Sabres 4, Kings 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

BERLIN (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres were in no hurry to leave Europe after sweeping their first two games.

"The only tough part about coming over here is now we've got to go back," coach Lindy Ruff said.

Luke Adam scored twice in a 2:20 span early in the second period to help the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Saturday night in the first NHL game in Germany.

Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo, coming off a 4-1 victory over Anaheim on Friday night in Helsinki. Ryan Miller made 31 saves, and Austrian star Thomas Vanek had two assists, giving him two goals and three assists in the two games in Europe.

"It's been great," Vanek said. "We came here with the goal of playing good hockey and winning two games and we did. But it's only two games in a year, there's a lot of work left."

With two Germans and Vanek, the Sabres enjoyed better support in Berlin despite forward Jochen Hecht being unavailable because of a head injury sustained in practice.

"It was a fantastic atmosphere," said Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, one of Buffalo's Germans.

Anze Kopitar scored twice for Los Angeles. He had a goal and an assist Friday night in the Kings' 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Stockholm.

After killing off a penalty, Buffalo took control at the O2 Arena with three-second period goals.

Adam opened the scoring with a wrist shot over Jonathan Bernier's glove, and made it 2-0 when he tapped in Vanek's pass from in front of goal. Gaustad made it 3-0 with 6:41 left in the period, deflecting Nathan Gerbe's shot past Bernier.

The Kings finally beat Miller with 39 seconds left in the period when Kopitar snapped a shot past the goalie's glove on a power play. Stafford beat Bernier on a power play at 3:58 of the third, Kopitar completed the scoring with 4:14 left.

Because of flight delays, the Sabres arrived at their Berlin hotel at 4:30 a.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
02:40BUF Luke Adam (1) ASST: Jason Pominville (3), Thomas Vanek (2) 1 - 0 BUF
05:00BUF Luke Adam (2) ASST: Thomas Vanek (3) 2 - 0 BUF
13:19BUF Paul Gaustad (1) ASST: Nathan Gerbe (1), Marc-Andre Gragnani (1) 3 - 0 BUF
19:21LAK PPG - Anze Kopitar (2) ASST: Jack Johnson (1), Drew Doughty (1) 3 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
03:58BUF PPG - Drew Stafford (1) ASST: Nathan Gerbe (2), Derek Roy (1) 4 - 1 BUF
15:46LAK Anze Kopitar (3) ASST: Justin Williams (2), Simon Gagne (1) 4 - 2 BUF
Three Stars of the Game
Luke Adam
Luke Adam
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:58
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:02
Anze Kopitar
Anze Kopitar
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:34
Penalty Summary
1st Period
14:09LAK Jarret Stoll  Roughing against  Christian Ehrhoff
19:06BUF Thomas Vanek  Interference against  Brad Richardson
2nd Period
09:53LAK Jack Johnson  Interference against  Tyler Ennis
18:16BUF Drew Stafford  Tripping against  Willie Mitchell
3rd Period
02:22LAK Kevin Westgarth  Cross checking against  Paul Gaustad
10:59BUF Nathan Gerbe  Slashing against  Brad Richardson
10:59LAK Brad Richardson  Roughing against  Nathan Gerbe
19:29LAK Drew Doughty  Cross checking against  Nathan Gerbe
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/2
Faceoff Wins2932
Blocked Shots1516
Penalty Minutes610
3J. LeopoldD00-12023:30
8C. McCormickC0001011:16
9D. RoyC01-11015:35
10C. EhrhoffD00-10023:57
17M. GragnaniD0130013:11
21D. StaffordR10-12215:48
22B. BoyesR0011012:42
23V. LeinoL0001012:49
24R. RegehrD0000021:21
26T. VanekL0211216:02
28P. GaustadC1013016:04
29J. PominvilleR0122015:40
36P. KaletaR0002014:48
42N. GerbeC0213216:10
44A. SekeraD0031015:43
57T. MyersD0001022:18
63T. EnnisC0002013:03
72L. AdamC2023014:58
30R. Miller3133.93960:00
2M. GreeneD00-11013:57
3J. JohnsonD01-13222:14
7R. ScuderiD00-13019:44
8D. DoughtyD0102228:45
10M. RichardsC00-24018:26
11A. KopitarC2015024:34
12S. GagneL0112020:13
13K. CliffordL00-1108:20
14J. WilliamsR0114016:56
15B. RichardsonR00-13211:03
17E. MoreauL00-11013:17
19K. WestgarthR00-1226:44
21S. ParseL0000012:06
22T. LewisC00-1009:27
23D. BrownR00-22018:28
27A. MartinezD00-10013:40
28J. StollC0000213:58
33W. MitchellD0000021:46
45J. Bernier2226.84658:15