NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Vancouver
(Thursday, January 19th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Buffalo 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Nolan Baumgartner's goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner and Alexander Auld stopped all but one of the 25 shots he faced, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, at GM Place.
Alexandre Burrows and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks, who won their third straight game.
Jason Pominville scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who saw their brief two- game winning streak halted and lost for the third time in their last five games overall.
Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 26 shots in the loss.
With the contest tied 1-1 in the third period, the Canucks gained a power play when Paul Gaustad went to the penalty box for tripping. Vancouver controlled the puck around the perimeter. Henrik Sedin then took a pass from his brother Daniel and ripped a one-timer from the slot that was deflected in by Baumgartner at 4:07.
Morrison added an insurance goal at the 12:53 mark of the final period and an empty-netter by Jarkko Ruutu in the final minute completed the scoring.
"It was a full 60 minutes," said Auld. "We knew coming in it was going to be a huge test for us. We just stuck to our game plan extremely well."
Buffalo is now winless in its last five trips to Vancouver.
Following a scoreless opening period, the teams traded goals -- both on special teams -- in the second for a 1-1 tie.
Vancouver struck first midway through the session while short-handed. With Daniel Sedin in the penalty box for tripping, the puck ended up on Burrows' stick near the right post. Miller made a nice pad save, but the puck remained to the right of the crease. Laying on his stomach, Burrows whacked at the puck repeatedly during a scramble in front before it finally crossed the goal line at 11:29.
"We played them pretty even for most of the game," said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. "But our execution was not very good."
Over four minutes later, the visitors tied it up on Pominville's ninth goal of the season. Skating on the power play, Pominville accepted a feed across the slot from the left circle and ripped home a one-timer with 4:04 to play in the second.
The Canucks improved to 17-3-3 at home this season and will host Montreal on Saturday...Vancouver is now 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings with the Sabres. Buffalo is just 0-3-1 (tie) in its last four trips to Vancouver and has not won here since February 28, 1999...The Canucks improved to 8-1-0 against the Eastern Conference this season...The visitors went 1-for-7 on the power play, while the hosts were 1-for-6 on the man advantage.
01/20 02:27:51 ET