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Avalanche 4, Sabres 3 (OT)

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 4, Sabres 3 (OT)
Buffalo Sabres 3, Colorado Avalanche 4

DENVER (AP) - David Jones scored a power-play goal 4:17 into overtime and Peter Budaj stopped 37 shots, helping the Colorado Avalanche snap a two-game skid with a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Daniel Winnik, Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene also scored for the Avalanche, picking up the scoring slack in the absence of Paul Stastny, who was scratched just before the game with flu-like symptoms.

Tomas Fleischmann set up the decisive goal as he carried the puck into the zone and then dished it to Jones, who knocked it past goalie Ryan Miller.

Thomas Vanek, Jochen Hecht and Steve Montador scored for the Sabres, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.

Luke Adam nearly scored the go-ahead goal with around six minutes left in regulation. The only thing that kept his rolling shot out of the net was the stick of teammate Tyler Ennis as he reached into the goal area.

With Budaj on the ice, and the net essentially wide open, Adam's shot was bound for the back of the goal, but the puck hit Ennis' stick right at the goal line.

The play was reviewed, and it was determined that the puck didn't completely cross the line.

The Sabres took a 3-2 lead early in the third period when Hecht and Montador scored 1:03 apart.

The Avalanche took a quick timeout to regroup and answered when Duchene knocked in a rebound that was loose in front.

Winnik staked the Avalanche to a 1-0 lead late in the first period by beating Miller with a wrist shot on a breakaway. T.J. Galiardi set up the goal after flipping the puck up the ice to an awaiting Winnik.

The lead lasted only 33 seconds as the Sabres took advantage of a double-minor penalty on Ryan O'Byrne for high-sticking. Vanek, standing on the doorstep of the net, tapped in a pass from Drew Stafford for his team-leading 15th goal.

Buffalo then allowed a short-handed goal when Winnik sent a pass across the crease to O'Reilly, who knocked it past Miller to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

The Sabres began a three-game road swing through the Western Conference. They play San Jose on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday.

Notes: The Sabres played in Denver for the first time since Oct. 25, 2008, a game they lost in a shootout. ... Avs prospect Tyson Barrie will play for Canada in the gold-medal game of the World Junior Championship on Wednesday night against Russia. ... Sabres forwards Patrick Kaleta and Nathan Gerbe were scratched, along with D Chris Butler.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:16
COL
Daniel Winnik (7) ASST: TJ Galiardi (5), Peter Budaj (1)
1 - 0 COL
14:49
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (15) ASST: Drew Stafford (6), Tim Connolly (11)
1 - 1 Tie
16:03
COL
SHG - Ryan O'Reilly (5) ASST: Daniel Winnik (9)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:28
BUF
Jochen Hecht (5) ASST: Jason Pominville (12), Thomas Vanek (14)
2 - 2 Tie
05:31
BUF
Steve Montador (4) ASST: Drew Stafford (7), Paul Gaustad (9)
3 - 2 BUF
06:02
COL
Matt Duchene (16) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (14), Milan Hejduk (22)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
04:17
COL
PPG - David Jones (13) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (15), Ryan Wilson (7)
4 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:02
BUF
Andrej Sekera  Hooking against  Milan Hejduk
09:06
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Interference against  Philippe Dupuis
14:37
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Hi stick - double minor against  Tyler Ennis
19:20
BUF
Shaone Morrisonn  Interference against  TJ Galiardi
19:25
COL
Tomas Fleischmann  Tripping against  Andrej Sekera
2nd Period
02:06
COL
Brandon Yip  Too many men on the ice
05:43
BUF
Tim Connolly  Tripping against  Matt Duchene
14:47
COL
Daniel Winnik  Holding against  Mike Weber
15:41
BUF
Drew Stafford  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
09:39
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Cross checking against  Thomas Vanek
13:11
COL
Adam Foote  Interference against  Thomas Vanek
OT Period
00:47
COL
Milan Hejduk  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
02:32
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Wilson
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
14-12-4
SA: 34TOI: 64:15
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 2
Peter Budaj
SA: 40TOI: 64:17
Saves: 37EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 17
SV%: .925SH: 0 - 0
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