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Another Shutout Slips Away

Wednesday, 01.10.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Another Shutout Slips Away
The Buffalo Sabres may have extended the team's winning streak in the Windy City to three games with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, but the team was dissatisfied by the way they finished.

With 49.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Denis Arkhipov out skated two Sabres defensemen and beat Ryan Miller with a wristshot to ruin the goalie's shutout bid. Arkhipov's sixth of the season rang off the right post and then was kicked into the net as Miller attempted to corral the shot between his pads.

"We played pretty well the whole game and to give up one like that towards the end is disappointing," said Jason Pominville. "After that play, we closed everything."

Miller finished the game - his 22nd victory of the season - with 34 saves and hasn't been able to complete a shutout since October 26.

Nikolai Khabibulin countered Miller's performance for Chicago with 27 saves.

"Khabibulin looked like the old Khabibulin," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "He made some great saves."

Jochen Hecht gave Buffalo the lead with the lone goal of the opening two periods. Stationed at the left post, Hecht received a feed from Pominville that pinballed its way through the slot and roofed the puck over Khabibulin for his 11th goal of the season at 4:47 of the first.

The goal was Hecht's first point in four games.

"That game felt like it did six years ago when we were always in the 1-0 or 2-0 games," said Ruff. "You're hanging on, knowing that one bad bounce could kill you."

Maxim Afinogenov became the third Sabres forward this season to eclipse the 20-goal plateau, as he found a crack in the Bulin Wall three minutes into the third period to give Buffalo the 2-0 lead.

Receiving an across-ice pass from Thomas Vanek at Chicago's blueline, Afinogenov cut wide along the boards and slipped a shot five-hole on Khabibulin as the netminder was hugging the left post to record his 20th goal of the season.

Vanek and co-captain Chris Drury led all Sabres goal scorers with 22 goals this season.

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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