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Sabres rally to beat Leafs 3-2 in shootout

Sunday, 11.07.2010 / 12:07 AM / Roundup

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Just when it looked like the Buffalo Sabres would go back across the Peace Bridge empty-handed, Jochen Hecht made sure they'd get a point. Rookies Tyler Ennis and Jhonas Enroth then secured the second one.

The slumping Sabres forced overtime when Hecht scored the tying goal with 13.1 seconds left in regulation, then earned a 3-2 shootout victory when Ennis beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere after Enroth -- playing in place of injured starter Ryan Miller -- stopped four of five Toronto shooters.

"Obviously, we were overdue," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after his team ended a five-game losing streak. "It's a pretty excited group to get the win."

Habs keep Sabres winless at home with 3-2 victory

Saturday, 11.06.2010 / 12:28 AM / Roundup

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Buffalo Sabres still can't find a way to win at home.

The Sabres fell to 0-6-1 at HSBC Arena when Benoit Pouliot's second goal of the game broke a tie and gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory on Friday night.

Jeff Halpern had a goal and a pair of assists and Carey Price stopped 29 shots as Montreal snapped a two-game slide and improved to 8-4-1 despite playing without top scorer Tomas Plekanec, who was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

Pouliot more than picked up the slack.

"I'm going to try and not talk to (Plekanec) for a while," Pouliot joked. "When your top line is missing one of the best forwards, other guys have to step up. Today we did, and maybe tomorrow someone else will."

Thomas shines again in Bruins' win over Sabres

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 1:16 AM / Roundup


If Tim Thomas continues playing like this, the Boston Bruins are in for quite a season.

Thomas made 33 saves in his seventh straight win, and Brad Marchand and Michael Ryder had a goal and assist each to lift the Bruins to a 5-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on Wednesday night.

Thomas (7-0-0), who entered with a 0.50 goals-against average after consecutive shutouts, had his shutout streak of 167 minutes, 12 seconds snapped when Drew Stafford's second-period goal made it 4-1.

Thomas said he is playing his best hockey since making his NHL debut in October 2002, but it is not the fastest start of his career. He registered five shutouts in the first 10 games for Jokerit of the Finnish league during the work stoppage in 2004-05.

Wednesday's news roundup: Latendresse on IR

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 6:56 PM / Roundup


Minnesota placed forward Guillaume Latendresse on the injured reserve list Wednesday with a lower-body injury and recalled left wing Matt Kassian from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

Latendresse has been hampered by a groin problem for much of the season, but has 3 goals and 6 points in eight games. He had 25 goals in 55 games with the Wild after being acquired from Montreal last season.

Kassian, a second-round pick by the Wild in the 2005 Entry Draft, has 1 assist and 28 penalty minutes with Houston this season. The 24-year-old led the Aeros with 149 PIM in 59 games last season while scoring 2 goals and finishing with 6 points.

Hall gets first goal, but Oilers lose in shootout

Friday, 10.29.2010 / 12:42 AM / Roundup

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Taylor Hall's first NHL goal helped the Edmonton Oilers get one point. Rick Nash and Nikita Filatov made sure the Columbus Blue Jackets got two.

Hall, the No. 1 pick in the Entry Draft last June, tied the game midway through the third period with the first goal of his pro career. But Nash and Filatov scored in the shootout to give the Jackets a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.

Hall evened the game at 2-2 when he deflected Theo Peckham's slapper behind Steve Mason midway through the third period, ending his goal drought after seven games.

"Definitely not the prettiest goal of my life, but I'll take it for sure," Hall said of his tying tip with 10:03 left in regulation. "It was a big goal for our team as well. I've been waiting a long time and I've been asked about it a million times. I put a lot of pressure on myself just because it's out there. I definitely wanted to score tonight and I had a feeling before the game that this was going to be the night."

Roundup: Tavares gets hat trick; Panthers get victory

Sunday, 10.24.2010 / 12:15 AM / Roundup


John Tavares recorded his first NHL hat trick on Saturday night, but Radek Dvorak made sure the celebration was short-lived.

Dvorak scored the game-winner with 6:32 left in the third period as the Florida Panthers edged the New York Islanders 4-3 at the BankAtlantic Center. The loss snapped the Isles' three-game winning streak and marked just their second regulation loss of the season (4-2-2).

"It doesn't mean a lot. We didn't get the two points," Tavares said of his performance. "We just have to keep moving forward and get a little sharper."

Mike Weaver, Steve Bernier and David Booth also scored goals for the Panthers, while Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves and improved to 5-0-1 in his last six starts against the Islanders.

Pavelski's pair leads Sharks past Avalanche

Friday, 10.22.2010 / 11:00 AM / Roundup


Joe Pavelski is on his way to becoming the most hated man in Denver.

The San Jose Sharks center, who scored 5 goals in six games against the Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs last spring, scored a pair of second-period power-play goals Thursday as the Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory against Colorado Avalanche.

The win was the Sharks' first since their season-opener in Stockholm.

"I don't know what it is," Pavelski said of his success against Colorado. "I just have to keep playing here, I guess. It's just one of those things. It must be the lighting. Who knows, but the team played good tonight. We knew there were going to be a few mistakes, but we worked hard and kept it simple."

Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau set up both of Pavelski's goals, and Scott Nichol and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks. Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 of 31 shots in goal.

Crosby's pair leads Pens to 5-1 win at Philly

Sunday, 10.17.2010 / 1:30 AM / Roundup

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

All Sidney Crosby needed to break out of an early-season slump was a visit to Philadelphia.

Crosby has been dynamite against the Flyers, especially at the Wells Fargo Center, and Saturday night was no different. He scored a pair of power-play goals 94 seconds apart in the third period to blow open a tight game and lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 victory.

Crosby now has 13 goals and 28 points in 17 regular-season games in Philadelphia. Overall against the Flyers, he has 26 goals and 59 points in 33 games.

So why does he play so well in Philadelphia? Even Sid isn't sure.

"There's a comfort level," he said of facing the Penguins' Atlantic Division rival. "We've played here a lot and know each other well. There aren't a lot of surprises. There's really no way to explain it."

Wednesday news roundup

Wednesday, 10.13.2010 / 7:46 PM / Roundup


Devils sign Mair -- New Jersey signed former Buffalo forward Adam Mair, who had been with the team in training camp. The 31-year-old will make his debut for the Devils against his own team in Buffalo on Wednesday night.

The Devils also assigned forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to Albany of the AHL after he cleared waivers. Leblond sat out Monday's loss to Pittsburgh after being suspended one game for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of Saturday's game at Washington.

Flyers raise banner, beat Avalanche

Monday, 10.11.2010 / 11:57 PM / Roundup


From start to finish, the Philadelphia Flyers gave their fans reasons to cheer on Monday night.

Jeff Carter scored his second goal of the game with 2:38 left in the third period to lift the Flyers to a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center. Carter snapped a 2-2 tie when his shot bounced through the legs of Avs goalie Craig Anderson.

Darroll Powe added an empty-net goal for some insurance on the night the Flyers raised their Eastern Conference championship banner.

Claude Giroux scored a shorthanded goal for the Flyers. Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had another solid game with 25 saves for the Flyers.
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