"We obviously had a good run, but the game we played tonight
was a terrible game,'' Barnes said. "We're not going to make
excuses. It wasn't a good enough effort.''
While rookie goalie Ryan Miller was beaten on three of the first
eight shots he faced, he got little help from his defense, which
was guilty of both turnovers and standing around in its own zone.
Nashville's first two goals came during scrambles in front of
the net when Predators forwards outworked Sabres defenders to the
Hall opened the scoring five minutes in, jamming in a loose puck
during a scramble.
Yachmenev, with his first goal in 49 games, made it 2-0 by
tapping in Vladimir Orszagh's pass through the crease with 6:52
left in the period. Murray followed, snapping a shot from the right
circle that beat Miller inside the far post.
The Predators eventually built a 5-0 lead before Gratton
one-timed in Miroslav Satan's centering pass.
While the Predators rank second to last in the NHL in averaging
a little more than 2.2 goals a game, they have been more consistent
of late. Nashville has scored three or more goals in 13 of 17
"You just want to ride it while things are going well,'' Hall
said. "Maybe it's just the team's overall confidence is going up,
guys start shooting the puck with more confidence and the plays
start happening for us.''
Predators captain Greg Johnson logged more than 13 minutes
of ice time, returning to action after missing 44 games with
concussion-related symptoms. ... Hall's game-opening goal marked
the first time the Sabres allowed a first-period goal in seven
games. ... Nashville has yet to lose at Buffalo, improving to 3-0-1
in the Predators' five-year history -- the only NHL team the Sabres
have yet to beat at home. ... Predators LW Scott Hartnell had two
assists, extending his points streak to six games, a stretch in
which he has two goals and 10 points. ... Nashville is the NHL's
only team not to record a shutout this season.
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Arena: First Niagara Center Location: Buffalo, New York
Referees: Wes McCauley, Jay Sharrers Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Brad Kovachik
Attendance: 10,799 (57.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Adam Hall (12)
Assists: Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell
Vitali Yachmenev (1)
Assists: Vladimir Orszagh, Denis Arkhipov
Rem Murray (7)
Assists: Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall
Jason York (4)
David Legwand (13)
Assists: Andreas Johansson, Jason York
Chris Gratton (14)
Assists: Miroslav Satan, Taylor Pyatt