Sabres Win Again on the Road

Tuesday, November 14th 2006, 6:14 am
By: News On 6

The bad news for the Buffalo Sabres is that six of their next nine games are at home.

The Sabres remained unbeaten on the road this season with a 7-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

While most teams hate the word ``at'' on their schedules, the Sabres seem to love seeing it.

``We pride ourselves in playing well on the road,'' Sabres center Adam Mair said. ``In this league the road is a tough place to play and a tough place to win. If you can pick up points on the road, it makes things a lot easier.''

The Sabres improved to 10-0 on the road, extending their NHL record for consecutive road wins at the start of a season.

The league record for consecutive road wins in a season is 12, set by the Detroit Red Wings last spring. The Sabres' current streak matched the franchise season record, set during the 1983-84 season.

Buffalo has won 14 straight on the road, dating to last season, but the NHL doesn't recognize streaks that span seasons.

After two home games, the Sabres are at Ottawa on Saturday. Three more at home will be followed by a trip to New York to meet the Rangers on Nov. 26. The record breakers could come on Dec. 2, at Washington.

In other NHL games on Monday, it was: Montreal 6, Ottawa 3; Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 2; Washington 4, Florida 1; Edmonton 2, Colorado 1; and Los Angeles 4, San Jose 2.

Mair's first goal of the season put Buffalo ahead 7:09 into the final period.

``When it was tied 3-3, it was good to score,'' Mair said. ``That was a big lift for our team. I think we settled into the third period after that.''

The Sabres added third-period goals by Derek Roy, Paul Gaustad and Jochen Hecht.

After losing to the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals last season, Buffalo has beaten Carolina all three times they have played this season.

Rod Brind'Amour tied it at 3 for Carolina at 6:23 of the third period, but Buffalo got three goals in a 6-minute stretch.

``We came back and got to our game and really started playing well,'' Brind'Amour said. ``Then we tied it up and gave them two goals. You can't do that against good teams. You have to make them earn it.''

Buffalo goaltender Martin Biron started his fourth straight game in place of the injured Ryan Miller. Biron, 6-0 this season, stopped 31 shots.

``They're a team that likes to throw everything at the net,'' Biron said. ``They did that for a while _ everything from the corners to the point. They were throwing everything at the net hoping to get a bounce. They got momentum off that. They got a lucky bounce for the first goal.''

Canadiens 6, Senators 3

Guillaume Latendresse scored power-play goals 31 seconds apart in the third period for visiting Montreal. Latendresse, a 19-year-old rookie, scored his second goal of the season 2:01 into the final period on a 5-on-3 advantage to put Montreal up 2-1.

Patrick Eaves scored Ottawa's first third-period power-play goal of the season, then Antoine Vermette added another goal with the man advantage to make it 4-3.

Cristobal Huet made 35 saves, including 16 in the first period when Montreal was outshot 17-7.

Penguins 3, Flyers 2

Evgeni Malkin scored with 2:03 to play to break a tie and host Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak. Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal also scored for the Penguins, who beat the Flyers for the third time this season.

Randy Robitaille and Geoff Sanderson scored for the Flyers, who have lost six in a row and continue to hold the worst record (3-12-2) in the Eastern Conference.

Capitals 4, Panthers 1

At Sunrise, Fla., Dainius Zubrus scored two goals and Olaf Kolzig stopped 44 shots for Washington. Alexander Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals, his sixth goal in his last five games.

Nathan Horton scored for the Panthers, who have lost four in a row.

Oilers 2, Avalanche 1

Ryan Smyth scored twice in a 1:53 span in the second period _ including visiting Edmonton's first short-handed goal of the season _ and Dwayne Roloson had 32 saves. The Oilers were one of just four teams without a short-handed goal before Monday night.

Jose Theodore had 31 saves as the Avalanche dropped their third straight.

Kings 4, Sharks 2

Dustin Brown scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 3:10 left in the third period for the Kings, who outshot visiting San Jose 34-18 in winning for only the fourth time in their last 17 games.

Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who were playing at Staples Center for the second time in five nights after beating the Kings 7-3 last Thursday.