Patrick Lalime, Buffalo Sabres’ Rally, but Lose in 11th Round of Shootout

January 10th, 2010 by Brandon K. Leave a reply »

In what appeared to be another late rally by the Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Hendricks quieted the capacity crowd at the HSBC Arena, beating Patrick Lalime in the 11th round of a sudden-death shootout to earn a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

Hendricks faked a wrist shot in the slot to freeze Lalime, and then buried a backhand in the open cage.

“Well, it’s a lot of fun,” said Lalime of the shootout finish. “It would have been a lot more fun if we would have won.”

The Sabres’ backup made 27 saves in the loss, and remains one win shy of his 200th career NHL victory.

“He played really well,” said Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur. “It’s too bad we couldn’t get him one in the shootout. He made a lot of great saves and he battled hard tonight.”

Tim Connolly, Thomas Vanek, and Jochen Hecht scored for Buffalo in the shootout, but goaltender Craig Anderson stymied the rest of the Sabres’ shooters—including MacArthur—ending Buffalo’s win streak at six games.

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