NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Buffalo
(Wednesday, November 5th)
Final Score: Atlanta 7, Buffalo 4
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk and Randy Robitaille each had a goal and two assists and Patrik Stefan scored on a penalty shot in Atlanta's 7-4 victory over Buffalo at the HSBC Arena. Yannick Tremblay and Serge Aubin contributed a goal and an assist each for the Thrashers, who snapped a three- game winless streak (0-2-1).
Pasi Nurminen made 28 saves in the victory and Shawn McEachern had three assists.
Taylor Pyatt had three assists for the Sabres, who lost for just the second time in seven games (4-2-1). Martin Biron surrendered seven goals on 21 shots before being replaced by Mika Noronen.
The Thrashers erased a 3-1 deficit with three goals in the span of 3:23 near the end of the second period. J.P. Vigier stuffed the puck under Biron from the right side of the net off a feed from Aubin to get Atlanta within a goal at 15:32 of the frame.
Ivan Majesky carried the puck into the Sabres' zone and fired a wrist shot from the high slot that went through the legs of Biron to tie the contest at 3-3 at 18:31. Just 24 seconds later, Robitaille accepted a pass from McEachern and beat Biron high to the stick side from low in the left circle to give Atlanta a 4-3 lead.
Tremblay scored to give Atlanta a 5-3 lead at 5:41 of the third period on the power play and Stefan was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down from behind Rory Fitzpatrick with the Sabres on a power play.
Stefan stole the puck at the Thrashers' blue line and headed up ice ahead of the pack. Fitzpatrick hooked Stefan to prevent a shot, but a penalty shot was called and Stefan calmly wristed a shot between the legs of Biron to give Atlanta a 6-3 lead at 10:50 of the final stanza.
Aubin scored just over two minutes later to increase the Thrashers to 7-3.
Daniel Briere walked in alone on Nurminen and scored to finish the scoring at 14:31.
Kovalchuk's league-leading 12th goal of the season gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead at 7:34 of the opening period, but Buffalo scored the next three goals to take the lead.
Maxim Afinogenov and J.P. Dumont scored to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of action and Curtis Brown increased the Sabres' lead to 3-1 at 4:21 of the middle stanza with a power play tally.
Atlanta forward Simon Gamache picked up his first career point with an assist on Majesky's goal...The Thrashers were without center Marc Savard, who underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair torn ligaments in his left ankle. He is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks...The Thrashers finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Buffalo scored once on three opportunities with the extra skater.
11/05 23:27:20 ET