NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Buffalo
(Saturday, February 10th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Calgary 2 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik netted the lone goal of the shootout, as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Calgary Flames, 3-2, at HSBC Arena.
Thomas Vanek and Daniel Briere scored in regulation for the Sabres, who have five wins in their last six games. Ryan Miller, who did not allow a goal in the shootout, finished with 23 saves.
"We're in the part of the season where all the games are getting tighter and tighter," Briere said. "All we can control is how hard we work. Sometimes you're going to get the bounces, sometimes you're not. Overall if you work hard like we have, we're going to come up on top most nights."
Calgary's Kristin Huselius managed to extend his point streak to 15 consecutive games scoring a goal in the loss.
David Moss also tallied for the Flames, who have dropped three straight. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 32 saves in the loss.
After the first players from each club failed to score in the shootout, Kotalik raced in on net and switched from his forehand to backhand, lifting the puck over the glove of Kiprusoff. Miller then stoned Matthew Lombardi and Vanek's backhander sailed wide of the net.
Huselius then had one last chance to keep Calgary alive, but could not slip the puck past Miller as the Sabres picked up the extra point.
The Flames are now winless (six losses, one tie) in their last seven visits to Buffalo.
"We played solid," said Huselius. "Buffalo's a tough place to play. We had a good road game tonight. We need to find the confidence to win in the shootout. We'll take the point now and move forward."
After the game, Calgary announced a trade with Boston, acquiring defenseman Brad Stuart and forward Wayne Primeau from the Bruins in exchange for defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Chuck Kobasew.
After a scoreless opening period, Calgary grabbed a 1-0 lead after Huselius scored a power-play goal 3:45 into the second stanza. Dion Phaneuf slid the puck to Huselius in the slot and he ripped a slap shot past Miller for his 25th goal of the season.
With 3:06 remaining in the second period, Vanek tallied a goal for the Sabres to even the score at 1-1. Derek Roy centered a pass to Vanek in front and he waited for Kiprusoff to drop before lifting a backhander over the sprawled out netminder.
Moss put the Flames in front at 3-2 with a power-play goal 7:53 into the third frame. Roman Hamrlik fluttered a wrist shot from the left point that Moss re- directed past Miller for his sixth tally of the campaign.
With 3:32 remaining in the third period, Briere netted the equalizer for Buffalo to send the game into overtime.
The Sabres have now won five in a row at HSBC Arena and are 19-7-2 at home this season... The Flames have dropped six of their last seven as the visitor...Calgary went 2-for-5 on the power play while Buffalo did not score in three chances with the man advantage...Hamrlik had two helpers for the Flames...The Buffalo Sabres announced before the game that forward Paul Gaustad will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ankle injury earlier in the week...Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek left the game in the first period with a broken left hand.
02/10 23:55:47 ET