NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Buffalo|
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Buffalo 2
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Radim Vrbata netted a pair of goals, helping
the Phoenix Coyotes top the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, on Saturday night.
Shane Doan and Paul Bissonnette scored the other goals and Mike Smith made 43
saves for the Coyotes, who bounced back after dropping a 2-1 decision in
Philadelphia on Thursday.
Luke Adam and Patrick Kaleta scored, while Jordan Leopold added two assists
and Jhonas Enroth made 25 saves in defeat for the Sabres.
Phoenix opened the scoring at 7:09 of the first period when Doan took a pass
from Keith Yandle just inside the blue line on the right wing, moved to the
top of the right circle and slapped one through the legs of Enroth.
"We didn't play exactly the way we wanted, but we found a way to win and found
ways to score goals," Doan said. "We got to the net on a couple of rebounds
and that really was the difference."
But Buffalo knotted it at 1-1 at 11:57 when Leopold fired one from the
left point that was tipped past Smith by Adam on a screen.
The Sabres took the lead just 51 seconds into the second period when Leopold
fired a shot from the point that was stopped by Smith, but Kaleta was
there to pounce on a loose rebound to give his team a 2-1 edge.
Phoenix responded with two quick goals, just 66 seconds apart, to take a 3-2
The tying goal came when Vrbata picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and
raced into the Buffalo zone on the left wing. He drifted in slowly and snapped
one past Enroth at 8:35.
Kyle Chipchura fired a shot from the right circle that was blocked, but the
puck trickled to Bissonnette at the side of the net and he snuck it past
Enroth for a 3-2 lead.
Vrbata added an empty-netter with 71 seconds remaining of the third period to
seal the win for the Coyotes.
"We missed too many opportunities," Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said.
The Sabres had their five-game winning streak against the Coyotes
snapped...Buffalo leads the all-time series, 39-21-8...The Sabres were 0-for-1
with the man advantage, while Phoenix failed to convert on two power play
opportunities...The Sabres will host the defending champion Bruins on
Wednesday, while Phoenix will play at the Washington Capitals on Monday.
11/19 23:34:03 ET