NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Nashville |
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Buffalo 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Vladimir Orszagh notched his first career hat
trick to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres
at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Orszagh scored a goal in the first and two in the third. He also assisted on
Denis Arkhipov's second-period tally to record his first career four-point
game. Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 shots for the Predators, who won their fourth
Maxim Afinogenov scored the Sabres' only goal of the game. Martin Biron
stopped 28 shots for Buffalo, which lost for the first time in three games.
Orszagh opened the scoring with a breakaway goal just 1:48 into the contest.
He skated in and slid the puck between the pads of Biron to make it a 1-0
Buffalo was able to draw even when Afinogenov unleashed a rocket shot from the
left circle past Vokoun. Afinogenov's fourth goal of the season came at 2:36
of the middle period.
Arkhipov put the Predators ahead for good after some beautiful passing on the
power play. Orszagh, who possessed the puck and was stationed in front of the
net with his back to the goaltender, dropped a no-look pass to Arkhipov at the
right post. He easily slammed the puck into the vacated net for a 2-1 edge.
Orszagh then scored at 1:39 and 10:28 of the final period. The first came when
his breakaway attempt from a tight angle was denied. He then slammed home the
rebound as his momentum carried him behind the net.
The final goal of the contest came when he fought through a defender and
wristed a shot from the right circle inside the left post for the hat trick.
The game marked the return of defenseman Andy Delmore, who was traded to
Buffalo from Nashville in the offseason. Delmore, who led all NHL defenseman
with 18 goals last season, did not record a point in the game and has just one
assist this season.
Orszagh has just 42 career goals in 214 games...Vokoun has won eight of his
last nine starts...Nashville is off to its best start in franchise history
after 23 games with a 12-10-1 record...Nashville converted on 1-of-6 chances
with the man advantage, while Buffalo did not score on six power-play
11/29 23:05:18 ET