NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Minnesota
(Thursday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Derek Roy's tally 44 seconds into overtime sent Buffalo past Minnesota, 4-3, at Xcel Energy Center.
Sabres forward Henrik Tallinder carried the puck behind the Minnesota net and dished a blind pass in front. From a scramble in the crease, Roy managed to poke a loose puck through traffic and slip the disc under Minnesota's fallen netminder Niklas Backstrom for the game-winner.
Roy, Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek each contributed a goal and one assist for the Sabres, who improved to 6-0-1 this season after overcoming a two-goal third-period deficit.
Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots to earn the win.
Benoit Pouliot, Stephane Veilleux and Brent Burns each scored for the Wild, who suffered their first defeat of the campaign in five contests.
Backstrom took the loss after allowing four goals on 24 shots.
The Wild went up 3-1 less than 30 seconds into the third period while skating with an extra man. After a dump-in, Miller misplayed an attempted clearing pass from the right side of his crease, and a forechecking Burns was there to deflect the puck backwards into the open net.
"I just took my eye off it for a second, to see where I could put it," said Miller. "I looked up and the puck wasn't where I thought it would be. So, that one's on me. I figure if I played long enough, I'd make the blooper reel."
Adam Mair's deflection of a bouncing puck with four minutes left in the contest drew the Sabres within one, then Vanek's dribbler between Backstrom's arm and body hit the net 46 seconds later to knot the game, 3-3.
"We don't know what happened. Everyone was running around a bit there," noted Wild forward Antti Miettinen. "It's happened to us a couple times before. I don't know whether we're backing off or getting bad breaks. They were able to score a couple goals on us at the end."
Stafford recorded the lone goal of the first period, at 14:43, then Pouliot netted the equalizer for Minnesota just before the midway point of the second period.
Veilleux put the Wild ahead with 5:10 to play in the second, when his wrister from the slot off a dish from Eric Belanger was deflected off the stick of a Sabres defender past Miller.
Minnesota had won four of the last six matchups dating back to the start of the 2002-03 season...Prior to the contest, the Wild activated forward Pierre- Marc Bouchard and defenseman Marek Zidlicky from injured reserve. Bouchard recorded an assist on Veilleux's goal...The Sabres head to Denver on Saturday to face the Avalanche while the Wild remain home to welcome Columbus on Saturday.
10/23 23:25:21 ET