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game recap

Sabres 3, Oilers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 3, Oilers 1
Buffalo Sabres 3, Edmonton Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Tim Connolly was so happy with his goal, he was quite excited to go watch it on replay.

Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and assist in the third period to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Monday night.

Connolly added a power-play goal, and Derek Roy also scored for Buffalo, which has won two straight games but remains four points behind first-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division.

"We're in Canada, so I might get to see it on TV," Connolly said of his goal. "We get a clutch goal when we need it, and that's what happened."

Teppo Numminen finished with two assists as the Sabres opened a six-game road swing. Buffalo closed out a six-game homestand with a 10-1 win over Los Angeles on Saturday.

"Everybody was waiting to see how we would react after the big win at home," Numminen said. "This was huge for us."

Ales Hemsky scored for Edmonton, which has lost three in a row against Eastern Conference teams.

The Sabres scored on two of four third-period shots to earn their first win in Edmonton since a 1-0 victory on March 27, 1998.

"We took ourselves out of the game for two periods, then couldn't get it going in the third period," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "A lot of it was a product of playing a good team."

Edmonton gave Buffalo 11 power plays.

"It's tough when you're killing penalties all night," Oilers captain Jason Smith said. "We're not getting the results we want."

Buffalo's Ryan Miller stopped the Oilers on three third-period power plays and turned aside 22 shots for his 13th win.

"Miller made the key saves when we needed him," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "That's all you can ask of him."

The Oilers went 3-3-4 this season against teams from the East. Buffalo is 6-1-1 versus the West.

Hemsky was laid out following an open-ice hit in the first period by Sabres defenseman Jay McKee, who appeared to stick his knee out on the play. That resulted in a swift response from Smith, who was assessed 17 minutes in penalties.

"It's a team thing to do," Oilers center Marty Reasoner said.

Rookie Edmonton defenseman Matt Greene had a hard hit on Sabres center Jiri Novotny in the second, then wrestled with Andrew Peters to take a double minor for roughing. Oilers center Jarret Stoll ended the second taking a double minor for high-sticking after clipping Connolly in the face.

Notes: The Oilers moved C J.J. Hunter off injured reserve and assigned him to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. ... Oilers enforcer Georges Laraque was a healthy scratch after playing in 27 straight games. ... Stoll's second-period, power-play shot knocked off Miller's mask.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:35
EDM
Ales Hemsky (13) ASST: Jason Smith (6)
1 - 0 EDM
17:38
BUF
PPG - Tim Connolly (9) ASST: Ales Kotalik (16), Chris Drury (21)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:23
BUF
PPG - Maxim Afinogenov (11) ASST: Thomas Vanek (17), Teppo Numminen (24)
2 - 1 BUF
13:36
BUF
Derek Roy (4) ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (21), Teppo Numminen (25)
3 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
04:58
BUF
Derek Roy  Tripping against  Fernando Pisani
07:18
EDM
Marty Reasoner  Hooking against  Tim Connolly
07:34
EDM
Michael Peca  Slashing against  Tim Connolly
16:09
EDM
Michael Peca  Hi-sticking against  Derek Roy
16:50
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking
17:20
EDM
Jason Smith  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jay McKee
17:20
EDM
Jason Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Jay McKee
17:20
EDM
Jason Smith  Instigator against  Jay McKee
17:20
BUF
Dmitri Kalinin  Game misconduct against  Jason Smith
17:20
BUF
Jay McKee  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Smith
17:38
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hooking against  Tim Connolly
2nd Period
04:13
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Hi-sticking against  Steve Staios
06:22
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Tripping against  Michael Grier
13:03
BUF
Andrew Peters  Slashing against  Matt Greene
13:03
EDM
Matt Greene  Roughing against  Andrew Peters
13:03
EDM
Matt Greene  Roughing against  Andrew Peters
14:44
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Slashing against  Derek Roy
16:42
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Tripping against  Derek Roy
17:11
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hi-sticking against  Steve Staios
18:24
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Hi-sticking against  Tim Connolly
18:24
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Hi-sticking against  Tim Connolly
3rd Period
05:39
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:51
BUF
Teppo Numminen  Hooking against  Raffi Torres
14:18
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Illegal stick
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
SA: 23TOI: 59:55
Saves: 22EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .957SH: 3 - 3
Jussi Markkanen
SA: 19TOI: 57:44
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .842SH: 0 - 0