|THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT |
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Nashville rookie Blake Geoffrion scored three goals, including two 1:02 apart in the final three minutes of regulation, and Martin Erat completed the comeback 27 seconds into overtime as the Predators stormed to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
Ryan Suter set up the winning goal, sending a pass from the left circle to Erat, who scored into the open right side of the net.
The Predators are 7-2-2 in their past 11 games and have moved into a fifth-place tie with Los Angeles in the tight Western Conference. Only three points separated fifth and 10th places at the start of play Sunday. ...more.
With the clock ticking down on what looked like Buffalo’s second straight win of the weekend, Blake Geoffrion got the blade of his stick on a shot from the point by Cody Franson that skipped past Ryan Miller to tie the game at three with 1:23 remaining in the third period. Having just made it a 3-2 game less than a minute earlier, Geoffrion won a faceoff in the right circle and Sergei Kostitsyn knocked the puck back to Franson on the blue line. Franson quickly fired a wrist shot that Geoffrion was able to get a piece of, resulting in the game-tying goal.
Blake Geoffrion, playing in just his 11th career NHL game, scored all three of Nashville’s goals in regulation for his first ever hat trick. After opening the scoring in the first period, Geoffrion scored twice in the final 2:27 of the third period to tie the game and force overtime after it appeared that Buffalo would likely win its second game in as many days. His first goal bounced in off a Buffalo player after he attempted to make a cross-ice feed to J-P Dumont. His next goal came when he stole the puck from Andrej Sekera
behind the net and stuffed it just inside the post. Finally, he tied the game with 1:23 remaining when he tipped in Cody Franson’s point shot.
- Nathan Gerbe
scored Buffalo’s first goal of the game, giving him goals in back-to-back games and four points (3-1-4) in the last four games. Gerbe led the Sabres with six shots on goal.
We control our own destiny and that’s by winning games and making sure we keep leads and again we didn’t do that tonight. This point was a big point but we need two points. If we want to climb, we gotta get two points, especially when we have leads." - Forward Jason Pominville
- Mark Mancari picked up an assist on Gerbe’s goal, giving him four points (1-3-4) in the last two games.
- Tyler Ennis
’s power play goal at 19:00 of the second period was his 19th goal of the season. The rookie now has 10 points (6-4-10) in the last 10 games. Ryan Miller
picked up one of the assists on the goal for his second helper of the season.
- Miller finished with 22 saves on 26 shots.
- The Sabres registered 38 shots on goal against Nashville and have averaged nearly 38 shots per game over the last six outings.
- Tyler Myers
collected his fourth assist of the weekend on Connolly’s goal. Myers picked up three assists in Saturday’s win over Atlanta.
- Rookie netminder Anders Lindback got the start in goal for Nashville, the 22nd appearance of his career and first against Buffalo. He made 35 saves to earn the victory.
- The game featured the NHL’s two longest-tenured coaches with their respective teams in Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz.
- This weekend’s back-to-back games against Atlanta and Nashville marked the third of four sets of back-to-back home games this season for the Sabres, who will also play host to Florida this Friday and New Jersey the following night.
- Tonight’s crowd of 18,690 gave the Sabres their eighth consecutive sellout at HSBC Arena.
- Jochen Hecht
(upper body), Patrick Kaleta
(bone bruise in leg) and Patrick Lalime (knee) remained sidelined for Buffalo while Steve Montador was scratched.
- Right wing Matt Halischuk was the lone scratch for Nashville.
With their four-game homestand now over, the Sabres will hit the road for one game when they travel to Montreal on Tuesday. It will be the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Sabres and Habs. Buffalo has gone 2-3-0 against its divisional rival through the first five games, winning each of the last two games after dropping the first three. On Jan. 18, Jason Pominville scored the game-winner in overtime in a 2-1 home win over Montreal. The next time the teams met, Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped 7-of-10 shootout attempts as the Sabres won a 10-round shootout to give them a 3-2 victory at the Bell Centre on Feb. 15.