NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Atlanta
(Friday, October 29th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-winning goal on a dazzling end-to-end rush with 29 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, at Philips Arena.
Buffalo's Derek Roy had beaten Atlanta goaltender Chris Mason with 7.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Then, in the extra session, Byfuglien skated the length of the ice and stick- handled around Sabres defenseman Steve Montador before firing a wrister that eluded Ryan Miller on the glove side.
Nik Antropov, rookie Alexander Burmistrov and Niclas Bergfors each had a goal for Atlanta, which received 25 saves from Mason.
"Tough bounce at the end (of the third period). It was just a matter of us staying with our composure and finishing it up," Byfuglien said.
Tim Connolly and Jordan Leopold both tallied in the first period for the Sabres. Miller stopped 18 shots in defeat.
Bergfors' power-play marker gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead 50 seconds into the third period. The Sabres pulled even when Roy's sharp-angle shot ended up behind Mason while Miller watched from the bench.
Connolly put Buffalo on the board 4:51 into the contest, and Leopold hammered a Roy pass from behind the net to make it 2-0 at the 13:40 mark of the first period.
Antropov scored on a two-man advantage, taking a cross-ice pass from Byfuglien and snapping a shot from the bottom of the right circle, to halve Atlanta's deficit midway through the second period. Burmistrov, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, netted his first NHL goal to tie the game with 6:27 remaining in the middle stanza.
Thrashers center Bryan Little suffered facial lacerations in the first period and did not return...Buffalo left wing Thomas Vanek skated in his 400th career game...Atlanta has won eight of the last 11 meetings against Buffalo...Both teams are in action Saturday. The Thrashers travel to St. Louis to play the Blues, while the Sabres wrap up a four-game road trip in Dallas.
10/29 23:57:02 ET