NO FLY ZONE
Buffalo takes down Winnipeg in wild 6-5 OT game at First Niagara Center.
Thomas Vanek scored with 25 seconds left in overtime to cap a wild 6-5 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at First Niagara Center. The goal was Buffalo’s fourth power play tally of the night, and it was the only time they led all game. The Sabres were four-for-12 on the power play, and also added a shorthanded goal from Pominville. It was the first time since October 29, 2005 that Buffalo scored four power play goals in one game.
Jason Pominville (1+2) and Derek Roy (2+1) each had three point nights for the Sabres, while rookie Corey Tropp chipped in with his first NHL goal in just his third game.
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The two teams combined for six goals in the game’s first 13:06, including goals from Roy and Tropp just 11 seconds apart midway through the period. Tanner Glass, Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler each collected two points for the Jets, who concluded a season-high seven-game road trip with a record of 3-2-2.
After allowing three Jets goals on 12 shots in the first period, goaltender Ryan Miller settled down to stop 16 of 18 shots over the final two frames. Miller joked that “it was nice to make it to the second period this time,” but it was obvious he felt much better about the final result.
“To be brutally honest, after those first two, I was just like, ‘Yeah. OK we’re going to do this again, huh?’” said Miller. “I tried to just slowly keep myself in the game. It helped that the guys kept putting goals up. You don’t plan nights like that and you certainly don’t like to see too many of them but it’s good we came out on the winning side.
"Again, we’re going to have to learn some lessons from this one and personally I just need to take away where I can be better and where I can make a difference. There are some situations out there where I need to start to get a little more in sync with my guys."
Buffalo won 50 of 75 faceoffs, with Pominville (12-2) and Paul Gaustad (15-5) combining to go 27-7.
6:32 - Welcome to the First Niagara Center, where tonight the Buffalo Sabres host the Winnipeg Jets. This is the first time a team from Winnipeg has played in Buffalo since March 1995.
6:33 - Ryan Miller led the Sabres on the ice for warmups, and is expected to get his first start since last Wednesday against Philadelphia.
6:40 - Rick Jeanneret and Dale Hawerchuk will inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony tonight. Full coverage of the ceremony will be live on MSG. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:23 pm.
6:48 - Be sure to check back after the game for more in-depth coverage of tonight’s game. We’ll have an enhanced version of the game blog complete with highlights, interviews and Lindy Ruff’s post-game press conference.
6:54 - Weber/Kaleta/Ennis scratched for Buffalo
6:55 - Let’s take a look at some of the storylines heading into tonight’s game:
6:55 - ** First of four games between BUF and WPG this season.
6:55 - ** 45th meeting all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise. ** Buffalo leads the all-time series 20-14-10; 6-3-3 at home.
6:56 - ** Buffalo’s PK is 1st in the NHL (42/45, 93.3%), having killed off 31 of last 32 opposition PP’s.
6:56 - ** Derek Roy leads all Sabres with 29 points in 24 career games against Winnipeg franchise.
6:57 - ** Ryan Miller is 11-2-5 all-time against the Winnipeg franchise with a 2.51 GAA.
6:57 - Buffalo next plays on Friday when the Ottawa Senators make their visit of the season to FNC for a 7:30 p.m. start.
7:13 - Sabres president Ted Black presents Hawerchuk with his commemorative sabre
7:13 - Hawerchuk concludes his speech by thanking the fans of Buffalo.
7:16 - A highlight reel of Jeanneret calls now being shown on the videoboard. It's goosebump-worthy!
7:18 - Pretty cool to see the players from both teams watching the Jeanneret clips on the board.
7:23 - To nobody's shock - RJ nailed his speech. We'll get it posted at Sabres.com as soon as possible.
7:26 - Let's play some hockey! First period is underway
7:29 - I'll say it - the Jets unis are sharp. Would've been nice to see the old logo, but the new ones are awesome. Like the color scheme alot
7:30 - Pavelec one-hops McCormick's chip shot just outside the post.
7:33 - 1-0 WPG: Flood completes the pass play by converting the pass from Glass in the slot (4:48)
7:36 - 2-0 WPG: Little buries the one-timer after a sweet no-look pass from Wheeler in behind the Sabres cage. (5:54)
7:36 - 13:51 left in the 1st. The Jets lead 2-0, and are outshooting Buffalo 4-0.
7:39 - Pominville records Buffalo's first shot at the 6:39 mark, flipping a backhand at Pavelec coming off a rush down the RW.
7:39 - Sabres on the PP - Burmistrov off for Charging
7:41 - Pominville just misses the one-timer in front - his second scoring chance of the PP
7:42 - Great puck movement by the Sabres who nearly convert. Adam mishandles a glorious chance in front.
7:43 - Fans calling for a goal but play was whistled dead. Referee Dean Morton was literally on top of the net, so it's tough to argue
He's really played well for us. He's supplying good energy, and he's doing a good job on pucks down low ... all in limited ice time. - Ruff on Corey Tropp
7:44 - 2-1: Derek Roy scores for the second night in a row, banging home a Tyler Myers rebound off the point shot.
7:44 - GOAL!
7:45 - 2-2: Corey Tropp scores his first NHL goal!
7:45 - Great play by Gaustad and Gerbe to get the puck in front to Tropp, and a great second effort by the kid from Grosse Pointe, MI.
7:46 - Buffalo's goals were scored 11 seconds apart at 9:05 and 9:16.
7:46 - Sabres have gone from being down 4-0 in shots to a 9-5 lead with 8:45 left
7:49 - 3-2 WPG: The Jets go up by one after a rebound in front appears to bounce in off of Tyler Myers in the crease. Glass gets credit for the goal. (11:25)
7:52 - The league's #1 PK goes to work as Leopold gets the gate for holding.
7:54 - 3-3: Shorthanded tally! After picking off the puck at their blueline, Gaustad feeds Pominville in front with a spinning backhand pass to tie the score. (13:06)
7:56 - Winnipeg gets another one past Miller - but thankfully this one doesn't count. Ladd directed the puck in with his hand, and it's called no goal.
7:57 - Don't look away tonight or you'll miss a goal. This is crazy!
8:00 - Gerbe picks off the loose puck and rifles a twisted writer over the Jets cage.
8:01 - 2:57 left in the 1st
8:04 - With Kane already in the box for holding , Bogosian goes in for hooking at 18:14
8:04 - 5-on-3 for the next minute
8:05 - Vanek bullies his way past a Jets defender but Pavelec stands tall
8:06 - End of 1: We're all even at 3-3. Sabres lead 19-12 in shots
8:09 - 8 of Buffalo's 19 shots came on the PP
8:10 - The 19 shots tie Buffalo's season high for a period (previous -- 2nd vs. CGY, Nov. 4)
8:23 - The puck has been dropped on the 2nd stanza
8:26 - 4-3 WPG: Little jumps into the slot, grabs the rebound and fires one past Miller.
8:30 - Miller covers up during a mad scramble in the crease, with some help from Gragnani
8:31 - Ladd throws a pick on Gerbe off the faceoff, and now finds himself in the box for interference.
8:33 - Is it me, or is everything turning into a scoring chance tonight?
8:35 - Byfuglien with the wraparound attempt, but Miller cuts him off on the far post.
8:35 - 12:16 left in the 2nd.
8:40 - McCormick and Glass square off in a heavyweight tilt. McCormick was cut near the eye in the fight, and has gone to the room for repairs
8:42 - Gerbe to the sin bin for tripping. Looked a lot like Kane stepping on his stick
8:42 - Byfuglien finds iron with his shot
8:45 - There's 8:28 remaining in the 2nd, and shockingly there's only been one goal this period.
8:46 - WPG outshooting BUF 11-7, and Miller has been solid this period.
8:49 - Kane fires wide after a nice feed from Antropov in the neutral zone
8:50 - Gragnani carries it deep into the Jets zone before dropping to Gaustad - but his shot attempt is stopped by Pavelec.
8:54 - Andrew Ladd makes a return appearance in the box - this time for holding
8:55 - 4-4: Thomas Vanek unloads an absolute cannon past Pavelec from the point. (15:48, PP)
8:56 - Boyes and Roy with the helpers.
8:57 - 3 of BUF's 4 goals have come from special teams tonight: 2 PP, 1 SH
8:59 - Adam gets the stick on Wheeler in front of the net, he's off for hooking at 19:18
9:01 - The buzzer goes to end the 2nd -- all even at 4-4. Winnipeg outshot Buffalo 12-9 that period, but the Sabres lead 28-24 overall.
9:15 - Sabres are leading 30-19 in faceoffs -- Pominville is 7-0
9:18 - 3rd period action is on!
9:20 - 5-4 WPG: Wheeler finds Byfuglien all alone in front, and he beats Miller with a laser.
9:22 - Pavelec turns away Gaustad's quick wrist shot with his right pad
9:23 - Stafford charges to the Jets net but gets dragged down by Byfuglien. That's 2 mins for holding.
9:25 - Myers swipes away the Jets stick in the zone, but that's a penalty if it's not broken - 2 mins for interference. We're 4-on-4 for the next 1:05
9:29 - Leino has a great chance in front to even the score, but fires his shot right into Pavelec's tummy.
9:30 - TV timeout with 13:08 left in regulation
9:31 - Matt Ellis gets a piece of Myers point shot that Pavelec grabs easily.
9:38 - Sabres head to the PP with Oduya in the B-O-X for cross checking
9:42 - Adam gets high sticked in the face by Bogosian, and he'll sit for a pair
9:42 - Sabres are now 5-on-3 for the next :23.
9:44 - The parade continues -- Stuart drops Roy after the whistle, and now joins his teammates in the box with a roughing minor
9:45 - 5-5: They knocked Derek Roy down, but he got right back up again to roof a one-timer past Pavelec.
9:46 - There's still 1:29 left in Stuart's penalty
9:47 - Pominville and Ehrhoff with the assists on Roy's 2nd goal of the night
9:49 - 3;50 left in the 3rd. Sabres outshooting Winnipeg 40-29
9:50 - Sabres up 44-23 in faceoffs -- Pominville has won 11 of 12
9:51 - 18,690 butts in the seats again tonight -- the 6th sellout of the year at FNC
9:55 - Last minute..
9:56 - Leopold rips a shot from the blueline just before the buzzer goes but it's snagged easily by Pavelec.
9:56 - We're going to OOOOOOOO-vertime
9:56 - Time for some free hockey.
9:57 - 29/26 start along with 10/17
9:59 - Miller stones Byfuglien in close!
10:00 - Great work by Tropp down low
10:00 - 1:50 left
10:01 - Gerbe nearly puts an end to this one, just missing the feed from Myers at the far post
10:01 - Timeout Jets
10:02 - Jets with 6 shots to Buffalo's 1 so far
10:03 - Correction 1-1. The 6 shots was WPG's 3rd pd total. Bad eyes up here
10:04 - WPG is called for hooking when Gerbe is brought down by Wheeler. There are :55 left
10:05 - Pominville's point shot finds the back of the net after some great work by Roy to keep the puck in the zone.
10:06 - FINAL; Buffalo 6 - Jets 5