NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Edmonton
(Monday, January 16th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Maxim Afinogenov scored the game-winning goal in the final frame and added an assist, as the Buffalo Sabres knocked off the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, at Rexall Place.
Ryan Miller had a solid game in net making 22 saves for the Sabres, who have won two in a row.
Tim Connolly and Derek Roy tallied the other goals for the Sabres, who began their six-game road trip on a positive note.
Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who have dropped three in a row and seven of their last 10 games.
Jussi Markkanen allowed three goals on 19 shots in defeat.
"Every goalie we play against seems to have the game of his life against us," said Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff. "We created some excellent chances but we couldn't finish any of our chances off. Even with all the penalties we had to kill, I think we created enough offense to win the game, but when he's (Miller) making save after save, all you can do is keep shooting."
The Oilers jumped out early with Hemsky netting his 13th goal of the season 3:35 into the contest.
The Sabres evened the score at 1-1 at the 17:38 mark with a power-play goal from Connolly. The center controlled the puck in the neutral zone and dashed into the Edmonton zone and from between the circles, unleashed a wrister that slipped through Markkanen's five-hole.
With the game knotted at 1-1 in the final frame, Afinogenov pushed the Sabres ahead with a power-play tally. The forward set up along the right boards and as the defense backed off, he skated into the slot and let go a wrist shot that once again blitzed through Markkanen's pads.
With 6:24 to go in regulation, Roy one-timed a cross-ice feed from Afinogenov inside the right circle that a sliding Markkanen could not get over in time to stop, giving the Sabres a 3-1 lead.
"Maxim is such a dangerous player with the puck, he draws players to him, especially after scoring a goal like that," said Roy. "I look for that, you seem to get a little more space when Maxim has the puck, so it's my job to get to an open spot, because he usually finds a way to get the puck to you. He made a great pass and all I had to do was hit the net."
Edmonton did not generate any quality scoring chances the rest of the way and managed only four shots on goal in the third period.
The Sabres improved to 14-6-1 on the road this season...Buffalo won for the first time in its last nine meetings between the clubs and first time in the last five trips to Rexall Place...The Oilers dropped to 11-9-2 on home ice...Defenseman Teppo Numminen picked up two assists for the Sabres...Buffalo went 2-for-11 with the man advantage while Edmonton was scoreless in five chances.
01/17 01:08:02 ET