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Thrashers 5, Sabres 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 5, Sabres 4, SO
Buffalo Sabres 4, Atlanta Thrashers 5

ATLANTA (AP) -Eric Perrin went back to his IHL days to come up with his game-winning move in a shootout.

Perrin, Atlanta's fourth shooter, beat Jocelyn Thibault with a fake before scoring to give the Thrashers a 5-4 win over Buffalo on Friday night.

Perrin faked to his right before pulling the puck back and shooting past Thibault to the left side of the net, ending the Sabres' three-game winning streak.

"I tried those moves in the old IHL and it worked once in a while, so I decided to go for it," said Perrin, who was 0-for-4 on career shootout attempts in the NHL before the game-winner.

Perrin, in his first season in Atlanta, played for Cleveland, Quebec and Kansas City of the International Hockey League from 1997 to 2000.

Johan Hedberg stopped shots by Ales Kotalik, Derek Roy, Clarke MacArthur and Thomas Vanek in the shootout. Hedberg started despite giving up seven goals in a 10-1 loss to the Sabres in Buffalo on Jan. 18.

Hedberg couldn't hold a 2-0 lead after the first period, as he gave up three goals in the second, but he delivered in the overtime and shootout.

"We need to thank Moose," said Thrashers rookie Tobias Enstrom, whose goal with 17 seconds left in regulation forced the overtime. "He did a great job in the shootout. We needed those points."

Mark Recchi, Bobby Holik and Jim Slater also scored in regulation for Atlanta. Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville, Daniel Paille and Dmitri Kalinin had the Sabres' goals.

Buffalo led 4-3 but couldn't overcome two penalties in the last minute of regulation.

Tobias Enstrom celebrates his game-tying goal with 17 second left in regulation. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

MacArthur was called for hooking with 56.4 seconds left, and Tony Lydman drew another penalty for delay of game with 19 seconds left.

With Hedberg pulled, the Thrashers had a three-man advantage that paid off quickly as Enstrom found the net with a long shot from beyond the right circle with 17 seconds left, forcing the overtime.

"I saw it at the last second," said Thibault of Enstrom's shot. "I didn't have enough time to stop it. I would have liked to get that extra save for the team."

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said "stupid penalties cost us the game."

"We made some mental mistakes that we couldn't afford," Ruff said.

Buffalo's Ryan Miller gave up two first-period goals but shut out the Thrashers in the second period. Miller stopped 18 shots through two periods but suffered a leg injury in the second period. He left with a 3-2 lead and was replaced by Thibault to start the third period.

Ruff said "I have no idea" if Miller would miss any games. He gave no details on the injury.

Thibault gave up a game-tying goal to Slater 2:25 into the third period, but Kalinin answered with a power-play wrist shot for the Sabres less than 3 minutes later for a 4-3 Buffalo lead.

The Sabres rallied from a 2-0 deficit with second-period goals by Hecht, Pominville and Paille.

Buffalo had another apparent goal by Paul Gaustad disallowed when he was called for goaltender interference. Ruff and Gaustad argued the goal was good.

Hedberg and the Thrashers played strong defense early in their first of at least two games without Ilya Kovalchuk, who hurt his right knee when hit by Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu Wednesday night.

The MRI on Kovalchuk's right knee was negative. He also will miss Atlanta's game at Washington on Saturday but could return Tuesday against Philadelphia.

The Thrashers had another injury scare when their other All-Star, Marian Hossa, was sent crashing hard into the boards behind the Buffalo net by Jaroslav Spacek early in the third period. Hossa left the game but returned later in the period.

Coach Don Waddell asked for balanced scoring, as well as strong defense, to compensate for the temporary loss of Kovalchuk. The Thrashers answered the call with first-period goals by Recchi and Holik.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:58
ATL
Mark Recchi (10) ASST: Todd White (21), Toby Enstrom (28)
1 - 0 ATL
08:19
ATL
Bobby Holik (10) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (14)
2 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
07:55
BUF
PPG - Jochen Hecht (17) ASST: Jaroslav Spacek (13), Brian Campbell (30)
2 - 1 ATL
09:16
BUF
Jason Pominville (13) ASST: Toni Lydman (14), Clarke MacArthur (6)
2 - 2 Tie
15:57
BUF
Daniel Paille (11) ASST: Derek Roy (22), Henrik Tallinder (7)
3 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
02:25
ATL
Jim Slater (2) ASST: Eric Boulton (4), Chris Thorburn (5)
3 - 3 Tie
05:11
BUF
PPG - Dmitri Kalinin (1) ASST: Derek Roy (23), Ales Kotalik (15)
4 - 3 BUF
19:42
ATL
PPG - Toby Enstrom (4) ASST: Marian Hossa (25), Bobby Holik (12)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDATLBUFTOTAL
1V. Kozlov
A. Kotalik
0 - 0
2M. Recchi
D. Roy
0 - 0
3M. Hossa
C. MacArthur
0 - 0
4E. Perrin
T. Vanek
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
02:15
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Hooking against  Thomas Vanek
04:56
BUF
Andrew Peters  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Boulton
04:56
ATL
Eric Boulton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andrew Peters
10:59
BUF
Jason Pominville  Interference against  Bobby Holik
12:04
ATL
Marian Hossa  Interference against  Derek Roy
2nd Period
07:51
ATL
Bobby Holik  Slashing against  Derek Roy
10:43
BUF
Adam Mair  Roughing against  Ken Klee
10:43
ATL
Ken Klee  Roughing against  Adam Mair
14:25
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ryan Miller
15:35
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Tripping against  Eric Perrin
3rd Period
03:31
ATL
Eric Perrin  Interference against  Henrik Tallinder
13:45
BUF
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Todd White
19:03
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
19:38
BUF
Toni Lydman  Delay of game
OT Period
02:44
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Hooking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
SA: 20TOI: 40:00
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Jocelyn Thibault
SA: 9TOI: 24:53
Saves: 7EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .778SH: 0 - 0
Johan Hedberg
SA: 33TOI: 64:15
Saves: 29EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0