Los Angeles
Kings
28-29-16-9
Buffalo
Sabres
37-34-7-4

24 SOG
36 SOG
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game recap

Los Angeles Kings 3, Buffalo Sabres 8 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Los Angeles Kings 3, Buffalo Sabres 8 FINAL
Los Angeles Kings 3, Buffalo Sabres 8

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Henrik Tallinder knew his goal was important.

Little did the Buffalo defenseman realize it would be the first of a seven-goal outburst that sparked the Sabres to an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

``After that goal we just kept on jumping, we kept on scoring,'' Tallinder said. ``You could feel it just turning around.''

Maxim Afinogenov scored twice while Ales Kotalik and Daniel Briere had a goal an assist each as the Sabres overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring seven times in the final 24 minutes.

Rory Fitzpatrick had the go-ahead goal, and Chris Drury and Jochen Hecht also scored in Buffalo's best offensive outing since an 8-0 win over Atlanta on Nov. 8, 2001. The Sabres also won for the sixth time in seven games and improved to 9-2-2 in their last 13 home games.

For all the scoring, the Sabres credited Tallinder with providing the spark. His goal came after Buffalo endured a terrible start to the second period, allowing two Kings' goals, and failing to generate a shot on net for the first 12 minutes.

Things turned around remarkably when Tallinder's weak shot from the left circle appeared to deflect in off Kings defenseman Tomas Zizka, cutting Los Angeles' lead to 3-2 with 4:01 left in the second period.

Drury tied it with a breakaway goal less than two minutes later and then Fitzpatrick scored into an untended net, with goaltender Roman Cechmanek well out of position, to put the Sabres ahead for good with 70 seconds left in the frame.

``Chris Drury on the breakaway and Henrik Tallinder, those were the goals that really swung the momentum,'' Fitzpatrick said. ``We were able to feed off those and keep it going in the third.''

The Kings didn't appear to know what happened.

``For whatever reason, we stopped playing,'' said Ian Laperriere, who scored once for the Kings. ``I can't ever recall a game like that.''

Jozef Stumpel and Scott Barney each added a goal and assist for the Kings, who entered the game 4-0-4-2 in their last 10 road games. The eight goals against were the most Los Angeles has allowed since an 8-4 loss to Chicago on Dec. 18, 1999.

The Kings, in seventh place in the West, gave ground to eighth-place Nashville, which inched to within a point of Los Angeles following a 5-2 win over Washington.

The Sabres are playing strong, but can't seem to make up any ground in the East, where they are in ninth place. Buffalo remained seven points back of the eighth-place New York Islanders, who beat Phoenix, in the race for the conference's final playoff berth.

The Sabres appear unfazed, playing with confidence, evident in how they continued building on their lead in the third period, starting with Briere's power-play goal 34 seconds in that made it 5-3.

``There was no way they were coming back,'' Briere said. ``We had worked too hard to score those three goals. The confidence was on our side. We had the momentum.''

Briere's goal chased Cechmanek, who allowed five goals on 22 shots. It was the second time in four starts that he's been pulled. He was yanked after giving up three goals in the first 22 minutes of a 4-4 tie at Calgary on Feb. 3.

Backup Cristobal Huet gave up three goals on 14 shots. That included a pair to Afinogenov, who scored both his goals in a 1:26 span, to cap the Sabres surge with seven left.

Referee Ian Walsh was forced to leave the game with 2:35 left in the second period when he was struck in the right side of the head by Buffalo's Taylor Pyatt's high clearing attempt. He returned for the third.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:34
LAK
Jozef Stumpel (6) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Barney (6)
1 - 0 LAK
15:11
BUF
Ales Kotalik (13) Slapshot - ASST: Miroslav Satan (15), Daniel Briere (22)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:02
LAK
PPG - Scott Barney (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Alex Frolov (20), Jozef Stumpel (23)
2 - 1 LAK
12:04
LAK
Ian Laperriere (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Belanger (13), Sean Avery (13)
3 - 1 LAK
15:59
BUF
Henrik Tallinder (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Mair (12), Taylor Pyatt (8)
3 - 2 LAK
17:41
BUF
Chris Drury (12) Snap shot - ASST: Alexei Zhitnik (19), Ales Kotalik (10)
3 - 3 Tie
18:50
BUF
Rory Fitzpatrick (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (23), Ales Kotalik (11)
4 - 3 BUF
3rd Period
00:34
BUF
PPG - Daniel Briere (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexei Zhitnik (20), Miroslav Satan (16)
5 - 3 BUF
08:37
BUF
Jochen Hecht (7) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 3 BUF
11:29
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Derek Roy (7), Taylor Pyatt (9)
7 - 3 BUF
12:55
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov (12) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
8 - 3 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
04:30
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik  Holding - Obstruction against  Jaroslav Modry
08:44
LAK
Tomas Zizka  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Briere
10:05
BUF
Miroslav Satan  Hooking - Obstruction against  Esa Pirnes
12:43
BUF
Rory Fitzpatrick  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Sean Avery
12:43
BUF
J-P Dumont  Hi-sticking against  Mattias Norstrom
12:43
LAK
Sean Avery  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Rory Fitzpatrick
2nd Period
03:24
BUF
Taylor Pyatt  Slashing
04:10
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Hooking against  Mattias Norstrom
13:15
LAK
Trent Klatt  Hi-sticking against  Dmitri Kalinin
18:34
BUF
Adam Mair  Roughing against  Tim Gleason
18:34
LAK
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Adam Mair
19:07
LAK
Roman Cechmanek  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
02:08
BUF
Rory Fitzpatrick  Hooking against  Alex Frolov
18:19
LAK
Sean Avery  Roughing against  Maxim Afinogenov
18:19
LAK
Sean Avery  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Boulton
20:00
LAK
Sean Avery  Gross misconduct
goalie stats
Roman Cechmanek
SA: 22TOI: 40:34
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .773SH: 1 - 1
Cristobal Huet
SA: 14TOI: 19:26
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .786SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0