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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Chicago

(Wednesday, December 3rd)

Final Score: Buffalo 3, Chicago 2

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Dmitri Kalinin and Maxim Afinogenov scored in the third period and Buffalo held on for a 3-2 win over Chicago at the United Center.

Daniel Briere also scored for the Sabres and Mika Noronen stopped 22 shots for Buffalo, which won for the third time in four games.

Bryan Berard and Brett McLean both scored for the Blackhawks, who had their winless streak extended to 12 games (0-8-1-3). They played for the first time without forward Eric Daze, who underwent back surgery Wednesday.

Kalinin and Briere both finished with a goal and an assist for Buffalo, which snapped a 1-1 tie with two goals in the third.

Kalinin registered his fourth goal of the season 1:29 into the period. Ales Kotalik slid a pass to the crease, where Kalinin gathered the puck and scored on a wrister.

Afinogenov slammed home a rebound past Mike Leighton with 7:47 remaining in the game.

Leighton finished with 25 saves in goal for Chicago.

The Blackhawks pulled the goaltender and converted with less than two minutes to go to get within 3-2. McLean scored from the low slot near the right goalpost, but Chicago would get no closer.

Briere put the Sabres ahead 1-0 at 10:53 of the second period. Jean-Pierre Dumont fed a pass to the blue line, where Briere collected the puck, skated in and converted on a stuffer.

Berard forged a 1-1 tie 2:06 later for Chicago. Positioned near the right goalpost, Berard took a pass from Mikhail Yakubov and scored on a short wrist shot.

Game Notes

Curtis Brown played in his 500th career game for the Sabres, who posted their first win over Chicago since October 28, 2000...The Blackhawks fell to 3-4-1-2 on home ice...Chicago went 0-for-4 on the power play.

12/03 23:31:35 ET

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