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Anaheim doubles up Sabres 6-3

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- Welcome once again into the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, where the Buffalo Sabres host the Anaheim Ducks for their only meeting in downtown Buffalo this regular season. Unfortunately for local fans, they will miss the Teemu Selanne farewell tour. The "Finnish Flash" suffered an injury earlier this week that required oral surgery and resulted in the loss of several teeth. 

The Sabres have made a surprise roster move today, waiving Angola native Patrick Kaleta with the intent of sending him to the AHL if he clears through. The move coincides with the end of the forward's 10-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson. For more from today's morning skate, click here for Paul Hamilton's pregame report.

Be sure to add your comments in the thread below, while I will add my two cents in between the scoring plays. And be sure to give a follow to Brian Koziol and myself on Twitter: @BrianWGR and @PatWGR.

First Period

18:47 - Again the Sabres have a good first minute of the game, keeping the puck in the Anaheim zone for most of the start. However, there were no shots on goal during the sequence, and the Ducks went right down to the other end and controlled the play. 

14:52 - An early penalty to Francois Beauchemin for knocking down Steve Ott from behind does not yield any results. It was another case of not really getting set up in the offensive zone during the two minute man advantage. Each side has just one shot on goal just over five minutes into the game. 

10:00 - Halfway through the period and the Sabres have made a couple of nice plays to put themselves in position to score. Drew Stafford had a near breakaway chance stopped by Jonas Hiller. Still scoreless halfway through the frame.

3:26 - This period has flown by with so few whistles. Shots are 7-6, Buffalo. 

1:40 - Another :40 to go in Henrik Tallinder's minor. The Sabres have been playing this penalty kill very well.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
ANA: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: 17:01 - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., hooking). 18:34 - Tyler Myers (2 min., interference). 
ANA: 3:03 - Francois Beauchemin (2 min., cross checking).

Shots on Goal

BUF - 7, ANA - 7

Second Period

19:25 - Buffalo is able to kill off the remaining :35 of Tyler Myers' minor from the opening period. Despite a chance late in the PP, Anaheim really did not have any good scoring chances. A faceoff win in the defensive zone 3-on-5 helped Buffalo kill the last of Tallinder's penalty.

13:49 - I am impressed with Buffalo's defensive responsibility in the game so far. There have been some rebound chances out in front of the net, but the blue and gold's defense is there to cover up and bail out Jhonas Enroth.

12:45 - SABRES GOAL. A nice give-and-go play between Cody Hodgson and Matt Moulson results in a power play goal. Hodgson drove the net, and when he got to the front Moulson greeted him with a nice tape-to-tape pass that the centerman could slam past Hiller for the game's first goal. 1-0 BUF.

10:18 - DUCKS GOAL. Another example of the give-and-go as Ryan Getzlaf wires a beautiful wrist shot over the left shoulder of Jhonas Enroth. The Ducks captain and Dustin Penner broke in over the left wing side and created the score. 1-1 tie.

7:35 - Corey Perry had a nice chance on goal that Enroth is able to stop. It was a loose puck in the Buffalo end that Perry was able to chip on goal and right into the stomach of the Sabres goalie.

4:42 - DUCKS GOAL. A good screen setup in front of the Buffalo goal by Daniel Winnik allowed Sami Vatanen to wire a wrist shot into the net to give Anaheim the lead. I do not think Enroth saw the shot until the very last second. 2-1 ANA.

4:08 - DUCKS GOAL. That did not take very long for Anaheim to double their lead. This time some weak defense around the Sabres crease allowed Emerson Etem to break free and chip home a second chance opportunity. 3-1 ANA.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: 7:15 - Cody Hodgson (5) PPG (Matt Moulson, Mark Pysyk).
ANA: 9:42 - Ryan Getzlaf (6) (Dustin Penner, Francois Beauchemin). 15:18 - Sami Vatanen (1) (Andrew Cogliano, Daniel Winnik). 15:52 - Emerson Etem (2) (Mathieu Perreault, Devante Smith-Pelly).

Penalty Summary

BUF: 12:41 - Steve Ott (2 min., holding)
ANA: 6:34 - Peter Holland (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 5 (12), ANA - 14 (21)

Third Period

15:10 - DUCKS GOAL. WOW. That is all I have to say about the Corey Perry bomb that rose into the top left corner of the Sabres' net and has upped the Anaheim lead to 4-1. That was a goal scorer's goal if I ever saw one. 4-1 ANA.

14:31 - DUCKS GOAL. Another goal for Emerson Etem as he was all alone in the slot when Mathieu Perreault tossed the puck to the front of the net. Woof. Ron Rolston is now using his time out. 5-1 ANA

13:03 - SABRES GOAL. Henrik Tallinder simply throws the puck at the net from the blue line, and a "fly by" by Moulson is enough of a screen Hiller and get Buffalo their second goal of the night. 5-2 ANA.

5:43 - Things have settled down and the seconds continue to tick down off of the clock. Other than the three goals this period, it has been very uneventful and boring.

5:01 - SABRES GOAL. Tyler Myers pinches down low into the slot and is able to chip the puck home to get Buffalo within two goals. 5-3 ANA.

4:21 - DUCKS GOAL. Corey Perry walks in all along on the breakaway and sniped the top right corner of the net over Enroth's glove hand. Holy cow does Perry know how to snipe, that was a pretty goal. 6-3 ANA.

End of Game

Goal Summary

BUF: 6:52 - Henrik Tallinder (1) (Cody Hodgson, Matt Moulson). 14:59 - Tyler Myers (1) (Johan Larsson).
ANA: 4:50 - Corey Perry (7) (Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf). 5:29 - Emerson Etem (4) (Mathieu Perreault, Bryan Allen). 15:38 - Corey Perry (8) (Ryan Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm).

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
ANA: none

Shots on Goal

BUF - 5 (17), ANA - 8 (29)

Final Thoughts

As Paul Hamilton mentioned on the second intermission report, what a wasted first period by the Sabres. The team more than held their own through the first twenty minutes, even got the first goal of the game, but totally crumbled after that. Anaheim scored the next five goals before Henrik Tallinder's first of the year. Corey Tropp had a nice first game with the team tonight, but it was not nearly enough from the blue and gold to stop the Ducks. Perry and Getzlaf showed why they are counted on as leaders of the Anaheim team. Next up for the Sabres is a west coast road trip that begins on Tuesday night in San Jose. The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. against the Sharks, with pregame coverage on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550 beginning at 9:30 with Brian Koziol.

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