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Kotalik, Stafford help Sabres stave off Islanders

Dec 28, 2008 - 4:27 AM
BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders rallied late to salvage a point, but it was the Buffalo Sabres who ended a losing skid.

Ales Kotalik and Drew Stafford each scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller stopped both attempts in the bonus format, helping Buffalo earn a 4-3 win over New York on Saturday.

Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville each had power-play goals and Clarke MacArthur also scored his career-high 10th goal for Buffalo, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

It appeared the Sabres would cruise to their first win since a 5-0 triumph over the Kings on December 19, but the Islanders - who held a 12-5 advantage in shots in the final period rallied with a pair of goals in the final 94 seconds of regulation.

"A couple times one of the defense fell, the puck got by (Pominville) to a guy in the slot, he had no one in front of him, just Miller, he just buried it," Hecht said. "You can battle, shoot the puck out, just have to be more desperate."

After Mike Comrie scored on the power play to halve the deficit, Chris Campoli's goal with just two seconds remaining in the third period tied the game. Rookie Kyle Okposo picked up a loose puck and fed a pass to Campoli, who ripped a shot to the glove side of Miller to knot the score, 3-3.

"I was happy with everything except for about the last couple minutes of the game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

Miller, who finished with 32 saves, made pad saves on the shootout attempts of Richard Park and Okposo to preserve the win.

"Everybody wants to win, but it's a step in the right direction," Comrie said. "We had a pretty rough December, went through some injuries but tonight was an effort. The last couple games we've showed if we played the right way, we can be successful."

Hecht scored the lone goal of the opening period 13:01 into the session.

Jeff Tambellini tied the score midway through the second, but Pominville tallied 3:31 later to put the Sabres back in front.

"I think our penalty kill has been good throughout the year, unfortunately we gave up one late," Pominville said. "We'll take the positives out of this one. We need the two points, we got it so we'll move on."

Joey MacDonald, who got the start in place of Rick DiPietro, made 34 saves. DiPietro returned to action Friday after missing two months but suffered a strained groin in the contest.

"We were down a couple goals in the third and we battled to the bitter end," MacDonald said. "It took us 60 minutes to get that one point. We never give up, down 3-1 we could of packed our bags and we didn't, maybe a couple weeks ago we might of. It's a huge step for us, huge win last night and big point tonight."






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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 2 0 (0) 3
    BUFFALO 1 1 1 0 (2) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) JOCHEN HECHT 4 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:01
    2ND PRD: NYI - JEFF TAMBELLINI 1 (MARK STREIT, JOSH BAILEY) 9:38
    BUF - (PP) JASON POMINVILLE 10 (THOMAS V

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 2 0 3
    BUFFALO 1 1 1 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) JOCHEN HECHT 4 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:01
    2ND PRD: NYI - JEFF TAMBELLINI 1 (MARK STREIT, JOSH BAILEY) 9:38
    BUF - (PP) JASON POMINVILLE 10 (THOMAS VANEK, A

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 2 3
    BUFFALO 1 1 1 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) JOCHEN HECHT 4 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:01
    2ND PRD: NYI - JEFF TAMBELLINI 1 (MARK STREIT, JOSH BAILEY) 9:38
    BUF - (PP) JASON POMINVILLE 10 (THOMAS VANEK, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:09
    3RD

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    NY ISLANDERS 3
    BUFFALO 3
    3RD PRD: NYI - CHRIS CAMPOLI 4 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, KYLE OKPOSO) 19:58
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)

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    NY ISLANDERS 2
    BUFFALO 3
    3RD PRD: NYI - (PP) MIKE COMRIE 3 (BILL GUERIN, BLAKE COMEAU) 18:26
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    Islanders 2, Sabres 3  3rd - 1:34Dec 27 9:25 PM
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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    BUFFALO 3
    3RD PRD: BUF - CLARKE MACARTHUR 10 (DREW STAFFORD, DEREK ROY) 14:37

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 1
    BUFFALO 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) JOCHEN HECHT 4 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:01
    2ND PRD: NYI - JEFF TAMBELLINI 1 (MARK STREIT, JOSH BAILEY) 9:38
    BUF - (PP) JASON POMINVILLE 10 (THOMAS VANEK, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:09
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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    BUFFALO 2
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) JASON POMINVILLE 10 (THOMAS VANEK, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:09 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Islanders 1, Sabres 2  2nd - 6:51Dec 27 8:24 PM


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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    BUFFALO 1
    2ND PRD: NYI - JEFF TAMBELLINI 1 (MARK STREIT, JOSH BAILEY) 9:38

    Islanders 1, Sabres 1  2nd - 10:22Dec 27 8:16 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0
    BUFFALO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) JOCHEN HECHT 4 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:01
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BUF 11 11
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    NY ISLANDERS 0
    BUFFALO 1
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) JOCHEN HECHT 4 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV, ALES KOTALIK)
    13:01

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