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Anaheim: Feb 27 at Avalanche Loss 4-1
Buffalo: Feb 25 at NY Rangers Loss(OT) 3-2
Rank In Conference:
Power Play Ranking:
Penalty Kill Ranking:
Anaheim: Perry(30), Ryan(23), Selanne(21), Cogliano(12)
Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Hodgson(16), Roy(13)
Anaheim: Getzlaf(35), Selanne(34), S. Koivu(21), Perry(20)
Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(25), Roy(22), Ehrhoff(20)
Anaheim: Selanne(55), Perry(50), Getzlaf(43), Ryan(39)
Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(47), Roy(35), Hodgson(33)
Anaheim: S. Koivu(+16), Brookbank and Selanne(+9), Visnovsky and Beleskey(+3), Jacques, Blake, and Parros(+2)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+8), Ennis(+3), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1)
Anaheim: Perry(81), Parros(63), Getzlaf(55), Sbisa(53)
Buffalo: Kaleta(92), McCormick(49), Weber and Vanek(48), Roy(44)
Anaheim: Perry(231), Selanne(168), Ryan(139), Getzlaf(134)
Buffalo: Pominville(174), Stafford(163), Vanek(158), Roy(132)
Anaheim: Beauchemin(139), Lydman(126), Brookbank(87), Sbisa(72)
Buffalo: Regehr and Leopold(86), Sekera(74), Ehrhoff(66)
Anaheim: Getzlaf(155), Sbisa(142), Beauchemin(120), Lydman(103)
Buffalo: Regehr(133), Kaleta(104), Gaustad(98), Weber(82)
Anaheim: Getzlaf(486), S. Koivu(479), Bonino(137), Macenauer(113)
Buffalo: Roy(475), Hodgson(177), Pominville(164), Hecht(136)
Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Anaheim: Jhonas Hiller 24-21-10 2.60 GAA .909 SV% 3 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 19-17-5 2.70 GAA .909 SV% 3 SO
Last Meeting: Oct 7 Sabres Won 4-1
Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 14-8-3
All-Time at ANA: Sabres Lead 7-5-0
Late surge leads Avs to fourth straight win
A Colorado Avalanche attack that had been dormant for much of the season has picked a good time to come to life.
The Avalanche have been doing plenty of good things – cranking up the offense is one of them — during a winning streak that reached four games Monday night with a 4-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center.
Colorado has outscored teams 17-5 during the streak and reached the 70-point mark – two more points than last season’s total – to pull into a virtual tie for eighth place with Dallas in the Western Conference. The Stars have played one fewer game.
“I think it’s a combination of everything,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. “We know what’s at stake every time we play. There’s 18 games remaining and knowing the situation that we’re in, it’s fun. It should be fun for the players; that’s why you play the game — to be playing meaningful games at this time of the year.
“Right now, it’s a stretch where things are going pretty good for us, but we got to keep our foot down on the gas pedal. We can’t let up. It’s a tough conference and every game is so important. You hate to look at the standings, but it’s human nature to do that. Like I told our guys, we can control our own destiny and we’ve been doing that lately. We’ve been taking care of our own business, and we if we do that, we’ll see what happens.
“I like the way we’re playing. I like the way the team’s coming together, too. There’s good chemistry on each line and in the room as well.”
The Avalanche broke open a tight game with three goals in the third period. Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene scored 2:18 apart early in the period for a 3-1 lead and Jay McClement finished off the Ducks at 14:46 when he ripped a shot from the left circle that beat goalie Jonas Hiller high to the far corner.
“We’re bleeding confidence right now, and it’s easy to play like that,” said Duchene, who converted Paul Stastny’s pass on a 2-on-1-rush at 2:55. It was Duchene’s first goal in five games since returning from a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for 20 games. “It felt darned good, to be honest with you. I could have had it a couple times earlier in the game. I knew it would eventually come. Paulie made a heck of a pass to me, right on a tee for me.
Rangers beat Sabres 3-2 in OT
The Rangers were staring at their fourth loss in five games and third in a row, trailing the Buffalo Sabres by a goal early in the third period after Drew Stafford buried his second of the game on the power play.
Instead of finding themselves in the middle of their first prolonged slump since opening the season on a month-long road trip, the Rangers’ big guns delivered in a big way.
Marian Gaborik scored his 29th of the season to tie the game, and Ryan Callahan netted his career-high 24th goal in overtime as the Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory Saturday night that snapped the Sabres’ three-game winning streak.
Callahan’s 100th goal of his career was the result of some smart work by defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who drew the coverage to his right before flipping a pass back to Callahan. A fake dropped forward Patrick Kaleta to his knees, allowing Callahan to move around him and snap a shot past goaltender Ryan Miller with 2:01 left in overtime.
“I thought it was a really solid 60-minute game out of us,” Callahan said. “In the last stretch, we’ve been a little inconsistent. We didn’t get the wins we wanted to. I think it was important tonight for us to come out and have a good 60-minute game.”
The win kept the Rangers seven points ahead of the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the East and nine points up on the Pittsburgh Penguins for first in the Atlantic. The Rangers were 1-2-1 in their past four games — hardly a reason to panic when you have a No. 1 or 2 seed virtually wrapped up barring a collapse.
But the words of Brad Richards spoke volumes about the importance of not losing to the Sabres.
“We wanted this badly,” he said. “We’ve been a little bit all over the map the past two weeks. This time of year, the details have got to be there. We may not have the same desperation that a Buffalo does (six points out of eighth in the East), but we have to manufacture that by realizing that a bad week or two, and you can get yourself into a lot of trouble. We don’t want to do that. We want to nip it and get back on track.”
This Day In Sabres History:
Anaheim: Smaby Right Thumb Surgery(IR/Out), D. Ellis Torn Groin(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Boyes Upper Body(Probable)
Next 5 Games:
Mar 1 at San Jose Shark 10:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD and CBC HD)
Mar 5 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(NBCS HD)
Mar 7 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 8 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)