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Posted On Friday, 11.11.2011 / 1:26 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Stars will have Morrow when they face Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Dallas Stars received some good news on Friday morning, hours before they face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center.

First-line left wing Brenden Morrow is a go for the game after being questionable with an elbow injury. The Stars even put Steve Ott on IR on Thursday to open up a spot in case Morrow couldn't answer the bell.

But that proved not to be the case as Morrow took part in the morning skate, which dealt mainly with special-teams play.

"Brenden's a go," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We knew Brenden was going to be a go. He fell on his elbow and had some stitches there, but you know that is not going to hold Brenden back."

The Stars are making one lineup change, however.

Krystofer Barch will be re-inserted into the lineup, playing a fourth-line wing role.

"Barchy will go for us tonight," Gulutzan said. "He's played with lots of energy and been real physical for us. He's gonna come in, and (Jake) Dowell and (Adam) Pardy will be out, but you will see both those guys most likely in tomorrow."

The Stars finish a taxing road trip with a Saturday night game against the Red Wings in Detroit.

STARS

Loui Eriksson - Jamie Benn - Michael Ryder
Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Adam Burish
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Krystofer Barch - Tom Wandell - Toby Petersen

Stephane Robidas - Sheldon Souray
Alex Goligoski - Mark Fistric
Trevor Daley - Nicklas Grossman

Kari Lehtonen
Andrew Raycroft

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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 5:06 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Sabres beat Kings, 4-2

Fatigue proved not to be an issue for the Buffalo Sabres in Saturday's Compuware NHL Premiere game against the Los Angeles Kings at O2 World Arena in Berlin.

Despite arriving in Berlin at 4 a.m. after a Friday night victory in Helsinki, Finland against the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo came out flying and scored the game's first three goals en route to a 4-2 victory against the Kings, who had arrived two hours earlier after a Friday night win against the New York Rangers in Stockholm, Sweden.

Before the game, German native Christian Ehrhoff said he was hoping that adrenaline would overcome any hardships the team might have endured as he enjoyed a rare chance to play as a NHLer before a German crowd, which crammed the arena to capacity.

Rookie Luke Adam certainly showed no signs of being tired as he scored the game's first two goals. Linemate Thomas Vanek, from nearby Austria, assisted on both goals after putting up a three-point night in Helsinki in Friday's 4-1 victory.

Adam, one of the last players to make the Buffalo roster, scored his first goal just 2:40 into the period, snapping home a one-timer after a pass from Jason Pominville. It was Vanek's work along the end boards, though, that made the play possible.

Adam's second goal came just 2:20 later, on his next shift, when he swept home the rebound of a Vanek shot.

Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford scored Buffalo's other goals as backup Jonathan Bernier was shelled for 4 goals in the final two periods after a strong first. Bernier, who had 22 saves, earned the start after No. 1 Jonathan Quick earned the win in Friday night's 3-2 win against the Rangers.

The Sabres also have another German on their roster, Jochen Hecht, but he missed the game with concussion-related symptoms. In fact, Hecht has not played at all on this trip, including an exhibition game on Tuesday against Adler Mannheim, his hometown club.

In a somewhat shocking move, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff opted to go back to Ryan Miller in net, just 15 hours after landing in Berlin.

Miller replayed that confidence by being sharp early, stopping 22 of 23 shots in the first two periods. In fact, the only goals he allowed were a power-play tally by Anze Kopitar with 39 seconds remaining in the second period and a late goal by the Sloivenian star, who has 3 goals in the two European games. He finished with 31 saves.

With Drew Stafford in the box for tripping, the Kings moved the puck efficiently around the perimeter -- especially after Paul lost his stick -- until Kopitar got the puck in the high slot and ripped it home over the shoulder of a screened Miller.

Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson, who scored the overtime game-winner Friday night against the Rangers, earned the assists on the goal, which was Kopitar's second in as many games.

It is also the second game in a row that the Kings have scored on the power play, which was a point of emphasis this preseason. Johnson's game-winner Friday came on a 4-on-3 man advantage.

Stafford restored the three-goal lead less than four minutes into the third.

With Kevin Westgarth in the box for an offensive-zone cross-checking penalty, Stafford pounced on a rebound and swept it past Jonathan Bernier for his first goal of the season.

Nathan Gerbe and Derek Roy earned assists on the goal. For Gerbe, it was his second point of the night.
The goal was the first power-play tally Los Angeles has allowed in these first two games.
 

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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 4:14 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Stafford's power-play goal puts Sabres up three

Drew Stafford has restored the three-goal lead less than four minutes into the third.

With Kevin Westgarth in the box for an offensive-zone cross-checking penalty, Stafford pounced on a rebound and swept it past Jonathan Bernier for his first goal of the season.

Nathan Gerbe and Derek Roy earned assists on the goal. For Gerbe, it was his second point of the night.

The goal was the first power-play tally Los Angeles has allowed in these first two games.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 3:48 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Sabres lead 3-1 after two periods

If the Los Angeles Kings want to record a second-straight come-from-behind win, they have some serious work to do in the third period, trailing 3-1.

The Kings, though, carry momentum into the final 20 minutes here as Anze Kopitar got a power-play goal in the last minute of the period. With Drew Stafford in the box for tripping, the Kings moved the puck efficiently around the perimeter -- especially after Paul Gaustad lost his stick -- until Kopitar got the puck in the high slot and ripped it home over the shoulder of a screened Ryan Miller.

Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson, who scored the overtime game-winner Friday night against the Rangers, earned the assists on the goal, which was Kopitar's second in as many games.

It was also the second game in a row that the Kings have scored on the power play, which was a point of emphasis this preseason. Johnson's game-winner Friday came on a 4-on-3 man advantage.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 3:38 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Gaustad gives Sabres 3-0 lead

Buffalo is showing no signs of fatigue as they hold a 3-0 lead with 6:00 minutes left in the second period.

Paul Gaustad is the latest Sabre to score, planting himself in front of the Kings crease and deftly tipping a Nathan grebe shot past Jonathan Bernier. Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragani earned the secondary assist on the goal.

The sold-out crowd is in full voice now as they have adopted the Sabres as the "home" team because of the presence of German defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and Austrian forward Thomas Vanek in the lineup.

Vanek has assists on the first two goals -- both by Luke Adam -- and Ehrhoff has returned from an injury scare at the end of the first period.

After taking a 4-1 win against Anaheim in Helsinki, Finland on Friday night, the Sabres did not arrive in Berlin until after 4 a.m. because of some travel-related issues.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 3:18 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Adam's pair puts Buffalo up, 2-0

Buffalo strikes first here in Berlin as Luke Adam breaks the scoreless tie on a one-timer. Adam, who was one of the last players to make this team, scored at 3:40 of the second period. He scored again, unassisted, at the five-minute mark when he banged home a rebound before the Kings' defense could answer.

On the first goal, Austrian Thomas Vanek drew the secondary assist on the goal with a workmanlike effort deep in the attacking zone. In fact, he had drawn a delayed penalty on defenseman Matt Greene when he kicked the puck free and onto the stick of newly-minted captain Jason Pominville, who fed it to Adam for a one-timer that squeezed through the legs of Jonathan Bernier.

The first goal came on Buffalo's 10th shot of the game. In four periods in Europe, Vanek now has 5 points -- 2 goals and 3 assists.
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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 2:53 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Sabres, Kings scoreless after one

After one period, the score between the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres remains 0-0.

Buffalo received the first power play of the game, but it came at a heavy price as Jarret Stoll of the Kings earned a two-minute roughing penalty after crashing hard into Christian Ehrhoff along the wall in the Buffalo defensive zone.

It took Ehrhoff more than a minute to get up and he headed directly to the Buffalo dressing room.

Ehrhoff, a German, has drawn the loudest cheers throughout Saturday's first period. 

To make Matters worse, Buffalo could not capitalize on the power play, managing just a pair of shots.
Soon after its expiration, Justin Williams had two of the best chances in the first period, forcing Ryan Miller to make pad saves on his initial shot and a rebound.

Then, in the last minute of the first period, Thomas Vanek took an interference penalty, much to the ire of the crowd, which also strongly supported the Austrian forward. The Kings' power-play advantage will carry into the second period.

After one period, Los Angeles holds a 12-9 advantage in shots.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 2:31 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Scoreless midway through first, with goalies strong

Each goalie had to be strong in the game's first 10 minutes.

Jonathan Bernier was the first to show his stuff, robbing Nathan Gerbe on a breakaway. Bernier earned the start after Jonathan Quick played on Friday.

Then, it was Ryan Miller's turn. First, he denied Anze Kopitar's snap shot from the high slot. A few minutes later, he got his leg pad against the post to stop a wrap-around stuff attempt by Kevin Westgarth, who has drawn into the lineup in place of Trent Hunter.

The Sabres have the same exact lineup they used in Friday's 4-1 win against Anaheim.

With 11:01 left in first period, it is 0-0.
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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 2:16 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Sabres-Kings live blog

Kings get the road treatment for second night in a row

For the second-straight night, the Los Angeles Kings are clearly the enemy -- at least in the mind of the home fans.

Saturday night, in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere game against the Buffalo Sabres at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, the Sabres are the clear favorites, likely because of the two Germans -- Christian Ehrhoff and Jochen Hecht -- on the roster, as well as Austrian Tomas Vanek. Ehrhoff and Vanek were in the starting lineiup, while Hecht missed the game with an upper-body injury.

Before the game even started, the fans at the sold-out arena were already chanting "Let's Go Buffalo"

Friday night, the Kings played the New York Rangers in Stockholm and had to face national team hero Henrik Lundqvist in the net for the rangers.

In this game, the Kings face Ryan Miller, who played last night in Helsinki. For Los Angeles, Jonathan Bernier gets his first start of the season.
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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 1:34 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Despite late arrival, Miller earns back-to-back starts

Lindy Ruff can't deny that the travel delays after Friday night's win against Anaheim in Helsinki didn't hurt his team, but he's not going to make any excuses heading into Saturday's game against Los Angeles in Berlin.

The Sabres arrived after 4 a.m. Saturday after problems with their airplane. But the Kings also got in late, Ruff noted. Los Angeles arrived at its hotel around 2:30 a.m. after beating the New York Rangers in Stockholm.

The Sabres scuttled their original plans because of the delay.

"In an ideal world, we would have probably have come down here this morning, but we have had travel delays in the past where you change," Ruff said Saturday before the game. "I think LA had a fairly late night too, so I think it's fairly even for both teams.

Plus, Ruff did not have to back off on his choice to start No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller in back-to-back games. Miller allowed just one goal in the 4-1 victory against the Ducks.

"We gave it some thought, but because it has been pretty light (on games) and he didn't play in the Manheim game (on Tuesday), I think we felt that with no practices this morning and we even delayed our meeting by an hour, that we could come back with Ryan," Ruff said.

There should be no other lineup changes.
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