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Sabres 4, Canucks 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 4, Canucks 3, SO
Vancouver Canucks 3, Buffalo Sabres 4

Buffalo's Ales Kotalik celebrates after scoring the game-winning shootout goal against the Vancouver Canucks.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -The Buffalo Sabres had just ended a tough stretch. Thanks to Ales Kotalik's decisive shootout goal, they didn't start a new one.

Maxim Afinogenov also scored in the shootout after Chris Drury forced extra time by scoring with 39.1 seconds left in regulation in a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

"Desperation was a big factor," said co-captain Daniel Briere, whose Sabres won their second straight after a 2-4-1 skid. "We wanted to know we're out of our funk. You don't want to win one game and then go back on a losing streak."

It wasn't easy. The Sabres overcame 2-1 and 3-2 deficits, and also killed off a Canucks power-play in overtime.

After both teams scored once on each of their first three shootout attempts, Kotalik scored when he faked going to the forehand and lifted a backhander into the top of the net over Canucks goalie Dany Sabourin.

Kotalik decided on going with the backhand after watching how Sabourin handled the first three shootout attempts.

"I knew if I did it right, it would end up in there," Kotalik said.

Buffalo's Ryan Miller, who stopped 25 shots in regulation, then clinched the victory when he got his blocker up to stop Josh Green on the Canucks' final attempt.

Jason Pominville and Paul Gaustad also scored in regulation in helping Buffalo end an 0-3-1 skid against Vancouver - dating to Jan. 8, 2002 - and defeat one of the NHL's hottest teams

Markus Naslund, Taylor Pyatt and Jan Bulis, with a shorthanded breakaway goal, scored for Vancouver (27-19-2). The Northwest Division-leading Canucks fell to 10-1-1 in their last 12 games and also had a six-game road win streak snapped.

Coach Alain Vigneault was disappointed in the loss, particularly after Sabourin's strong performance in his fourth start of the season and first in 13 games.

Sabourin, whose career record dropped to 0-7-2, stopped 33 shots, including 13 of 14 in the final 12 minutes of regulation.

"He showed a gutsy effort for a kid who doesn't get a chance to play a lot," said Vigneault, who gave starter Roberto Luongo a rare day off. "Our whole group is disappointed we didn't find a way to get two points for him."

Drury's tying goal was the difference, coming on a pinball-type play.

With Miller off for an extra attacker, Brian Campbell's point shot deflected off of Pominville, then off the leg of Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund. The puck bounced to the right of the net, where Drury redirected it toward the goal, the puck dribbling in off Sabourin's glove.

"They got a bounce in front. I couldn't really see," Sabourin said. "It wasn't a pretty goal."

Some of the saves he made, though, were magnificent - his best coming with 3 1/2 minutes left. That's when Sabourin stopped Briere's shot from the point and then, while falling backward, managed to get his arms up to prevent Teppo Numminen from flipping a backhander in over him.

Whew, said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.

"I thought when Teppo missed the opportunity, it was looking like we weren't going to get one," Ruff said.

Then, referring to Drury's goal, Ruff said: "Brian did a great job of getting it to the net, Pominville did a good job screening and Dru was there and got a bounce. We needed that."

Notes: Canucks C Trevor Linden was held out because of the flu while D Willie Mitchell (groin) missed his third of four games, after playing sparingly at Ottawa. ... The game was the Sabres' first of five this season against Northwest Division rivals, and marked Vancouver's first trip to Buffalo since a 4-2 win on Feb. 7, 2003. ... Sabres C Jiri Novotny is out indefinitely after sustaining a high ankle sprain. Novotny was hurt when he fell awkwardly after being tripped by Josh Green late in the first period.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:31
BUF
Jason Pominville (21) ASST: Daniel Briere (39), Thomas Vanek (24)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
04:28
VAN
PPG - Taylor Pyatt (13) ASST: Lukas Krajicek (7), Sami Salo (14)
1 - 1 Tie
16:08
VAN
SHG - Jan Bulis (9) ASST: Josh Green (5), Rory Fitzpatrick (2)
2 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
01:54
BUF
Paul Gaustad (8) ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (29), Dmitri Kalinin (13)
2 - 2 Tie
07:58
VAN
PPG - Markus Naslund (15) ASST: Kevin Bieksa (20), Brendan Morrison (14)
3 - 2 VAN
19:20
BUF
Chris Drury (24) ASST: Jason Pominville (16), Brian Campbell (24)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFVANTOTAL
1D. Briere
R. Kesler
0 - 0
2M. Afinogenov
B. Morrison
1 - 1
3T. Vanek
M. Naslund
1 - 1
4A. Kotalik
J. Green
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
08:29
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
08:29
BUF
Derek Roy  Slashing against  Ryan Kesler
08:29
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Slashing against  Derek Roy
15:05
VAN
Lukas Krajicek  Hooking against  Ales Kotalik
19:15
BUF
Drew Stafford  Roughing against  Josh Green
19:15
VAN
Josh Green  Tripping against  Jiri Novotny
2nd Period
03:00
BUF
Adam Mair  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
05:03
BUF
Daniel Briere  Interference against  Matt Cooke
07:29
BUF
Adam Mair  Too many men on the ice
09:28
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Chris Drury
15:12
VAN
Jeff Cowan  Hi-sticking against  Derek Roy
19:27
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
3rd Period
07:51
BUF
Chris Drury  Tripping against  Jeff Cowan
15:23
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Boarding against  Derek Roy
OT Period
02:33
BUF
Jaroslav Spacek  Tripping against  Josh Green
goalie stats
Dany Sabourin
SA: 36TOI: 64:56
Saves: 33EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 28TOI: 64:37
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 2