CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Robyn Regehr wasn't exactly sure how he
got the puck into the Buffalo net. And he didn't really care.
Regehr's disputed second-period goal helped the Calgary Flames
beat the Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night.
Calgary was on a two-man power play when Daymond Langkow's shot
hit Regehr's skate in front and caromed in. Sabres goalie Martin
Biron immediately argued that Regehr kicked the puck in, making an
animated kicking motion with his leg for emphasis while making his
case to the officials.
But the goal stood after a video review.
Regehr took a swat at the puck on the play but didn't connect.
"I fell down and I knew the puck came behind me," he said. "I
went to get up and swat at it and I don't know if it hit my leg, or
it hit my foot.
"I have no idea really."
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff certainly thought he knew how it
"It's a distinct kicking motion," Ruff said. "It was kicked
in, and I'm sure we'll get an apology from the league on it. We've
had reviews that lasted five minutes. That took two seconds and the
guy kicked it in? Come on, I don't understand how a video judge
here can make that type of call when it's that distinct."
Still, Biron wasn't blaming the officials for this loss.
"We can't use that as an excuse," Biron said. "We're a much
better team than what we showed. That's not the reason why the game
went the way it did. We all know that and that's all that's got to
be said for that."
McCarty opened the scoring at 8:33 of the first period. After
Phaneuf took a shot from the point, McCarty lifted the stick of
Buffalo defenseman Toni Lydman and fired the puck past Biron.
Buffalo tied it when Afinogenov split the Calgary defense of
Rhett Warrener and Phaneuf before deking past Miikka Kiprusoff for
his 12th goal. Afinogenov scored on the Sabres' first of three
shots in the period.
After Regehr's goal, Huselius put the Flames up 3-1 later in the
second on the power play.
Regehr delivered the hit of the game in the second on Buffalo's
Ales Kotalik. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Regehr drove Kotalik over the
boards into the Sabres bench.
"I had the angle on him and I knew he was going wide," Regehr
said. "He jumped back to try and miss the hit and by doing that,
he got up and I just finished my hit and put him into the bench."
The hit caused Kotalik to do a complete flip and land so he was
sitting upright on the bench.
"I was trying to find the puck between my legs," Kotalik said.
"He caught me right at that moment when you're on your heels and
kind of backing off and flat footed. That's just part of the game.
It was a good clean hit."
Kiprusoff made a great stop on a wraparound try by Thomas Vanek.
Kiprusoff reached behind him and placed his stick on the goal line
to turn away the Buffalo rookie.
Donovan completed the scoring with a short-handed goal into an
empty net late in the third.
The Flames went 2-for-6 with the man advantage and killed off
all five Buffalo power plays. The Sabres came in second in the NHL
in both power-play and penalty-killing efficiency.
"We weren't up to the task on the special teams," Ruff said.
"Their special teams were a little bit better than ours."
The Flames improved to 3-6-1-1 in their last 10 games
against the Sabres. ... Calgary finished 7-2-1 against Eastern
Conference teams this season. The Flames went 5-0 against the
Northeast Division. ... Amonte extended his point streak to four
games. Calgary captain Jarome Iginla had a three-game run snapped.
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Tom Kowal, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Brad Lazarowich
Attendance: 19,289 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Darren McCarty (4)
Assists: Dion Phaneuf, Marcus Nilson
Maxim Afinogenov (11)
Assists: Derek Roy, Jay McKee
Robyn Regehr (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Daymond Langkow, Tony Amonte
Kristian Huselius (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Dion Phaneuf, Chuck Kobasew