Thrashers 4, Sabres 3, OT

Dustin Byfuglien had a feeling, a good one.

Byfuglien split two defenders and beat Ryan Miller with a wrist

shot at 4:31 of overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3

victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

”I knew I was going to shoot for sure,” Byfuglien said. ”I

just didn’t know where. I had the ice. I took it. I made a couple

of moves, and it ended up in the net.”

”It was a nice shot. He (Byfuglien) has lots of speed,” Miller

said. ”I didn’t see how he wanted to set it up. He just let the

puck go. He had a long time to make a decision.”

Buffalo tied it with 8 seconds left in regulation when Derek Roy

tipped Jordan Leopold’s shot past Chris Mason with Miller off for

an extra attacker. It was Roy’s sixth goal.

Niclas Bergfors put Atlanta ahead 3-2 50 seconds into the third

period on a power play goal with two Buffalo players in the penalty

box after Atlanta had overcome a 2-0 first-period deficit. He also

had a goal and an assist Wednesday night in the Thrashers’ victory

over the New York Rangers. Alexander Burmistrov scored his first

NHL goal, and Nik Antropov also scored for Atlanta.

”When you have a 5-on-3, you can expect that,” Miller said.

”He (Bergfors) got a back-door play. I made a critical error

trying to get the puck set up.”

Tim Connolly and Leopold had first period goals for Buffalo.

”We got ourselves back in it. It was just a matter of us

staying with our composure,” Byfuglien said.

Antropov and Burmistrov tied it at 2 in the second period.

”Heck of a comeback for the guys tonight,” Mason said.

Antropov scored Atlanta’s first goal and his first of the season

on a power play with two Buffalo players in the penalty box.

Antropov, who scored 24 goals last season, beat Miller from in

close. It came at 9:53 on passes from Byfuglien and Toby

Enstrom.

The 19-year-old Burmistrov, Atlanta’s No. 1 draft pick and the

eighth choice overall this year, scored at 13:33. Burmistrov got

his first career assist against the Rangers on Wednesday night.

”It was amazing, unbelievable,” Burmistrov said. ”I was just

trying to play my game.”

Connolly scored his fourth goal from in close, converting a nice

pass from Cody McCormick at 4:51. Leopold scored at 11:12.

Atlanta had apparently tied it at 1 with 8:48 left in the

opening period on a goal by Chris Thorburn but officials waved it

off, calling a boarding penalty on Antropov just prior to the

score.

The Sabres had a two-man advantage for 1:18 early in the second

period, but failed to score. Buffalo had only four shots in the

period.

NOTES: Atlanta C Bryan Little left the game with facial

lacerations in the first period and did not return. … Atlanta G

Ondrej Pavelec, recalled from Chicago of the AHL on Thursday, was

the backup to Mason and will start Saturday night against St.

Louis. Pavelec started the season opener against Washington,

fainted and sustained a concussion 2:25 into the game. He hasn’t

played since. … Atlanta D Zach Bogosian returned after missing

six games because of a sore shoulder. … Buffalo D Shaone

Morrison, who missed five games with a back injury, was back in

action. … Buffalo beat the Thrashers in Atlanta 4-1 on Oct.

20.