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Sabres 10, Thrashers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 10, Thrashers 1
Atlanta Thrashers 1, Buffalo Sabres 10

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Ryan Miller had a good feeling Friday was going to be the night the Sabres ended their lengthy winless skid. The goalie even figured it could be a blowout. He couldn't have been more right.

Drew Stafford and Derek Roy had hat tricks and Buffalo routed the Atlanta Thrashers 10-1 to end a 10-game stretch without a win.

Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht each had a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who got off to a fast start with four goals in the first period. It was Stafford's first three-goal game, and he also had two assists for a career-high five points, while Roy registered his third career hat trick and added an assist.

Miller made his prediction over lunch with teammates Tim Connolly and Maxim Afinogenov,

"I said, 'You know, it's just going to have to be one of those games where everybody's clicking and we win something ridiculous like 7-1,"' Miller said. "Even my one-cent prediction got blown away."

And how. Buffalo, which came within two games of tying a franchise-record 12-game winless stretch set in 1991 and matched in 2002, scored its most goals since a 10-1 win over Los Angeles in Jan. 2006. That was also the last time two Sabres players had hat tricks in the same game for the first time since Jason Pominville and Hecht did so against the Kings.

"It doesn't happen often, scoring 10 goals in a game," Roy said. "I think everybody was anxious to get out there and contribute."

Daniel Paille and Ales Kotalik also scored for the Sabres, who won for the first time since a 6-5 shootout victory over Philadelphia on Dec. 22. They had scored just 16 times during their 10-game winless stretch.

"We weren't trying to do anything fancy, we were just trying to outwork them," Stafford said. "It feels good to finally win."

Colin Stuart scored for Atlanta, which was playing 24 hours after losing in a shootout to Montreal. The loss, coupled with Carolina's win over Edmonton on Friday, dropped the Thrashers out of first place in the Southeast Division.

Buffalo Sabres right winger Drew Stafford celebrates after scoring his hat-trick goal against Atlanta Thrashers goalie Johan Hedberg during the third period in Buffalo, NY, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008.  (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

Atlanta goalie Johan Hedberg allowed four goals on 11 shots before being pulled 12:41 into the game. Kari Lehtonen gave up three more goals on 21 shots through the second period before Hedberg returned for the third. He finished with 21 saves overall.

It was the most goals allowed by Atlanta in franchise history.

"This feeling is something I don't want to feel again," Hedberg said.

"It's our most embarrassing loss in a long, long time," captain Bobby Holik said. "I don't think the team needs losses like this to learn from."

The Sabres followed their four-goal first with three more in the second. They also netted three goals on the power play overall, the first time in six games they were able to convert with the man advantage.

Paille scored just 1:54 in, and Stafford made it 2-0 at 5:14. Roy, returning after a four-game absence because of a shoulder injury, capped the Sabres' opening-period barrage with two goals in under a 4-minute span.

Stuart made it 4-1 at 10:08 of the first with a short-handed goal.

After pumping 16 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, the Sabres followed with another 16 in the second, with Hecht, Roy and Vanek each scoring.

Stafford made it 8-1 8 minutes into the third, then completed his three-goal night with his 11th of the year at 11:38.

Kotalik capped the scoring with a power-play goal with 2:18 left in the third after Thrashers forward Eric Boulton picked up 29 minutes in penalties when he instigated a scrum involving Hecht at 12:49.

Sabres forward Michael Ryan sustained an eye injury late in the game when Stuart high-sticked him.

Notes: The Sabres will play their next seven games on the road. ... Hedberg made his first start in five games, and just his eighth appearance in the past 25 games. ... Atlanta LW Brad Larsen (groin) missed his third game. ... Lehtonen was yanked after allowing five goals in 40 minutes in Buffalo's 6-0 win over Atlanta in October. ... Buffalo defenseman Dmitri Kalinin added three assists, his first points since the season opener. ... Atlanta LW Ilya Kovalchuk was held without a point for the second straight game after an 10-game point streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:54
BUF
Daniel Paille (9) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Kotalik (12), Paul Gaustad (16)
1 - 0 BUF
05:14
BUF
PPG - Drew Stafford (9) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Pominville (26), Brian Campbell (27)
2 - 0 BUF
05:37
BUF
Derek Roy (14) Snap shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (10), Thomas Vanek (14)
3 - 0 BUF
09:07
BUF
Derek Roy (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (11), Thomas Vanek (15)
4 - 0 BUF
10:08
ATL
SHG - Colin Stuart (3) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 BUF
2nd Period
05:30
BUF
Jochen Hecht (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Jason Pominville (27), Henrik Tallinder (6)
5 - 1 BUF
14:41
BUF
Derek Roy (16) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Paille (12), Dmitri Kalinin (2)
6 - 1 BUF
19:15
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (13) Tip-in - ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (3), Jochen Hecht (12)
7 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
07:53
BUF
Drew Stafford (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Ryan (4), Dmitri Kalinin (4)
8 - 1 BUF
11:38
BUF
Drew Stafford (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Toni Lydman (11), Derek Roy (18)
9 - 1 BUF
17:42
BUF
PPG - Ales Kotalik (14) Slapshot - ASST: Brian Campbell (28), Jochen Hecht (13)
10 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
04:55
ATL
Bobby Holik  Hooking against  Henrik Tallinder
06:13
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Roughing against  Jochen Hecht
06:13
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Roughing against  Garnet Exelby
06:35
BUF
Brian Campbell  Interference against  Marian Hossa
09:32
ATL
Pascal Dupuis  Hooking against  Michael Ryan
16:07
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kari Lehtonen
2nd Period
07:11
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
07:31
BUF
Derek Roy  Hooking against  Pascal Dupuis
10:46
BUF
Nolan Pratt  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
10:46
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Nolan Pratt
10:46
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Instigator against  Nolan Pratt
10:46
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Misconduct (10 min) against  Nolan Pratt
17:19
ATL
Ken Klee  Holding against  Michael Ryan
3rd Period
01:18
BUF
Jason Pominville  Tripping against  Mark Recchi
01:35
BUF
Toni Lydman  Slashing against  Mark Recchi
05:44
BUF
Drew Stafford  Elbowing against  Colin Stuart
12:49
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jochen Hecht
12:49
ATL
Eric Boulton  Game misconduct against  Jason Pominville
12:49
ATL
Eric Boulton  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jason Pominville
12:49
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Pominville
12:49
ATL
Eric Boulton  Instigator against  Jason Pominville
12:49
ATL
Eric Boulton  Cross checking against  Jason Pominville
12:49
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Roughing against  Jochen Hecht
12:49
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Roughing against  Garnet Exelby
17:10
ATL
Colin Stuart  Hi-sticking against  Derek Roy
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 28TOI: 32:41
Saves: 21EV: 11 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 21TOI: 27:19
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 1