BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres have suddenly found the
back of the net as well as the win column.
"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.
"We had a couple of good wins on this road trip and we had some
momentum," Carney said. "We couldn't sustain it today. We made
some mistakes that cost us."
In a game in which the momentum kept shifting, Buffalo was able
to thwart two Anaheim comeback bids.
After Drury opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 9:42
of the first period, Carney tied it just 21 seconds later while the
Ducks were still on a power play.
It was Carney's first goal since last Jan. 9 against Colorado.
Brown put Buffalo up 2-1 just 16 seconds into the second with
his sixth goal, and Kalinin boosted the lead with a wrist shot that
beat Martin Gerber just more than two minutes later.
Anaheim made another charge after McDonald scored his eighth of
the season with 2:14 to go in the second, but Satan countered with
his team-leading 14th goal 35 seconds later.
After Carney turned the puck over at the blue line, Satan skated
in and made a move on Sergei Fedorov at the right circle, freeing
himself for a quick wrist shot that beat Gerber on the glove side.
"It's a game of momentum," Brown said. "At that point it was
3-2 and Miro made a world class play and put it top shelf."
The Sabres have scored eight goals in the second period in their
last two games.
Gerber allowed five goals on 33 shots in losing for the third
time in four games. It was the first time in 29 contests that he
has given up more than three goals.
"I know I can play better," Gerber said. "They were sharp in
Martin Biron made 24 saves for his second straight win.
"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
Jochen Hecht added two assists for the Sabres.
"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.