NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Buffalo|
(Friday, March 6th)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, Phoenix 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Connolly registered two goals and two
assists, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at
Andrej Sekera, Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford also scored for the Sabres,
who won consecutive games for the first time since besting Toronto and
Montreal on February 4 and 6, respectively. Jaroslav Spacek collected two
helpers and Patrick Lalime made 29 saves to earn the win.
"We played well. We played with emotion," Lalime said. "Special teams were
unbelievable again. It was a great effort."
Matthew Lombardi notched a power-play goal for the Coyotes, who have lost four
of their last five games. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26-of-31 shots in defeat.
Buffalo took a 1-0 lead as Connolly, stationed at the left side of the cage,
redirected Spacek's shot from the point 7:07 into the contest. Moments later,
Connolly won a draw cleanly back to Sekera, whose drive from just inside the
blueline eluded the Phoenix netminder at 8:25.
"We came out okay," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan. "When they got their two
quick (goals), we were flat after that."
While on the power play, Connolly came out from behind the net and beat
Bryzgalov high on the glove side with 5:43 remaining in the middle stanza, six
seconds after Petr Prucha went to the box for hooking.
One of several newcomers acquired at the trade deadline, Lombardi finally
solved Lalime on the power play at the 6:52 mark of the third period. Connolly
also played a role in this tally, committing the restraining foul that gave
Phoenix the man advantage.
Pominville and Stafford scored power-play goals 37 seconds apart late in
regulation to cement the win.
Buffalo finished 3-for-6 on the power play, while the Desert Dogs were 1-
for-6...The Sabres are 19-12-2 at home this season...Phoenix fell to 11-19-3
as the guest.
03/07 00:30:05 ET