Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Buffalo leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, December 8th

Ducks 2

(12-12-5, 29 pts)

Sabres 3

(18-10-1, 37 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 8, 2005

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 OT T
ANA 1 0 1 02
BUF 0 0 2 13

A. Kotalik (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Afinogenov (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Vanek (Sabres - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Anaheim (12-12-4) at Buffalo (17-10-1) 7:00 pm EST

Anaheim (12-12-4) at Buffalo (17-10-1) 7:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Coming off another impressive road victory, the Buffalo Sabres will try to persevere amid a rash of injuries when they host the surging Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Thursday.

Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville both had a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 6-4 victory at Colorado on Sunday.

The Sabres had four first-period goals and Martin Biron survived a flurry in the third period by making 25 saves and improving to 10-4-0-1. Biron, who has won each of his five meetings with the Mighty Ducks, is one of a handful of healthy players filling in admirably for Buffalo.

Biron has held firm while starting goaltender Ryan Miller recovers from a broken right thumb. Center Daniel Briere remains sidelined with an abdominal strain, and the Sabres were dealt another blow this week.

On Tuesday, Buffalo learned it would be without right wing J.P. Dumont for two to three months after surgery to repair a sports hernia. He has six goals and eight assists in 19 games.

After winning the first four games of a five-game stretch at home, Anaheim dropped a 6-2 decision to Carolina on Tuesday.

Rob Niedermayer and defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored in the third period, but it was too little for the Mighty Ducks to overcome a 4-0 deficit.

The Sabres won both meetings in 2003-04 by a combined score of 10-4.