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Stafford nets hat trick as Sabres drill Oilers

Jan 28, 2009 - 6:00 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Drew Stafford scored 10 seconds into the contest. The goal served as a harbinger of things to come.

Stafford notched his second career hat trick as the Buffalo Sabres recorded their highest scoring output of the season Tuesday with a 10-2 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers.

The 23-year-old admitted he was nervous as his uncle was in attendance.

"It was pretty ironic. I was pretty nervous before the game," Stafford said. "You don't get too hyped up and look into things too much, but this one was special for me.

"It was my first time here playing in front of my uncle seeing me live. Growing up and hanging out with him and that team, it was pretty special, pretty unique."

Tim Connolly registered two goals and an assist, All-Star Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy both scored and set up a pair of goals and former Edmonton defenseman Jaroslav Spacek also tallied for Buffalo, which improved to 4-1-0 in its last five games.

Former Oiler Jochen Hecht and blue-liner Nathan Paetsch each recorded a goal and an assist while Jason Pominville, Ales Kotalik, Clarke MacArthur and captain Craig Rivet notched two assists apiece for the Sabres.

"It's awesome, it's been my dream all along," Paetsch said. "I was a kid growing up here and it was my dream to come and play here. To have the game we had here tonight, it meant a lot."

"I like their team, I like the speed they have, and it was one of those nights where we caught them flat," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "I've been behind the bench on a team where you have a night like that, and it's tough. The harder they tried, it seemed like the worse it was getting."

Ryan Miller made 35 saves to post career victory No. 134, moving him into a tie with Martin Biron for third place on the franchise list.

Robert Nilsson registered a goal and an assist and Erik Cole netted a power-play tally for Edmonton, which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

"It started early and kept on coming," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We had three periods of it. It's disappointing. There's not much I can add in terms of criticism of the team or criticism of myself. There's no point in heaping anything further on tonight. It will all be about how we respond to this."

"It was frustrating and embarrassing right from the beginning of the game," Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert said. "We obviously weren't ready to play. If you are not ready to execute, a team like this is going to expose you in every aspect of the game, and that's exactly what happened to us tonight."

Dwayne Roloson turned aside five of eight shots before he was relieved by Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers midway through the first period. The rookie did not fare any better, allowing seven goals on 29 shots.

"It's not a game you are going to blame on the goalies," MacTavish said. "They were as bad as everybody else. But when you lose a game, 10-2, you are all painted by the same brush."

Stafford set the tone early by receiving a pass from Vanek and wristing the puck past Roloson just 10 seconds into the contest.

"I didn't even look over there once," Stafford said after he scored so quickly. "I didn't know what I was going to do. I didn't look at the bench at all. I was kind of nervous at first, but it makes things easy when you get one right away."

"It's hard when you're the home team and you get an early one scored against you. You've got to pick yourself up right away," Ruff said. "I think even worse than that, we got the second one right away, and that digs an even bigger hole and it takes the fans right out of the game."

Paetsch doubled Buffalo's advantage just 61 seconds later and Roy netted his 19th goal of the season midway through the first period to give the Sabres both a 3-0 advantage and end the evening for Roloson.

Drouin-Deslauriers relieved Roloson, but the Sabres were just getting started.

After Hecht gave Buffalo a four-goal advantage just 2:02 into the second period, Cole netted a power-play tally 4 1/2 minutes later to breathe some life into Rexall Place.

Connolly quieted the crowd 56 seconds later with a power-play goal, Vanek added his team-leading 29th tally and Spacek also scored with the man advantage with 61 seconds left in the session to give the Sabres a 7-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Stafford scored twice in a 78-second span midway through the third to cap his second career hat trick. He registered three goals and two assists in a 10-1 trouncing of the Atlanta Thrashers on January 18, 2008.

For Edmonton, the loss brought back memories of its 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on December 16.

"We didn't think that this could happen to us again, especially the way that we were playing of late," Oilers defenseman Steve Staios said.

"Hopefully, the experience we have from trying to shake it off last time is the way to do it because we started playing better and got ourselves into a playoff position. You can't sugar-coat how tough a night it was, but we have to put this behind us quickly and move on."






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    Sabres 10, Oilers 2  FinalJan 27 11:37 PM


  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 3 4 3 10
    EDMONTON 0 1 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DREW STAFFORD 10 (THOMAS VANEK) 0:10
    BUF - NATHAN PAETSCH 1 (CLARKE MACARTHUR) 1:11
    BUF - DEREK ROY 19 (NATHAN PAETSCH, JASON POMINVILLE) 10:17
    2ND PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 6 (JASON POMINVILLE, DEREK ROY) 2:02
    ED

    Jan 27 11:32 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 10
    EDMONTON 2
    3RD PRD: BUF - (SH) TIM CONNOLLY 7 (JOCHEN HECHT) 18:45

    Sabres 10, Oilers 2  3rd - 1:15Jan 27 11:27 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 9
    EDMONTON 2
    3RD PRD: EDM - ROBERT NILSSON 7 (SHELDON SOURAY, TOM GILBERT) 17:52

    Sabres 9, Oilers 2  3rd - 2:08Jan 27 11:26 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 9
    EDMONTON 1
    3RD PRD: BUF - DREW STAFFORD 12 (TIM CONNOLLY, CLARKE MACARTHUR) 12:40

    Sabres 9, Oilers 1  3rd - 7:20Jan 27 11:17 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 8
    EDMONTON 1
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) DREW STAFFORD 11 (PAUL GAUSTAD, ALES KOTALIK)
    11:22

    Sabres 8, Oilers 1  3rd - 8:38Jan 27 11:15 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 3 4 7
    EDMONTON 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DREW STAFFORD 10 (THOMAS VANEK) 0:10
    BUF - NATHAN PAETSCH 1 (CLARKE MACARTHUR) 1:11
    BUF - DEREK ROY 19 (NATHAN PAETSCH, JASON POMINVILLE) 10:17
    2ND PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 6 (JASON POMINVILLE, DEREK

    Jan 27 10:41 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 7
    EDMONTON 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) JAROSLAV SPACEK 2 (CRAIG RIVET, ALES KOTALIK)
    18:59

    Sabres 7, Oilers 1  2nd - 1:01Jan 27 10:39 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 6
    EDMONTON 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 29 (CRAIG RIVET) 17:40

    Sabres 6, Oilers 1  2nd - 2:20Jan 27 10:36 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 5
    EDMONTON 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) TIM CONNOLLY 6 (THOMAS VANEK, DEREK ROY) 14:19

    Sabres 5, Oilers 1  2nd - 5:41Jan 27 10:32 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 4
    EDMONTON 1
    2ND PRD: EDM - ERIK COLE 12 (ROBERT NILSSON, DENIS GREBESHKOV) 13:23

    Sabres 4, Oilers 1  2nd - 6:37Jan 27 10:28 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 4
    EDMONTON 0
    2ND PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 6 (JASON POMINVILLE, DEREK ROY) 2:02

    Sabres 4, Oilers 0  2nd - 17:58Jan 27 10:08 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 3 3
    EDMONTON 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DREW STAFFORD 10 (THOMAS VANEK) 0:10
    BUF - NATHAN PAETSCH 1 (CLARKE MACARTHUR) 1:11
    BUF - DEREK ROY 19 (NATHAN PAETSCH, JASON POMINVILLE) 10:17
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- -

    Jan 27 9:46 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 3
    EDMONTON 0
    1ST PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 19 (NATHAN PAETSCH, PAUL GAUSTAD) 10:17

    Sabres 3, Oilers 0  1st - 9:43Jan 27 9:29 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 2
    EDMONTON 0
    1ST PRD: BUF - NATHAN PAETSCH 1 (CLARKE MACARTHUR) 1:11

    Sabres 2, Oilers 0  1st - 18:49Jan 27 9:15 PM
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    Sabres 1, Oilers 0  1st - 19:50Jan 27 9:13 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    EDMONTON 0
    1ST PRD: BUF - DREW STAFFORD 10 (THOMAS VANEK) 0:10

    Sabres 1, Oilers 0  1st - 19:50Jan 27 9:10 PM