Hockey Fan Forums banner

Afinogenov scores tying, shootout goals as Sabres edge Canadiens 5-4

666 Views 1 Reply 2 Participants Last post by  BE-LEAF-ABLE
Canadian Press
Oct 6, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Maxim Afinogenov forced overtime with 15 seconds left in regulation and then scored in a shootout, rallying the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night and spoiling Guy Carbonneau's head coaching debut.

Buffalo's Thomas Vanek had two assists and also scored in the shootout, while the Canadiens failed on their two shootout attempts - the last when Alex Kovalev had goaltender Ryan Miller down, but snapped his shot off the right post.

Vanek then scored on his shootout, snapping a shot past Cristobal Huet.

The Sabres won their home opener with a wild finish, three times overcoming two-goal deficits and twice in the third period.

Daniel Briere, Jiri Novotny and Jason Pominville also scored in regulation, giving Buffalo a win in its home opener and its second consecutive shootout win. The Sabres were coming off a 3-2 shootout win at Carolina on Wednesday.

Saku Koivu had two goals and an assist for Montreal, while Chris Higgins had a goal and two assists and Michael Ryder added a goal and an assist.

And the Sabres comeback got a booing crowd - unhappy with the officials after the Sabres were penalized three times in a 74-second span - on its feet when Afinogenov forced overtime.

The tying goal came with the Sabres' net empty and was set up by co-captains Briere and Chris Drury, who dug the puck out from behind the Montreal net. Drury fed it in front to Vanek, whose shot dribbled under Huet, allowing Afinogenov to poke it in the open side.

The Canadiens appeared to have the game in hand several times, the last when Koivu scored - converting Kovalev's pass through the crease - during a two-man advantage with eight minutes left to put Montreal up 4-2.
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
I saw this game. Unbelievable!!!

The Sabres fans left the game at first near the end because they thought the refs were giving them a bad night (and they were down 4-2). They then cae back when the score was 4-3 after a breakaway goal by Gatineau boy, Danny Briere.

How they returned, I have no idea. Maybe they were let back in... I don't know. Is that even allowed? :dunno:

Anyway, Afinogenov then tied it with 14 seconds left. That was Souray's fault IMO. He should have had him on the side of the net, but he let the puck slip by and there Afinogenov was.

Anyway, they won it in the shootout... I don't like shootouts much to tell the truth.

Nonetheless, it was a great game as a whole.

For those who want to know, Niinimaa looked decent, and Latendresse played well.
See less See more
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.