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TRIUMPHANT IN TRAVERSE CITY

Sabres defeat Rangers 5-2 for tournament title

Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 11:42 PM / News
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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TRIUMPHANT IN TRAVERSE CITY
Video: Ron Rolston Post-Game
Video: Corery Tropp Post-Game
Video: Zack Kassian Post-Game

TRAVERSE CITY, MI --- Marcus Foligno scored twice and Corey Tropp had the game winner as the Buffalo Sabres captured the 2011 NHL Prospect Tournament title with a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers in Wednesday’s championship game. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 21 of 23 Rangers shots to earn the win, leading the Sabres to victory in their first trip to the tournament.

1ST PERIOD: After a slow start that saw just four combined shots in the first eight minutes, Luke Adam gets Buffalo on the board first when he forces a turnover along the wall before burying a shot up high. The Sabres go up by a pair when their top line strikes again just three minutes later. Zack Kassian takes a pass from Adam, and then drops a sweet back pass to a waiting Foligno who one-times it for his second of the tournament at 13:25. The Rangers strike :19 later when Carl Hagelin grabs a loose puck behind the Sabres net and sets up a wide open J.T. Miller in front. Rangers hold a 10-9 edge in shots.

2ND PERIOD: A quiet period offensively with just one goal scored. Midway through the frame, New York’s Ryan Bourque pounces on a Nick Crawford turnover just inside the hashmarks and beats Lieuwen. The Rangers continue to lead in shots 16-15. Corey Tropp and Jason Wilson engage in fisticuffs early in the period following a goalmouth scramble.

3RD PERIOD: Buffalo goes back on top just 1:28 into the period. Matt MacKenzie’s outlet pass finds Jonathan Parker in the neutral zone, and he feeds a streaking Tropp down the right side who finishes the play with what turn out to be the game winner. Dan Catenacci ices the game with five minutes to go following a great play by Shawn Szydlowski in the neutral zone to knock down the puck. Szydlowski feeds Catenacci in the middle, and he undresses Stajcer. Foligno gets his second of the night on a breakaway with 2:13 left in the game. MacKenzie fired the puck out of the Sabres zone and it took a kooky bounce off the stantion before landing right on Foligno’s stick.

NOTES: Buffalo’s scratches were Steven Beyers, Jacob Lagace, Cedrick Henley, Alex Lepkowski and Corey Fienhage … The Sabres were 1-for-7 on the power play, and finished the tournament 3-for-25 (12.0%).

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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