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Second straight two-goal game for Pyatt

10/25/2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Playing on a line with Daniel Briere and Chris Drury has turned Taylor Pyatt into a more productive player.

Pyatt scored the tiebreaking goal
with 11:56 remaining to cap his second consecutive two-goal game and Briere had three assists as the Buffalo Sabres rallied
for a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Friday night.

"It's a funny thing. Sometimes you get put with guys you've never played with before and it just seems to click," said Pyatt, who began the season with center Curtis Brown and right wing Maxim Afinogenov as linemates.

"I've been switched around quite a bit, but now I have the opportunity with Chris and Danny, and I'm trying to find as much open ice as I can and get open for those guys to find me. So you just try to ride the wave when you get a little confidence."

Joffrey Lupul scored his first NHL goal and Petr Sykora
connected on a power play for the Ducks, who are 0-6-2 in their
last eight games against Buffalo.

After getting outshot 17-6 and outscored 2-0 in the second
period, the Sabres tied it 2-all with 16:19 left to play. Dmitri Kalinin scored into a wide-open net from 25 feet after Briere's wraparound
attempt caromed out into the slot.

"We were fortunate to have the lead to begin with -- and for us
to come out the way we did in the third period is unacceptable,"
said Lupul, whose mother already was holding the puck from his
first goal during the third period. "Even before they tied it up,
we weren't playing with enough intensity or sustaining any pressure
in their zone. We quit playing hard."

Pyatt, who had a power-play goal and a short-handed goal in
Buffalo's 5-1 win at Los Angeles on Thursday, got his fifth of
the season when he converted his own rebound after getting a pass
from Briere.

Pyatt, in his third season with the Sabres since being obtained
in the Michael Peca trade, has 11 goals in his last 18
regular-season games.

"He's a young player who is just coming into his own," Sabres
coach Lindy Ruff said. "He was second on our team last year in
even-strength goals, which tells you that he scored the tough
goals. He got on a roll at the end of the year. I thought he
dominated tonight."

Adam Mair scored about four minutes later, beating
Jean-Sebastien Giguere high to the glove side after defenseman Todd Simpson failed to clear a rebound. J.P. Dumont ended the scoring on a short backhander with 3:26 left, while Sykora was off for slashing Alexei Zhitnik.

"It's a recurring theme for us right now -- spurts of hard work.
It's hurting us," Anaheim captain Steve Rucchin said. "We need to
start acting like professionals and do what's asked of us.

"We seem to play hard just when it's convenient for us. We
think we can go out there and take a couple of shifts off. The
other teams are taking advantage of that," Rucchin said.

Buffalo goalie Martin Biron turned aside two good scoring
chances 31 seconds apart by Vaclav Prospal and Sergei Fedorov
during an Anaheim power play early in the second period. But
Anaheim tied it 1-all just nine seconds after Briere finished
serving his boarding penalty, as Lupul stationed himself at the
left of the net and converted Rob Niedermayer's pass from the right
circle at 2:32.

The Ducks took a 2-1 lead at 15:51 of the second. Prospal's attempted centering pass for Rucchin caromed off the skate of Buffalo defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick and past Biron.

Game notes
Lupul, 20, was the seventh overall pick in the 2002 draft. ... The Sabres have
outscored their opponents 16-6 in their four victories -- and have
been outscored 18-2 in their four losses. ... Samuel Pahlsson, Craig Johnson and Jason Krog are the only forwards who have played all eight games for
Anaheim without recording a point. ... The Sabres have scored a power-play goal in six straight games.