Sabres prevail in shootout

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ales Kotalik scored the decisive shootout goal, capping the Buffalo Sabres' come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Chris Drury tied the score with 39.1 seconds left in the third period. Jason Pominville and Paul Gaustad also scored in regulation for the Sabres. Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots and allowed only one goal on four shootout attempts in helping Buffalo defeat one of the NHL's hottest teams.

Markus Naslund, Taylor Pyatt and Jan Bulis scored for the Canucks, who lost for only the second time in 12 games and also had a six-game road win streak snapped.

After both teams scored once on each of their first three shootout attempts, Kotalik scored when he faked going to the forehand and lifted a backhander into the top of the net over Canucks goalie Dany Sabourin.

Miller then got his blocker up to stop Josh Green on the Canucks' final attempt.


Manny Fernandez blocked 24 shots to post his second shutout this season, and Marian Gaborik scored two goals to lead visiting Minnesota to a victory over slumping Chicago.

Stephane Veilleux also scored for the Wild, who handed the Blackhawks their eighth consecutive loss.

The Wild, who entered the NHL in 2000-01, posted a franchise-record fourth straight road win. Minnesota has also won four of its last five overall.

Gaborik extended his point-scoring streak to five games, with seven goals and an assist during the span. Friday's game was his seventh after missing 34 with a strained groin.

Fernandez wasn't heavily tested in recording his 13th career shutout.

The Blackhawks, 0-6-2 in their last eight overall, also lost dropped to 0-5-2 in their last seven at home. Chicago last won the United Center, 2-1 over Dallas, on Dec. 26.

Brian Boucher made 23 saves in his first start since Dec. 9 for Chicago, which is 1-8-2 in its last 11.


Dan Fritsche, Alexander Svitov and Adam Foote scored goals and Fredrik Norrena made 41 saves to lead host Columbus past Detroit.

The Blue Jackets, 24th in the NHL on the power play, scored twice in eight man-advantage chances while the Red Wings were 0-for-6.

Norrena had a big night in goal, a day after Columbus tied a franchise record by being shut out for the 11th time this season.

With the Red Wings trailing 2-1 and buzzing the net late in the game, Foote provided the insurance goal when his blast from the point hit off Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios' leg and slipped past a surprised Dominik Hasek.

Johan Franzen scored at the 4:53 mark of the third to end Norrena's shutout. The Red Wings, down 2-0 at the time, own the longest streak of consecutive games without a shutout in the NHL at 169 games.

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