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.
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
"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.
"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."
"They've got a great offensive team, a lot of firepower, and got momentum,"
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
"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
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.
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
|Matt Duchene (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Hendricks (3)|
1 - 0 COL
|Matt Duchene (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Yip (3), Milan Hejduk (14)|
2 - 0 COL
|PPG - Drew Stafford (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (3), Tim Kennedy (11)|
2 - 1 COL
|Brandon Yip (5) Snap shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (32), Ryan Wilson (9)|
3 - 1 COL
|Thomas Vanek (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (11), Derek Roy (23)|
3 - 2 COL
|Jochen Hecht (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Connolly (26)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||D. Stafford||M. Hejduk||0 - 1|
|2||T. Connolly||W. Wolski||1 - 1|
|3||J. Pominville||C. Stewart||1 - 1|
|4||T. Vanek||M. Duchene||2 - 2|
|5||D. Roy||P. Stastny||2 - 2|
|6||T. Myers||B. Yip||2 - 2|
|7||C. MacArthur||D. Tucker||2 - 2|
|8||J. Hecht||R. O'Reilly||3 - 3|
|9||A. Mair||J. Liles||3 - 3|
|10||T. Kennedy||T. Galiardi||3 - 3|
|11||H. Tallinder||M. Hendricks||3 - 4|
|Steve Montador Fighting (maj) against Cody McLeod|
|Clarke MacArthur Holding against TJ Galiardi|
|Cody McLeod Fighting (maj) against Steve Montador|
|Adam Mair Slashing against Matt Duchene|
|Craig Anderson Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Kyle Quincey Hi-sticking against Tim Kennedy|
|Matt Hendricks Roughing against Jason Pominville|
|Drew Stafford Hooking against Scott Hannan|
|Tyler Myers Interference against Wojtek Wolski|
|John-Michael Liles Tripping against Tyler Myers|
|Steve Montador Hi-sticking against Paul Stastny|