Sabres Strike Oil, Down Edmonton 10-2
Buffalo got a much needed offensive surge scoring three power play goals and one shorthanded to improve to 8-3 in January.
Drew Stafford had a hat trick, Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek each scored a goal and added two assists as the Sabres racked up their highest season score total. Eleven Sabers’ players had at least a point in the win. Jason Pominville, Clarke MacArthur, Ales Kotalik, and Craig Rivet each had two assists.
Buffalo jumped ahead early and never looked back scoring three goals in the first. Drew Stafford scored his tenth of the season, Nathan Paetsch scored his first, and Derek Roy scored his nineteenth.
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Erik Cole scored on the power play in the second to get Edmonton on the board but the Sabres continued to roll adding four more courtesy of Jochen Hecht, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly (power play), and Jaroslav Spacek (power play).
Stafford scored twice in just a minute and twenty seconds apart, once on the power play and then in even strength to make it 9-1 midway through the third.
Robert Nilsson added one for the Oilers but Tim Connolly scored his second of the game, shorthanded, just over a minute later to push the score into double digits.
Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers played most of the game for Edmonton surrendering 7 goals on just 29 shots but his replacement, starter Dwayne Roloson didn’t fare much better, surrendering 3 goals on just 8 shots in mop up duty.
Ryan Miller didn’t have to do much but he did stop 36 shots to secure his 22nd win of the season. He’s now 8-2 in the month of January with a 2.7 GAA and .920 save percent.
The Sabres still remain in the seventh slot of the east and are 4 points behind Philadelphia for the sixth slot but are also only 5 points out of the five seed.
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