Avalanche bounce back, ease past Sabres 4-2

Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly each had a
goal and an assist to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 win over
the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Paul Statsny also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28
saves for the Avalanche, who bounced back from their first loss of
the season against Detroit on Thursday.

Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno scored for Buffalo, which got
more than one goal for only the third time in 10 games this season.
The Sabres remained winless in six home games after finishing up a
stretch of four games in six days.

The Avalanche scored four times in the first 32 minutes and that
was more than enough against a Sabres team that has not scored that
more than three regulation goals in a game this season.

Foligno gave the Sabres some hope 1:05 into the third period,
getting the rebound of Henrik Tallinder’s shot and lifting the puck
over a fallen Giguere to cut Colorado’s lead to 4-2.

The Sabres outshot the Avalanche 16-4 in the third period, but
could not find the back of the net. A flurry of three close-range
shots with just under six minutes left in the game were all blocked
by Avalanche defenders.

Statsny scored his first goal of the season to give the
Avalanche a 4-1 lead 8:34 into the second period.

Hodgson put Buffalo on the board 5:31 into the second, streaking
up the right side and striking a slap shot from the top of the
circle past Giguere.

Duchene took a pass from O’Reilly in front of the net and
converted a power play 56 seconds into the second period to make it
3-0.

Landeskog gave Colorado a 2-0 lead with 8:03 left in the first
period, weaving up center ice on a delayed penalty and beating Ryan
Miller with a wraparound.

The Avalanche scored before the Sabres could get a shot on goal
when Duchene came from behind the net and fed O’Reilly on the left
side of the crease at 8:44 of the first period.

The Sabres’ first shot on goal came with 5:50 left in the first
period and drew a loud ovation from the crowd. Colorado outshot
Buffalo 14-3 in the first period. It was the second time this
season the Sabres have managed just three shots in a period.

NOTES: Buffalo added rookie D Nikita Zadorov to the active
roster Saturday and sent fellow first-round pick D Rasmus
Ristolainen to AHL Rochester. Zadorov can play up to nine games
with the Sabres before activating his entry-level contract. .
Colorado rookie C Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in this
year’s draft, will face fellow Nova Scotia native Sidney Crosby for
the first time Monday when the Avalanche play in Pittsburgh. .
Miller made 22 saves for Buffalo.