expecting it."

Skating four a side, Jiri Novotny crashed the net and dribbled Maxim Afinogenov's rebound underneath Cristobal Huet for Buffalo's first goal of the game. Novonty's sixth goal of the season appeared to stopped by Huet, but the puck trickled between the netminder's pads and slipped over the goal line at the 6:12 mark of the second to make the score 1-0 in favor of Buffalo.

"We were much more organized in a lot of areas tonight," said Miller, who earned his 15th victory of the season after stopping 31-of-33 shots. "We did a great job bouncing back from that last game."

The fourth-best power play unit in the NHL tied the game three minutes later. Michael Ryder snapped Sheldon Souray's rebound over Miller's right pad to register his eighth goal of the season and fifth with the man advantage at 9:11.

Added Miller: "I got a good look at [Souray's] initial shot but lost it a little bit when [the rebound] went back into traffic."

Buffalo used a power play opportunity with Ryder in the penalty box to generate the team's next score.

Sustaining an offensive attack as the power play ended, Derek Roy one timed a Vanek pass shortside from the left wing at 17:45 of the second to give Buffalo the 2-1 edge. Stationed behind the net, Vanek one-timed a feed from Nathan Paetsch to Roy at the bottom of the left face-off circle to setup the center's fifth goal of the season.

Montreal tied the game again with another power-play goal. Souray faked a shot from the point, drifted deeper into Buffalo's zone and snapped a wristshot into the top-left corner of the net for his 11th goal of the season - nine of which have come with the man advantage - at 2:52 of the final frame.

The Sabres power-play unit continues to struggle against Montreal's penalty kill, failing to score on 22 opportunities against the Canadiens.

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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