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
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
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
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
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
02/16 10:15:58 ET