Jason Pominville netted 2 goals and the game winning goal in the shootout in the Sabres 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. Pominville would kick off the goal scoring 7:17 into the 2nd Period on a Short Handed Marker when Cody Hodgson won a race for a loose puck and found Pominville alone in the slot. The Devils would answer back 2:07 later when a Mark Fayne shot hit former Sabre Steve Bernier and trickled into the net behind Sabres Goalie Ryan Miller.
The Devils would take the lead 1:21 into the 3rd Period with a Short Handed Goal of their own when Adam Henrique capitalized on a turnover by Steve Ott in the Neutral Zone and beat Miller 1 on 1. The Sabres would tie the game 1:49 later when Pominville got his 2nd of the afternoon when he one-timed a great saucer pass from Cody Hodgson. The Sabres would take the lead when Jochen Hecht backed a back hand shot from the side of the net off of Devils Starter Johan Hedberg at the 9:47 mark of the 3rd. The Devils again would quickly tie the game 1:35 later when rookie Andrei Loktionov was left alone at the side of the net.
The Game would go to a Shootout after the Sabres had 2 chances on the PP in Overtime. Jason Pominville would finish up his strong afternoon netting the game winner in the first round of the shootout. Tyler Ennis would add a goal in the 2nd round and Miller would stop Henrique to finish the game. Miller got his 9th win of the season stopping 28 shots on the afternoon. Hedberg lost his 2nd game in overtime stopping 20 shots.
The Sabres have a short turn around when they visit Rick Nash and The New York Rangers on Sunday Night. Puck Drop is 7:30 and can be seen on MSG HD.
For those going to the game the Shamrock run is today, it’s through the First Ward. Road closures start at 11am: Seneca, South Park, Michigan and various side streets will be closed. Fans are being encouraged not to arrive too early for the game.
Those coming in from the 190 should avoid the Louisiana, Hamburg and Seneca st. exits. Elm, Washington and Pearl are being recommended. There will be more police than usual on duty to help with the added congestion. All parking lots will be open (including the arena ramp), the webster lot will not be open (they’re breaking ground soon so that’s no longer a parking option until it’s built). But the run could take away some spots that are normally open for games.
Fans are also being encouraged to park further north and take the metro to the arena if they can.
New Jersey: Johan Hedberg 2-4-1 2.59 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 7-10-1 2.83 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: Feb 14, 2011 Devils Won 4-1
Season Series: Devils Won 3-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-46-22
All-Time vs. N.J.: Sabres Lead 38-22-10
Sabres defeat Panthers in shootout
Maybe the Buffalo Sabres are starting to play better under interim coach Ron Rolston. Or maybe it was simply the presence of the 19 parents or mentors who accompanied the team on its two-game Florida swing this week.
Whatever the reason, the Sabres have won back-to-back games for the first time in almost three weeks.
Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout Thursday night, and the Sabres defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 at BB&T Center.
It came two nights after a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I think we need our parents to stick with us,” Pominville said jokingly. “Honestly, it’s huge to be able to stick a couple in a row here. If we want to make a run, we’re going to have to keep doing that. You can’t go win one, lose one, win one, lose two. You’ve got to get on a roll.
“Ron has made some adjustments, made some changes. He said from the get-go it might take some time, but we’re slowly starting to get results.”
Pominville clinched the victory in the second round of the shootout after Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller stopped Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller.
Vanek and Pominville scored almost the exact same way, with a wrist shot above the pad to the stick side against left-handed Jose Theodore.
“You’re not used to seeing a goalie that catches the other side too often,” Pominville said. “I was able to see a little bit of what he was showing on the video when Thomas went. I mean, the hole was there, so I decided to shoot there.”
Red-hot Ladd scores twice for Jets in win over Devils
Andrew Ladd’s scorching production has allowed the Winnipeg Jets to survive their power play spending February in hibernation. Ladd continued his hot scoring in February, firing home two more goals against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night to lead the Jets to a 3-1 win before 15,015 at MTS Centre.
Ladd’s second of the game with 8:01 to go in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and helped the Jets break their four-game home losing streak. Ladd began his evening with a goal eight seconds into the contest and finished the month with 10 goals in 13 games.
Winnipeg’s captain acknowledged the Jets had to grind out the win, but added “at the end of the day, you take the win, you take the two points and the good feeling and move on.”
Ladd also had an assist on Blake Wheeler’s empty-net goal with 35.8 seconds remaining. Ladd, whose 12 goals lead the Jets and tie him for third overall in the League, owns a pair of two-goal games and two three-point outings this season.
“I think that right now our team is certainly driven by him,” Jets coach Claude Noel said of his captain. “He leads by example. He has won two [Stanley] Cups, and you can see why.”
Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec assumed the franchise goaltending lead in games, making his 205th appearance and stopping 22 shots for the Jets, who have a win in five of their past six contests to slide them into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Winnipeg moved above .500 for the first time since Jan. 31.
Noel praised Pavelec, who stopped Patrik Elias and Bobby Butler on point-blank opportunities in the first period, calling his goaltender’s work “outstanding.”
“I think he’s in a good groove,” Noel said. “I’m really happy with how he is playing.”
March 2, 2007 Sabres Get 2 Goals from Ryan and Vanek in 8-5 victory over the Canadiens
On this day 6 years ago was the finest moment in Michael Ryan’s Sabres Career netting 2 goals in the Sabres 8-5 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Ryan who was a First Round Pick in 1999 was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Sabres in 2003 for Sabres Captain Stu Barnes. Ryan would only record 7 goals in 65 games played in a Sabres uniform. The Sabres also got 2 goals from Thomas Vanek and single markers from Dmitri Kalinin, Teppo Numminen, Derek Roy, and Drew Stafford. Ryan Miller got the win making 27 saves on the night.
New Jersey: Zubrus Left Wrist Surgery(IR/Out), R. Carter Concussion-Like Symptoms(IR/Probable), Brodeur Back Spasms(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(IR/Out)
Next 5 Games:
Mar 3 at New York Rangers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 5 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 7 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 10 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)