NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Edmonton
(Thursday, October 16th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Buffalo 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Raffi Torres and Ales Hemsky both notched a goal and an assist and Ty Conklin posted 31 saves, as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, at Skyreach Centre.
Ethan Moreau and Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers, who finally produced on offense after being shutout for two straight games.
Chris Drury scored his first goal in a Buffalo uniform after he came to the Sabres from Calgary in an offseason trade.
The first four goals of the game came in the second period.
Drury's power-play goal at 9:22 knotted the contest at one apiece. He passed the puck to J.P. Dumont on the left-wing side and continued skating to the crease. Dumont fired the puck toward the net and Drury was able to redirect it past Conklin. Daniel Briere also assisted on the play.
At 14:48, though, the Oilers regained the lead. Torres fed Hemsky in front of the net and Hemsky beat Biron with a laser over the shoulder. The play was made possible by the aggressive forechecking of Ryan Smyth, who beat Buffalo defenseman Jay McKee to the puck and allowed Torres to gain control.
Torres and Hemsky connected again, this time with 39 seconds remaining in the period. Hemsky dealt a nifty pass from behind the net, and Torres put it home from a sharp angle at the bottom of the left circle as Edmonton led, 3-1.
Biron, who stopped 29 shots for Buffalo, was pulled for an extra skater late in the third period. The Sabres pressed and had a few decent scoring chances, but Pisani's empty-netter from center ice with 1:22 to go in the game completed the scoring.
Ethan Moreau's first goal of the campaign, a shorthanded tally from Marty Reasoner at 3:30, opened the scoring for Edmonton.
The Oilers, who were 0-for-13 on the power play in their last two games, continued their woeful play with the extra skater, going scoreless on six chances in the contest...The Sabres are winless in their last eight games against the Oilers (0-6-2) and last defeated Edmonton back on March 27, 1998. Buffalo is also without a win in its last four (0-3-1) stops in Skyreach Centre...The Sabres went 1-for-8 on the power play.
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