NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Buffalo|
(Friday, November 19th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Los Angeles 2
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Connolly scored the go-ahead goal early
in the third period, and the Buffalo Sabres continued their domination of the
Los Angeles Kings in western New York with a 4-2 victory.
Thomas Vanek, Jochen Hecht and Patrick Kaleta also tallied for the Sabres, who
have won three consecutive home games after beginning the season 0-6-1 at the
Jason Pominville collected two assists in the win, and Ryan Miller made 34
Dustin Brown and Wayne Simmonds lit the lamp for the Kings, who have notched
only one win in their last 12 trips to Buffalo. Rookie Jonathan Bernier, the
11th-overall pick in the 2006 draft, allowed four goals on 26 shots to take
"We have to get better at shutting teams down when we do have the lead," said
Kings forward Anze Kopitar.
Los Angeles has dropped three straight games for the first time this season.
While the Sabres were on a power play, Pominville let go a shot from atop the
right circle that deflected off a body in front and was slowed down by
Bernier. Connolly crashed the crease and nudged the puck across the goal line
to put Buffalo up 3-2 at 2:10 of the third period.
Hecht ripped a one-timer past Bernier to make it 4-2 with 4:39 remaining.
"That's the best third period we've played (at home)," said Buffalo head coach
Lindy Ruff. "I didn't like the way we started. We weren't clicking, we weren't
Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead, pushing the puck along the right-wing boards
and snapping a wrister from the faceoff circle that sailed between the arm and
torso of Miller at the 4:57 mark of the first period.
Buffalo tied the game 37 seconds into the middle stanza. Sabres defenseman
Andrej Sekera drifted in from the left circle and fired a low shot that went
in off Kaleta.
Simmonds scored on a shot from between the circles to give the Kings a 2-1
lead at 8:25 of the second period. The Sabres responded a little less than
seven minutes later on the power play, as Vanek tipped in Derek Roy's slap
shot from the point.
Buffalo improved to 5-3-1 in November after going 3-7-2 during the season's
first month...Los Angeles forward Justin Williams had a career-high 11-game
point streak come to an end...The Kings suffered their first loss in six games
against an Eastern Conference team this season.
11/20 01:27:18 ET