"It was a good pass," Afinogenov said. "Giguere went down,
and I just shot short-side and up."
Marchant disagreed with the call.
"I thought I had stick on stick, and not on his body,
especially at the end of the play," Marchant said. "But that's
It was the fourth game the Sabres have won when trailing after
two periods. They improved to 5-1 in overtime.
"We're just rolling four lines, playing good defensively and
getting good goaltending," Vanek said. "We're just grinding out
wins right now."
Things certainly looked bleak for Buffalo after the Sabres were
unable to solve Giguere through the first two periods. They
peppered him with 15 shots in the middle frame but still trailed
Whatever panic that could have set in between periods, didn't.
"We weren't frustrated," Vanek said. "They were playing great
but we were only down by a goal."
Vanek's first career penalty shot finally got the Sabres going.
With 11:54 remaining in the third period, Vanek broke in alone on
Giguere, but was hooked from behind by defenseman Ruslan Salei. On
the ensuing penalty shot, Vanek faked a slap shot, before deking
Giguere to tie it at 1.
"Most of the time I just make it up as I go in, but tonight I
knew I had to move Giguere because he's such a big goalie with big
shoulders," Vanek said.
Kunitz scored his third of the season seven minutes in to give
Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Skating in with Marchant on a 2-on-1, Kunitz's
attempted pass to Marchant was blocked by Buffalo defenseman Henrik
Tallinder. The puck ricocheted off Tallinder's stick, and bounced
past a sliding Biron.
Lupul made it 2-1 just over two minutes after Vanek's penalty
shot with his 12th goal, but Kotalik tied it at 2 with 3½ minutes
left in regulation.
"Our confidence level right now is at a level where they just
believe they can make the difference late," Sabres coach Lindy
Buffalo hasn't lost to Anaheim in 10 games, dating to Jan.
1999. ... It was Anaheim's first road game since visiting Dallas on
Nov. 23. ... Anaheim D Sandis Ozolinsh missed his fourth straight
game with a knee strain. ... Giguere is 4-1-4 in his last nine
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Arena: First Niagara Center Location: Buffalo, New York
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Bill McCreary Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Michel Cormier
Attendance: 12,504 (66.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Chris Kunitz (3)
Assists: Joffrey Lupul, Joe DiPenta
No scoring this period
Thomas Vanek (5)
(Penalty Shot) Unassisted
Joffrey Lupul (12)
Assist: Scott Niedermayer
Ales Kotalik (14)
Assists: Brian Campbell, Jason Pominville
Maxim Afinogenov (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Pominville, Teppo Numminen