NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Atlanta |
(Tuesday, January 31st)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik tallied a goal and added an assist
as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 5-2, at Philips Arena.
Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres while Jason Pominville netted his
second shorthanded-goal of the season, as Buffalo has won three straight
Ryan Miller was solid in goal, making 35 saves in the victory.
Marian Hossa and Ronald Petrovicky tallied goals for the Thrashers, who have
now lost six in a row.
Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on 35 shots in defeat.
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead just 5:01 into the opening frame with Kotalik
scoring his 20th goal of the season.
At 11:52 of the first period, Hossa found a loose puck in the slot and sent
the disc past Miller on his stick side for the 1-1 tie.
Petrovicky gave the Thrashers a 2-1 edge with 20 seconds left in the opening
period with his seventh goal of the season.
"We were a little careless in our own zone, giving them some good chances in
the first (period)," said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. "We really bounced
back in the last forty minutes."
The Sabres would score the next four goals en route to victory.
Just 4:01 into the second stanza, Vanek tied the game up at 2-2. Chris Drury
carried the puck into the Atlanta zone and dished the disc off to Vanek,
who blasted the puck past Lehtonen from the top of the left circle.
Down a man, Buffalo grabbed a 3-2 advantage at 9:08 of the second after
Pominville tapped a loose puck in the crease over Lehtonen's glove. Atlanta's
Ilya Kovalchuk fumbled a puck in front of Lehtonen and Pominville was right
there to capitalize off the turnover.
With 8:59 to play in the game, the Sabres took a two-goal lead on Paul
Gaustad's seventh-goal of the season. Kotalik sent a shot on goal from the
left boards that Lehtonen stopped, but Gaustad chipped in the rebound for a
J.P. Dumont capped the scoring with a breakaway goal with 2:40 left in the
"There's never an easy loss, but I thought we started the game like we wanted
to start," said Atlanta head coach Bob Hartley. "Unfortunately a couple of
plays cost us the game. Buffalo is very confident right now and they take
advantage of basically every one of their chances."
Buffalo has now won four straight over the Thrashers, including two games this
season...The Sabres improved to 17-8-1 on the road this year...Buffalo
defenseman Teppo Numminen picked up his 27th assist of the year...Atlanta
dropped to 13-11-4 at home this season...Prior to the game, the Thrashers
claimed forward Rico Fata off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
01/31 23:05:53 ET