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Hecht, Kotalik lead Sabres past Blue Jackets

Oct 3, 2008 - 2:24 AM By Dave Holstein PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Jochen Hecht and Ales Kotalik recorded a goal and an assist apiece to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 preseason victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Thomas Vanek, Nathan Gerbe and veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen also scored for the Sabres, who are 2-3-1 in the preseason.

Jiri Novotny and Rick Nash tallied for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 2-4 in the preseason.

After Novotny opened the scoring just 3:03 into the first period, the Sabres scored five consecutive goals to seal the win.

Hecht wristed a shot from the right faceoff circle which leveled the contest at 1-1 with 2:20 remaining in the first period.

After Vanek gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead just under seven minutes into the second session, Kotalik doubled the advantage with a power-play tally.

With Columbus' Fredrik Modin and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen serving hooking penalties, Kotalik blasted a one-timer which beat goaltender Frederik Norrena with 4:13 remaining in the period.

Numminen added a power-play tally just 47 seconds into the third and Gerbe scored on a breakaway just over nine minutes into the session to give Buffalo a 5-1 lead.

Nash capped the scoring by tallying three minutes later.

Columbus' first pick in June's draft, Nikita Filatov had one shot in 12:17 of ice time in his first preseason game. The Russian returned to practice on Sunday after missing the first eight days of camp because of a hairline fracture in his right lower leg.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 2 2 5
    COLUMBUS 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - JIRI NOVOTNY 3 (DEREK DORSETT, MARC METHOT) 3:03
    BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 3 (DANIEL PAILLE, JASON POMINVILLE) 17:40
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 1 (UNASSISTED) 6:48
    BUF - (PP) ALES KOTALIK 2 (JAROSLAV SPACEK, JOCHEN HE

    Oct 2 9:38 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 5
    COLUMBUS 2
    3RD PRD: COB - RICK NASH 3 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, MIKE COMMODORE) 12:09

    Sabres 5, Blue Jackets 2  3rd - 7:51Oct 2 9:23 PM


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    BUFFALO 5
    COLUMBUS 1
    3RD PRD: BUF - NATHAN GERBE 2 (UNASSISTED) 9:04

    Sabres 5, Blue Jackets 1  3rd - 10:56Oct 2 9:14 PM


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    BUFFALO 4
    COLUMBUS 1
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) TEPPO NUMMINEN 1 (DEREK ROY, ALES KOTALIK) 0:47

    Sabres 4, Blue Jackets 1  3rd - 19:13Oct 2 9:00 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 2 3
    COLUMBUS 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - JIRI NOVOTNY 3 (DEREK DORSETT, MARC METHOT) 3:03
    BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 3 (DANIEL PAILLE, JASON POMINVILLE) 17:40
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 1 (UNASSISTED) 6:48
    BUF - (PP) ALES KOTALIK 2 (JAROSLAV SPAC

    Oct 2 8:49 PM


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    BUFFALO 3
    COLUMBUS 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) ALES KOTALIK 2 (JAROSLAV SPACEK, JOCHEN HECHT)
    15:47 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Sabres 3, Blue Jackets 1  2nd - 4:13Oct 2 8:33 PM


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    BUFFALO 2
    COLUMBUS 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 1 (UNASSISTED) 6:48

    Sabres 2, Blue Jackets 1  2nd - 13:12Oct 2 8:11 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1
    COLUMBUS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - JIRI NOVOTNY 3 (DEREK DORSETT, MARC METHOT) 3:03
    BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 3 (DANIEL PAILLE, JASON POMINVILLE) 17:40
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUF 7

    Oct 2 7:44 PM


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    BUFFALO 1
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 3 (DANIEL PAILLE, JASON POMINVILLE) 17:40

    Sabres 1, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 2:20Oct 2 7:43 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: COB - DEREK DORSETT 2 (ALEXANDRE PICARD, MARC METHOT) 3:03

    Sabres 0, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 16:57Oct 2 7:17 PM
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