NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 16th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (22-29-6-2) at Buffalo Sabres (26-26-5-1), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres continue their push for a playoff berth today when they open a three-game homestand against the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Sabres picked up a 6-4 win in Toronto on Saturday, as J.P. Dumont scored a goal and added three assists. Buffalo goalie Mika Noronen also picked up a fluke goal late in the game.
Chris Drury, Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik and Curtis Brown added goals for the Sabres, who charged back from a 3-0 deficit for the win one night after rallying to beat the Los Angeles Kings, 8-3.
Noronen, who replaced Martin Biron in the second period, posted his first NHL goal when Toronto center Robert Reichel scored on his own net on an errant centering pass from behind the Buffalo net late in the third period.
Noronen was the last player to touch the puck, becoming just the seventh goalie in NHL history -- and first Sabres netminder -- to be credited with a goal.
Buffalo has now won three straight overall.
The Sabres have 58 points and are five behind the New York Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo hasn't made the postseason since 2001.
The Thrashers ended their freefall Friday, as they posted a 4-1 victory over Vancouver at General Motors Place. Dany Heatley and Shawn McEachern each finished with a goal and an assist to lead Atlanta.
Ronald Petrovicky and Marc Savard also scored for the Thrashers, who snapped a season-high six-game losing streak and ended a 10-game winless string (1-8-2).
Pasi Nurminen made 30 saves in Atlanta's first victory since a 4-1 win versus Buffalo on January 20.
The Thrashers play the fifth test of a seven-game road trip in Montreal on Tuesday night.
Atlanta has won two straight and seven of the last eight matchups with the Sabres. The Thrashers have also won in three of their previous five trips to Buffalo.
02/16 10:15:58 ET