7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2010
First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres are finding plenty of success after regulation.
It was the fifth straight game in which Buffalo needed extra time to settle things, and the Sabres earned two points in four of them. During the stretch, they've recorded shootout victories over Toronto and New Jersey on the road, and overtime wins over Washington and Vancouver at home. The lone blemish was a 3-2 overtime loss at the New York Rangers on Thursday.
This one didn't come without drama, though. Buffalo squandered a two-goal, third-period lead, and in overtime had to kill off the final 39 seconds of Cody McCormick's boarding penalty.
"I think it just goes to show that we battle right to the end," Myers said. "We don't want to be letting teams back in it like that in the third, but when they tied it up it we showed good character that we didn't just fall apart. We kept going and pushed right to the end."
"It was tough," Hamhuis said about his turnover. "The puck just bounced off my stick. We just gave them too many chances."
Ryan Miller made 36 saves and kept the Sabres in it by stopping all 15 shots the Canucks recorded in the first period. Buffalo led 2-0 after 20 minutes.
"Losing hurt, but we kept working hard," Vanek said. "We knew we were going to turn it around. We dug ourselves a pretty good hole, but slowly we are climbing out of it. We're righting the ship here pretty good, but we have to keep going."
Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists, Alexander Edler and Mikael Samuelsson also scored, and Schneider made 35 saves for the Northwest Division-leading Canucks (10-4-3), who have dropped two of four after winning six straight.
Henrik Sedin added three assists for Vancouver.
"It was a hard fought game by a couple of good teams," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "They've been playing some great hockey lately. Anybody who saw that game would have seen that there were two great teams out there."
The Canucks began their rally when Edler made it 3-2 at 4:48 of the third, firing in a slap shot from the point during a power play.
Samuelsson then tied it with 10:39 left in regulation by sweeping the puck in from the bottom of the left circle.
With Vancouver trailing 2-0, Daniel Sedin cut the Canucks' deficit in half with a power-play goal 7:18 into the second period. His slap shot from the right circle zipped past a screened Miller.
Montador restored Buffalo's two-goal edge with a one-timer from the middle of the blue line to make it 3-1 with 6:35 left in the second.
The Sabres opened the scoring when Ennis slipped the puck through Schneider's legs from in tight on Buffalo's first shot 8:22 in. The Canucks had held a 9-0 shot advantage.
McCormick pushed Buffalo's lead to 2-0 with 2:58 left in the first. After Schneider stopped McCormick's initial redirection, the gritty forward swept at the rebound with a behind-the-back backhand that banked in off a sprawled Schneider.
Sabres C Rob Niedermayer played in his 1,100th NHL game. ... A backup goalie has started against Buffalo 10 times this season. ... Vancouver dropped to 2-1-1 on its season-high, five-game road trip. ... Vanek's wife gave birth to twin boys on Monday. ... Daniel and Henrik Sedin have each recorded at least one point in all but two of Vancouver's 17 games. ... Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta left halfway through the game with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks stands in front of an advertising blimp as he...(Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
|Arena: First Niagara Center
Location: Buffalo, New York
|Referees: Frederick L'Ecuyer, Fred L'Ecuyer|
Linesmen: David Brisebois, Greg Devorski
|Attendance: 18,690 (100.0% full)|
Team Stat Comparison
|2||Power Play Goals||0|
|5||Power Play Opportunities||5|
|39||Shots on Goal||39|
|8:22||Tyler Ennis (5)
Assists: Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek
|17:02||Cody McCormick (3)
Assists: Rob Niedermayer, Mike Grier
|7:18||Daniel Sedin (12)
Assists: Christian Ehrhoff, Henrik Sedin
|13:25||Steve Montador (3)
Assists: Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek
|4:48||Alexander Edler (2)
Assists: Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin
|9:21||Mikael Samuelsson (3)
Assists: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
|4:37||Tyler Myers (5)
After winning just three of their first 14 games this season, the Buffalo Sabres are now 4-0-1 in their last five games after their 4-3 overtime win over Vancouver on Monday night. A key to Buffalo's improvement has been their offensive improvement. The Sabres are averaging 3.60 goals per game during this five-game stretch. Buffalo had averaged just 2.36 goals a game over their first 14 contests, during which they went 3-9-2.[+]
Buffalo Sabres 2010-11 Breakdown
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