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Avs outlast Sabres 4-3 in 11-round shootout

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Avs outlast Sabres 4-3 in 11-round shootout
Colorado Avalanche 4, Buffalo Sabres 3

 

The Colorado Avalanche had to work a lot harder than they thought they would, but in the end, they left HBSC Arena with the two points they came for.

The Avs wasted 2-0 and 3-1 leads before Matt Hendricks' goal in the 11th round of a shootout gave them a 4-3 win over Buffalo on Saturday night, snapping the Sabres' six-game winning streak.

Colorado couldn't hold its 3-1 lead in the third period, as Thomas Vanek scored with 10:41 remaining and Jochen Hecht tied it with 4:12 left in regulation.

After a scoreless overtime and 10 rounds of a shootout that saw each team score three times, Hendricks made a nifty move to beat Patrick Lalime in the 11th round to give Colorado (25-15-6) just its second victory in the last five games. Hendricks faked a wrist shot in the slot before going to his backhand to slide the puck into the net. The move worked out better than it had earlier in the year when Hendricks ultimately fell into Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet after the fake.

"I had a little too much speed the last time," said Hendricks, who also had an assist on the first of Matt Duchene's two goals. "Tonight it worked, and we got the win. That's the most important thing."

Duchene also scored in the shootout, fellow rookie Brandon Yip, playing in just his 10th NHL game, tallied for the fifth time and added an assist, and Craig Anderson made 32 saves for the Avalanche, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Colorado
has yet to lose three straight this season.

"It says a lot about the character of our team," said Duchene, the third pick in last June's Entry Draft. "We never got down, and it was a good effort by us."

Anderson stopped Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder right before Hendricks' tally.

"They've got a great offensive team, a lot of firepower, and got momentum," Anderson said. "We did a good job of just sticking it out, and didn't panic."

Buffalo (28-11-5), looking for its longest winning streak since opening the 2006-07 season with an NHL-record 10 consecutive victories, also got a second-period goal by Drew Stafford, who also added an assist. Hecht sent the game into overtime when his wrist shot from the right point got past Anderson.

"We battled hard, and came out flying in the third," said Lalime, who gave Ryan Miller a night off after Miller's 48-save performance against Toronto on Friday night. "That's the way we should play all the time. We had a lot of great chances, but we just didn't close the deal."

Colorado played without captain Adam Foote, who returned to Denver after injuring his ankle during the second period in Friday's loss to Carolina. Coach Joe Sacco said Foote's injury was not as bad as originally thought, and is hoping the defenseman is back skating in a few days.

Duchene opened the scoring 7:35 into the game. He stole the puck from Tallinder in the right circle, fed Hendricks in the slot, then took a return pass before flipping the puck over Lalime. He got his second of the game and 13th of the season at 13:28, jamming home a loose puck in the crease.

Stafford made it 2-1 by scoring a power-play goal with 2:55 remaining in the second period, but Yip restored the two-goal lead 62 seconds later when his wrist shot from the right circle eluded Lalime.

Vanek scored midway through the third period to cut the deficit to 3-2.

"It's always a good point when you battle back," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "If you have energy in the third, you should have energy in the first. I wasn't happy with the first period, but we responded well for some of the things we did poorly early in the game."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

 

scoring summary
1st Period
07:35
COL
Matt Duchene (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Hendricks (3)
1 - 0 COL
13:28
COL
Matt Duchene (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Yip (3), Milan Hejduk (14)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
17:05
BUF
PPG - Drew Stafford (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (3), Tim Kennedy (11)
2 - 1 COL
18:07
COL
Brandon Yip (5) Snap shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (32), Ryan Wilson (9)
3 - 1 COL
3rd Period
09:19
BUF
Thomas Vanek (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (11), Derek Roy (23)
3 - 2 COL
15:48
BUF
Jochen Hecht (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Connolly (26)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFCOLTOTAL
1D. Stafford
M. Hejduk
0 - 1
2T. Connolly
W. Wolski
1 - 1
3J. Pominville
C. Stewart
1 - 1
4T. Vanek
M. Duchene
2 - 2
5D. Roy
P. Stastny
2 - 2
6T. Myers
B. Yip
2 - 2
7C. MacArthur
D. Tucker
2 - 2
8J. Hecht
R. O'Reilly
3 - 3
9A. Mair
J. Liles
3 - 3
10T. Kennedy
T. Galiardi
3 - 3
11H. Tallinder
M. Hendricks
3 - 4
penalty summary
1st Period
02:44
BUF
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
02:44
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Holding against  TJ Galiardi
02:44
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Montador
08:19
BUF
Adam Mair  Slashing against  Matt Duchene
15:26
COL
Craig Anderson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:16
COL
Kyle Quincey  Hi-sticking against  Tim Kennedy
2nd Period
11:18
COL
Matt Hendricks  Roughing against  Jason Pominville
12:07
BUF
Drew Stafford  Hooking against  Scott Hannan
12:35
BUF
Tyler Myers  Interference against  Wojtek Wolski
15:08
COL
John-Michael Liles  Tripping against  Tyler Myers
3rd Period
19:01
BUF
Steve Montador  Hi-sticking against  Paul Stastny
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 32EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
Patrick Lalime
SA: 30TOI: 64:47
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0