NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Anaheim
(Tuesday, January 19th)
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Buffalo 4
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Getzlaf and Evgeny Artyukhin both posted a goal and an assist to lead the streaking Anaheim Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the red-hot Buffalo Sabres, 5-4, at Honda Center.
Bobby Ryan, Mike Brown and Troy Bodie also scored for the Ducks, who have captured seven of their last eight games overall and have also been victorious in their last eight home contests. Jonas Hiller finished with 41 saves in the win.
Steve Montador, Tim Connolly, Clarke MacArthur and Johan Hecht scored for Buffalo, which lost in regulation for the first time in nearly a month. Since their loss to Washington on December 23, the Sabres were 8-0-3 prior to this setback.
Backup goaltender Patrick Lalime started in order to give Ryan Miller a rest, but was pulled less than 10 minutes into the game after he allowed four goals on 11 shots. Miller made 18 saves the rest of the way.
"I know my role and in the last few weeks, that is the way it's been," Lalime said. "I've been getting a game here and there. It's part of my job. I think there were a couple of bad breaks and they all seemed to find their way into the back of the net -- just a couple of mistakes that cost us goals."
The Ducks held a 4-3 lead in the latter stages of the third period and gained what proved to be a very important insurance goal with 4:07 remaining in regulation. Jason Pominville, in his own zone along the left half-wall, dealt a blind backhand pass that ended up on the stick of Bodie, who was all alone in the slot as he buried a wrister into the back of the cage.
"Bodie got a huge goal for us there late in the third period," Getzlaf said. "Those are things that we need to win hockey games. Tonight wasn't the prettiest effort throughout the whole game, but we were able to get that early lead and hold it."
Hecht's quick snap shot from near the left post surprised Hiller and lit the lamp with 53 seconds to play, but the Ducks used several clears to hold on for the win.
After Getzlaf opened the scoring only 50 seconds into the game, the Ducks led 2-0 when Artyukhin tallied just over a minute later. Artyukhin skated in on a clear breakaway and used a backhand deke move to push the puck over the goal line from near the right post at the 1:53 mark.
Less than four minutes later, the Ducks opened a three-goal advantage. Artyukhin was again at the heart of the action -- he carried the puck down the left-wing side and drew two Buffalo defenders near him. From along the goal line to the left of the net, Artyukhin passed into the crease area for a redirection tally by Brown from in close at 5:23.
Ryan's 22nd goal of the season -- a power-play tally midway through the first -- increased the Anaheim lead to 4-0. A shot from the left point appeared to hit a Buffalo stick on its way to the net, but the disc was also tipped by Ryan before it flew into the back of the net at 10:26. The play was reviewed to determine if Ryan's stick was too high at the time of the deflection, but the goal was upheld.
The second period, though, was all Buffalo. The Sabres scored twice within the opening minute of the stanza and quickly cut their deficit in half.
The Sabres reached the scoreboard only 23 seconds in on Connolly's 12th goal of the campaign. A pass from the right circle by Tyler Myers deflected off a skate and the puck sat loose in the crease. After several whacks at it, Connolly's stick was the last to touch it before Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer appeared to accidentally push the disc over the goal line.
Just 28 ticks later, the Sabres made it 4-2 on MacArthur's 12th tally. A pass from behind the net by Mike Grier found the stick of Paul Gaustad inside the lower left circle, but Gaustad partially fanned on the shot attempt. The puck caromed across the goal mouth to MacArthur for a tap-in tally from the right post.
Montador's backhander from the low slot 6:12 into the second brought the visitors within one.
Anaheim has won four straight against the Sabres overall...Buffalo was 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Ducks ended 1-for-3 with the extra skater...It was Bodie's second career goal.
01/20 03:35:54 ET