Sabres Slip Past Avs In OT

Sabres' Doug Gilmour raises his stick in the air to celebrate his shorthanded goal.
Stu Barnes beat Colorado goalie Patrick Roy on a breakaway 2:08 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday.

Curtis Brown and Doug Gilmour added goals for the Sabres, who were outshot 35-16 but got a solid performance from backup goalie Martin Biron.

Biron, giving Dominik Hasek a day of rest before Sunday's game at Dallas, finished with 33 saves as the Sabres beat Colorado for the third straight time in Denver.

Joe Sakic extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, and Peter Forsberg scored to run his point streak to six games for the Avalanche, who had won four straight.

Colorado erased a two-goal deficit in the second period but failed to break through against Biron in the third.

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  • Barnes ended it in overtime when he took a pass from Jean-Pierre Dumont and flipped a shot through Roy's legs for his 17th goal of the season.

    Dumont set up the breakaway when he took the puck away from Sakic deep in the Buffalo zone.

    Roy finished with 13 saves.

    Colorado, playing its first game in six days, trailed 2-0 before Forsberg scored midway through the second period. It was the Avalanche's first goal against Buffalo at home since Oct. 28, 1997 - a span covering 161 minutes, 22 seconds.

    The Avalanche tied the game when Sakic scored on power play with four seconds left in the period. At that point, Colorado had a 25-6 shot advantage.

    Buffalo, in the midst of a five-game road trip, took only three shots in the first period but scored on two of them.

    Brown converted a centering pass from Vladimir Tsyplakov after a Colorado turnover at 3:28 and Gilmour scored a power-play goal at 18:27.

    Jason Woolley set up Gilmour by drawing Roy out of position near the left post. Gilmour took the pass and put a shot between the legs of Colorado defenseman Ray Bourque, who moved in front of the net while Roy scrambled outside the crease.


  • Colorado D Greg de Vries returned after missing three games with a separated shoulder.
  • Roy surpassed 52,000 minutes and needs 527 more to pass Tony Esposito for third on the career list.
  • Hasek had started eight straight games before sitting Saturday. He is scheduled to start Sunday at Dallas.
  • Forsberg has six goals and 10 assists during his six-game point streak.

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