October 23, 2014

NHL Story
By Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: February 1, 2014 05:43:51 PM


Avalanche 7, Sabres 1

DENVER -- Left winger Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, left winger Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, and the Colorado Avalanche used a strong start to beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Saturday.
Center Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists and right winger Marc-Andre Cliche scored his first NHL goal.
Goaltender Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves and also had an assist for the Avalanche.
Colorado is headed on a four-game Eastern Conference road trip before the Olympic break and won't play another home game until Feb. 26. The Avalanche finished this short two-game homestand with a convincing win over a Buffalo team they have dominated since the lockout nine years ago.
The Sabres have lost seven straight to Colorado, four in overtime or in a shootout. It's their longest current drought against any team.
Right winger Matt D'Agostini scored for Buffalo and goalie Ryan Miller allowed five goals on 27 shots before being pulled in favor of Jhonas Enroth to start the third. Enroth finished with 10 saves.
Colorado made sure their mastery of the Sabres continued with three goals in the first period. Defenseman Barrie scored 7:37 into the game, McGinn scored at the end of a double-minor and Landeskog made it 3-0 with a goal 58 seconds later.
Cliche gave the Avalanche a 4-0 lead 6:05 into the second period.
D'Agostini scored a power-play goal midway through the second but MacKinnon answered with his 20th of the year five minutes later to restore the four-goal lead.
Landeskog scored his 16th of the season early in the third and McGinn made it 7-1 midway through the period with his 14th.
Defenseman Erik Johnson finished with three assists.
NOTES: Avalanche C Paul Stastny was scratched with an ankle injury suffered in Thursday's win over Minnesota. Stastny was hurt late in the third period. ... Buffalo D Christian Ehrhoff was back in the lineup after missing one game with an illness. ... Colorado RW Alex Tanguay was scratched after tweaking his knee Thursday. Tanguay missed almost two months with knee and hip ailments. He has a goal and assist in three games since returning Jan. 24. ... Buffalo assistant coach Joe Sacco returned to Pepsi Center for the first time since being let go as Colorado's coach. Sacco led the Avalanche for four seasons (2009-13). ... Avalanche RW P.A. Parenteau returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games


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