NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Buffalo
(Thursday, October 11th)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Atlanta 0
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Brian Campbell and Tim Connolly had a goal and two assists each to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-0, at HSBC Arena.
Derek Roy and Ales Kotalik each added a goal and a helper for Buffalo, which posted its first win of the young campaign. Ryan Miller, meanwhile, stopped each of the 20 shots he faced to post his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career.
"We wanted to go out and put on a good performance and improve on our previous two games," Connolly said. "We got it going in the right direction, but there's still room for us to improve."
Opposing goaltender Kari Lehtonen yielded five goals on 20 shots before being pulled for the Thrashers, who have yet to pick up a win this season.
The Sabres struck for three power-play goals in the first period to gain command.
The first came three minutes into the contest, with Kotalik receiving a pass from Connolly at the left side of the net and punching it into the cage.
"It's nice to score on any shift during the season. It was a good setup by Tim Connolly and it was an easy shot for me," Kotalik said.
Connolly did the heavy lifting himself just over eight minutes later with a slapshot from the top of the circle that navigated through traffic in front and in. Campbell added a one-timer from the point for a 3-0 advantage 66 seconds later.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second, as the Sabres scored two more goals to turn it into a rout.
Jason Pominville and Roy broke out on a 2-on-1 with under eight minutes to play in the stanza, and Pominville polished off a give-and-go with a one-timer that beat Lehtonen glove side.
Roy made it 5-0 with a rebound putback with just three ticks on the clock.
Daniel Paille capped the scoring with a marker coming 27 seconds before the final buzzer.
Atlanta was again without Marian Hossa because of a groin injury...Buffalo posted the league's best record in 2006-07 for the first time in franchise history...This was the opening contest of a four-game homestand for Buffalo. The Sabres will also welcome Washington, Toronto and Columbus during their residency...The Thrashers are off to their worst start since dropping nine straight to begin the 2002-03 season.
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