NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Buffalo
(Friday, February 13th)
Final Score: Buffalo 8, Los Angeles 3
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Maxim Afinogenov scored twice and Ales Kotalik delivered a career-high three points to lead Buffalo to an 8-3 win over Los Angeles at HSBC Arena.
Daniel Briere and Kotalik each finished with a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who scored the final seven goals to earn their second straight win. Martin Biron made 21 saves to post his sixth win in seven starts.
Jozef Stumpel and Scott Barney both registered a goal and an assist for the Kings, who suffered their second straight loss. Ian Laperriere also scored, while Roman Cechmanek took the loss in net as he stopped just 17-of-22 shots before giving way to Cristobal Huet.
Henrik Tallinder, Chris Drury, Rory Fitzpatrick, Jochen Hecht also scored for the Sabres. After managing just one shot in the initial 12;10 of the second period, they responded with three straight goals down the stretch in the second period to lead 4-3.
Tallinder delivered his fourth goal of the season with 4:01 to go in the second. He converted on a slap shot from the left circle through traffic.
"You could feel [the game] turning around," Tallinder said.
They forged a 3-3 tie on a tally by Drury with 2:19 to play. He scored on a slap shot from the right point into an open net. Fitzpatrick posted the go- ahead score 1:09 later from the bottom of the right circle.
Briere put Buffalo ahead 5-3 just 34 seconds into the third period. On the power play, he tipped in a shot by Cechmanek, who was then replaced by Huet.
Hecht registered his seventh tally of the season on a breakaway. His backhand shot got past Huet, who finished with 11 saves, at 8:37 of the third.
Afinogenov scored the next two goals for the Sabres. He beat Huet twice in 1:26 to cap the scoring.
Stumpel's slap shot near the left faceoff circle at 1:34 of the first period put the Kings ahead 1-0.
Buffalo forced a 1-1 tie on Kotalik's 13th goal of the season with 4:49 remaining in the first on a shot from the left point.
Los Angeles scored twice in the second period to go ahead 3-1.
Early in the second, Barney beat Biron with a backhand shot on the power play. Alexander Frolov set up the goal at 4:02 on a pass from the left boards.
Laperriere then converted a rebound from the slot 8:02 later.
"We stopped playing," Laperriere said.
Alexei Zhitnik and Miroslav Satan both had two assists for the Sabres, who improved to 9-2-0-1 on Fridays...The Kings, who suffered their first regulation loss on the road in seven games (4-1-1-1)...Los Angeles fell to 1-7-1 in their last nine games in Buffalo.
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