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Roy, Vanek star as Sabres thwart Devils

Dec 14, 2008 - 4:10 AM
By Daren Smith PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Playing on back-to-back nights finally paid off for the Buffalo Sabres.

Derek Roy snapped a tie midway through the third period and Thomas Vanek raised his league-leading goals total to 24 with a pair as the Sabres topped the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, for their third straight road win.

Vanek opened the scoring 70 seconds into the game with the 10,000th goal in franchise history and capped the offense with seven minutes remaining in the third period for his seventh two-goal effort of the season and second in three contests.

Drew Stafford also tallied, Roy added an assist and Patrick Lalime made 20 saves to halt a personal five-game losing streak for the Sabres, who have won four of five overall.

"We're gaining traction," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "I don't think we've been outworked in our last five. ... We're getting support from different lines. I thought the work ethic and what we did with the puck tonight was real good."

Patrik Elias extended his goal-scoring streak to three games and Bobby Holik also scored for New Jersey, which had won five straight at home and nine of 10 overall.

Buffalo had been 0-4-1 in the second game when playing on consecutive nights and was coming off a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Toronto on Friday.

"Really, the only negative we had last night was our power play. And I thought our power play bounced back, won us the game tonight," Ruff said. "We got two quick opportunities, and we put those away."

The Sabres erased a second-period deficit on Stafford's man-advantage goal and grabbed a 3-2 lead 8:43 into the third on Roy's ninth of the season and third in five games.

Just 12 seconds after Elias took a tripping penalty, defenseman Jaroslav Spacek sent a slap pass from the top of the slot to Roy, who flicked the puck past out-of-position backup goaltender Kevin Weekes.

"It was a great play by Spacek," Roy said. "He faked the shot and slid it over to me, and I just put it in the empty net. It was a pretty easy one."

Vanek sealed the win just over four minutes later. Roy came off the right wing boards and pushed the puck into the slot to the former first-round pick, who snapped a shot into the top right corner of the net.

"I saw Derek come out of the corner and two guys attacked him, so it kind of opened up," Vanek said. "I figured he would get it to me, and that's what happened. I figured I'd need to get it up quick since the goalie was going to move laterally."

With 24 goals in 30 games, Vanek is two ahead of the pace of Alexander Mogilny, who set a team record with 76 goals in 1992-93.

"He's always open," Roy said of his Austrian teammate. "He's always in the right spot, and that's what makes him a good goal-scorer."

The Sabres which went 2-for-2 on the power play against a Devils team that successfully killed all nine penalties in Friday's 8-5 victory over the rival New York Rangers.

"On the PK for us, it's hard sometimes," said Weekes, who stopped 30 shots in his first start since November 21. "Those guys have so much skill and skilled players who are able to make plays 5-on-5, let alone with the man advantage."

After totaling seven shots in a lackluster first period, New Jersey came to life early in the second. Elias used his right skate to control a pass from Brian Gionta, then snapped a shot from the left faceoff dot over Lalime's left shoulder just 58 seconds into the session.

It was his 13th goal of the season and fifth in as many games.

Holik put the Devils in front a little over four minutes later with his first of the season.

David Clarkson carried into the offensive zone and deked around Spacek before he was hit by Paul Gaustad. Holik grabbed the loose puck in the slot and whipped a shot past Lalime's stick side for a 2-1 edge.

But that was all the offense New Jersey managed against Lalime, who had not won since his Sabres' debut on October 13.

"It was just fun to get the monkey off the back," he said. "The guys made my job so much easier, taking away rebounds, making them shoot from the outside for the most part."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1 2 4
    NEW JERSEY 0 2 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 23 (JOCHEN HECHT, JASON POMINVILLE) 1:10
    2ND PRD: NJD - PATRIK ELIAS 13 (BRIAN GIONTA, COLIN WHITE) 0:58
    NJD - BOBBY HOLIK 1 (DAVID CLARKSON, MIKE RUPP) 5:09
    BUF - (PP) DREW STAFFORD 6 (NATHAN GERBE

    Dec 13 9:28 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 4
    NEW JERSEY 2
    3RD PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 24 (DEREK ROY, ANDREJ SEKERA) 12:54

    Sabres 4, Devils 2  3rd - 7:06Dec 13 9:13 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 3
    NEW JERSEY 2
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) DEREK ROY 9 (JAROSLAV SPACEK, ALES KOTALIK) 8:43

    Sabres 3, Devils 2  3rd - 11:17Dec 13 9:08 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1 2
    NEW JERSEY 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 23 (JOCHEN HECHT, JASON POMINVILLE) 1:10
    2ND PRD: NJD - PATRIK ELIAS 13 (BRIAN GIONTA, COLIN WHITE) 0:58
    NJD - BOBBY HOLIK 1 (DAVID CLARKSON, MIKE RUPP) 5:09
    BUF - (PP) DREW STAFFORD 6

    Dec 13 8:34 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 2
    NEW JERSEY 2
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) DREW STAFFORD 6 (NATHAN GERBE, TEPPO NUMMINEN)
    11:05

    Sabres 2, Devils 2  2nd - 8:55Dec 13 8:19 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    NEW JERSEY 2
    2ND PRD: NJD - BOBBY HOLIK 1 (DAVID CLARKSON, MIKE RUPP) 5:09

    Sabres 1, Devils 2  2nd - 14:51Dec 13 8:07 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    NEW JERSEY 1
    2ND PRD: NJD - PATRIK ELIAS 13 (BRIAN GIONTA, COLIN WHITE) 0:58

    Sabres 1, Devils 1  2nd - 19:02Dec 13 7:59 PM


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    Buffalo
    1 --1
    New Jersey 0 --0
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    Shots on goal:
    -----------------------------
    Buffalo 8 --8
    New Jersey 7 --7
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    Goalies : Buffalo, Patrick Lalime (7 shots, 7 saves). New Jersey,
    Kevin Weekes (8 shots, 7 saves). Referees: Ian Walsh, Tim Peel.
    Linesmen: Brian Murphy, Darren Gibbs.

    Dec 13 7:41 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    NEW JERSEY 0
    1ST PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 23 (JOCHEN HECHT, JASON POMINVILLE) 1:10

    Sabres 1, Devils 0  1st - 18:50Dec 13 7:13 PM
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    Sabres 0, Devils 0  1st - 19:55Dec 13 7:10 PM