NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Buffalo
(Saturday, March 14th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Todd White tied the game with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and Brett Sterling notched the lone goal of the shootout as Atlanta edged Buffalo, 4-3, at HSBC Arena.
After Kari Lehtonen stopped Thomas Vanek's chance to begin the fourth round, Sterling skated in, made several stick fakes and waited until Patrick Lalime dove before lifting a shot under the crossbar for the game-winner.
Slava Kozlov and Marty Reasoner scored for the Thrashers, who recorded their fifth consecutive victory despite missing star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, sidelined with an upper-body injury of unknown origin.
Lehtonen stopped 34 shots to earn the win.
Daniel Paille, Derek Roy and Maxim Afinogenov tallied for the Sabres, who dropped their third game in four tries.
Lalime made 29 saves but suffered his third loss in four starts.
Kozlov put the Thrashers on the board with the lone tally of the first period, a power-play score off a Zach Bogosian point shot with 26 seconds left.
Paille evened the score with 6:41 remaining in the second period, shoveling home a pass from Derek Roy, then Roy managed to slip a floating point shot through a screen for a 2-1 Buffalo lead with 3:29 to play.
Afinogenov put the Sabres ahead by two at 18:24, accepting a pass from Vanek and beating a sprawled and helpless Lehtonen.
"It's tough for us," said Paille. "We had them by two and we let we let it slip away."
Reasoner brought Atlanta back within 3-2 on a short-handed goal with 6:34 left in regulation, then, with an extra attacker, White snuck behind Lalime to tap in a loose puck to tie the game with 3.5 seconds left.
"I tried to stay away from everybody else," said White. "Maybe the puck would hop out and have an open net, that type of thing. It was lying there and I went for it."
Atlanta has won five of the last six meetings, including all three this season...The clubs meet one final time, in Atlanta, on April 1...The Thrashers finished 1-for-6 on the power play and the Sabres came up empty on three chances.
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