"I think guys are gaining confidence as things are going
better," Brown said. "When that happens, guys are going to make
more plays with the puck. A few weeks ago when we were going bad we
would just dump the puck in."
The Sabres, who tied a franchise record with seven straight
losses in December, have captured nine of a possible 12 points over
their last six games.
"We have to keep up this momentum to get back in the picture,"
coach Lindy Ruff said.
Heading into Friday's game, Buffalo was in 13th place in the
Eastern Conference, seven points out of a playoff spot.
"When we play with momentum and get scoring chances we're
successful," Biron said. "Everybody's contributing and chipping
in. It came from the defense out tonight, and the creativity on
offense was great to see."
Briere capped the scoring with 5:45 remaining in the third with
"We're making strides," Ruff said. "We've been getting more
shots at the net and more people at the net. It's starting to pay
The Mighty Ducks are 2-4 in their last six, and the defending
Western Conference champions are in last place in the Pacific
Division with 35 points.
"I thought the game started OK but we turned the puck over too
much," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we had good
chances early, then the Sabres took over the game."
Buffalo is 7-0-2 in its last nine against Anaheim, including a
5-2 win on Oct. 24.
"They've been playing good hockey lately so it was a huge
effort by us," Brown said.
Drury's last short-handed goal was against Buffalo on Oct.
31, 2002, when he was with Calgary. ... Buffalo RW J.P. Dumont
missed his fourth game since hurting his hip Dec. 26 against
Carolina. ... Anaheim will conclude its six-game road trip Saturday
in Detroit. ... Dumont was also named captain for January,
replacing James Patrick in Buffalo's revolving captaincy system.
... The Sabres put struggling D Andy Delmore on waivers. Delmore
had just one assist in 19 games.
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Arena: First Niagara Center Location: Buffalo, New York
Referees: Terry Gregson, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Steve Miller
Attendance: 18,690 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Chris Drury (6)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Dennis Wideman, Dennis Wideman
Keith Carney (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Stanislav Chistov, Steve Rucchin
Curtis Brown (6)
Assists: Chris Drury, Ales Kotalik
Dmitri Kalinin (4)
Assists: Curtis Brown, Dennis Wideman
Andy McDonald (7)
Miroslav Satan (14)
Assists: Daniel Briere, Jochen Hecht
Daniel Briere (11)
Assists: Jochen Hecht, Dmitri Kalinin