In their last 10 games, the Anaheim Ducks have a 7-2-1 record and continued their success with a demanding win over the ever suffering Buffalo Sabres. With only 2 wins so far this season, the Sabres seem to be going backwards instead of trying to move forward and win some games. They have young talent that should be able to skate faster and work harder than some of the teams they are playing against. Yet they seem to be unable to make clean passes and stay out of the penalty box.
The first period was all about the goalies as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Both Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth faced only 7 shots, but they were able to keep all 7 shots in front of them.
The second period was where the Ducks really started to shine. Buffalo got on the board first with a power play goal from Cody Hodgson, his 5th of the season. However, it didn’t take long for Anaheim to answer that goal with one of their own from Ryan Getzlaf, his 6th of the season. The Ducks would then get two more goals in the second, both within one minute of each other. One from Sami Vatanen, his first of the season, and the other from Emerson Etem, his 3rd of the season. Those were enough to get the Sabres on their heels and it seemed that Anaheim took the wind out of the Sabres sails.
Anaheim netted two more quick goals early in the 3rd, from Corey Perry, his 7th of the season, and another from Etem, now his 4th. Buffalo was finally able to get another shot past Hiller from Henrik Tallinder, his first of the season. The Sabres looked like they good be getting back a little momentum as they were able to score again in the 3rd, from Tyler Myers to bring them within 2 goals. That would once again not be enough as Corey Perry was able to score his second of the night roughly 40 seconds later to put the Ducks up 6-3 and that would be the end of the Sabres for the night.
Buffalo’s losing record continues as they still struggle to find the back of the net. They begin a three game west coast road swing against the San Jose Sharks next Tuesday. Anaheim finishes up their long road swing with a game against the New York Rangers next Monday.