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THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 4, KINGS 2

Sabres open the season with a pair of wins in Europe

Sunday, 10.09.2011 / 11:09 AM / THE AFTERMATH
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 4, KINGS 2

THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT
Adam
Vanek
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BERLIN (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres were in no hurry to leave Europe after sweeping their first two games.

"The only tough part about coming over here is now we've got to go back," coach Lindy Ruff said.

Luke Adam scored twice in a 2:20 span early in the second period to help the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Saturday night in the first NHL game in Germany.

Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo, coming off a 4-1 victory over Anaheim on Friday night in Helsinki. Ryan Miller made 31 saves, and Austrian star Thomas Vanek had two assists, giving him two goals and three assists in the two games in Europe.

"It's been great," Vanek said. "We came here with the goal of playing good hockey and winning two games and we did. But it's only two games in a year, there's a lot of work left." ...MORE.

After a scoreless first period, the Sabres jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 2:40 of the second period using some good fashioned hard work. Jason Pominville took a hit along the sideboards to keep the puck in, and it then gets chipped behind the net. Thomas Vanek picks up the puck and begins to slide around the net when he’s tackled from behind by a Kings defender. Vanek somehow maintains possession of the puck and sweeps it out front to Luke Adam, who bangs him his first of two on the night.

Adam
Luke Adam: One night after picking up his first career multi-point game, Adam reached another milestone Saturday with his first-ever two-goal game. The 21-year-old now has four points (2+2) in first two games, already matching his four-point total (3+1) from last season when he played 19 games with the big club. Adam, Buffalo’s second-round pick (44th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, was named the AHL Rookie of the Year last season with Portland when he scored 62 points (29+33) in 57 games.

- The sell-out crowd of 14,300 was very tilted in favor of the Sabres, with most of the fans cheering for Thomas Vanek and Christian Ehrhoff. The Sabres players came together on the ice to salute the fans with a traditional post-game German cheer following the game, and Ehrhoff also tossed three of sticks to fans in the crowd.

- Ehrhoff left the ice after being crumpled in the corner by a hit from Dustin Brown at 14:09 of the first period. Brown was assessed a roughing penalty on the play. Ehrhoff missed the remainder of the first period, but returned at the start of the second, and still managed to play a team-high 23:57 of TOI.

- Ryan Miller has now allowed just 3 goals on 63 shots through the first two games. He turned away 31 of 33 Kings shooters tonight, and made a late glove save that would’ve brought the Kings within one.

- One night after combining for 8 points, the line of Vanek-Adam-Pominville collected another five of Buffalo’s 11 points.

- Robyn Regehr increased his league-leading blocked shots total to nine with three more tonight.

- Patrick Kaleta thought he had scored Buffalo’s fifth goal of the night in the third period, but a video review determined the puck had been initially knocked down by Cody McCormick’s high stick in front of the net.

- Paul Gaustad’s 11 faceoff wins were second only to Jarett Stoll’s 12.

- The Sabres have now been outshot 22-4 in the third period this season. Anaheim shut them out 11-0 on Friday, and the Kings had the same total in an 11-4 count tonight. 

- Tonight’s game gave Buffalo a sweep of their opening weekend back-to-back games in Europe. The Sabres will play a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games in 2011-12. The Sabres also led the league with 22 back-to-back sets last season: they were 12-8-2 in the first game, and 11-8-3 in game two.

- This was the only meeting of the season between the Sabres and Kings; Buffalo now leads the all-time series vs. LA with a record of 55-39-19
 

The Sabres return to practice Monday to prepare for their home opener at the First Niagara Center this Friday against Carolina. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET. They are back out on the road the next night for a game in Pittsburgh on October 15. That is followed by a three-game trip to Montreal (Oct. 18), Florida (Oct. 20) and Tampa Bay (Oct. 22).

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