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.