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Sabres score four times in second period en route to 7-1 win over Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ales Kotalik, Tim Connolly, Michael Ryan and Paul Gaustad scored in the second period and the Buffalo Sabres added to San Jose's home woes with a 7-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.

Gaustad scored twice and Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek also added goals for Buffalo, which enjoyed its best offensive showing on the road this season, two nights after losing 8-2 in Los Angeles.

The Sabres haven't been a particularly good road team, winning for the third time in 12 contests away from Buffalo. But the Sharks, who have the best road mark in the league, are among the worst at home. Their four wins at the Shark Tank matches the Washington Capitals for the fewest in the league.

The seven goals allowed were a season high for San Jose.

Sandis Ozolinsh scored for the Sharks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, in the first meeting between the two teams in San Jose in nearly five years.

Ozolinsh's shot, with just under six minutes remaining in the first period, skipped off Ryan Miller's stick and into the net to give San Jose a 1-0 lead. Miller stopped 21 of 22 shots overall.

Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo left the game in the first period because of a groin injury and did not return.

Evgeni Nabokov, who has started 35 successive games for the Sharks, wasn't sharp but was also the victim of some misfortune. He stopped 21 of 25 shots before Dimitri Patzold replaced him at the beginning of the third period.

Roy picked up the puck along the board early in the second period, drawing Nabokov out of the net as he skated in and made the pass to Kotalik, who tied the game at 1.

Three minutes later Ozolinsh was taking the puck from behind the net, tripped on Devin Setoguchi's skates and fell to the ice. Connolly swooped in and scored easily to put the Sabres up 2-1.

Adam Mair won the puck behind the Sharks net and found Ryan open at the top of the crease for a 3-1 Buffalo lead.

Campbell's shot from the point was redirected past Nabokov by Gaustad for the 4-1 advantage.

Roy scored against Patzold with just over seven minutes to play and Gaustad followed with a goal three minutes later.

Notes: The Sabres are the only team that has not been involved in a shootout. ... The Sharks' Mike Grier played in his 800th NHL game and Joe Thornton played in his 700th. ... Buffalo won 12 of the 16 faceoffs in the first period. ... The Sharks had not allowed a second-period goal in eight of their last 11 games. ... The Sabres and Sharks last met in San Jose on Jan. 16, 2003, a 2-2 tie.

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