Buffalo at Edmonton

Sabres drill Oilers for 10 goals, worst home loss in franchise history

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Oilers coach Craig MacTavish knew exactly how he felt about Edmonton's worst home loss in franchise history: "It was a debacle of monumental proportions."

Drew Stafford scored his first of three goals 10 seconds into the Buffalo Sabres' 10-2 rout of Edmonton on Tuesday.

"There were plenty of areas of our game plan that could be criticized," MacTavish said. "We were just chasing our tails all night. We're not as masochistic as it may seem watching that game. We have to execute our game plan a whole lot better than we did."

Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy had a goal and two assists apiece for the Sabres, who also got goals from Nathan Paetsch, Jochen Hecht, Jaroslav Spacek and Tim Connolly with a pair.

Buffalo (25-18-5) has won four of five and eight of 11 games.

"We worked really hard tonight and it was one of those games where everything was going in for us," Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur said. "It's a great confidence booster for us coming back from the break."

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff understood how his opponents were feeling.

"I've been behind the bench on a team where you have a night like that and it's tough," he said. "The harder they tried it seemed like the worse it was getting."

Erik Cole and Robert Nilsson tallied for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game winning streak. The loss on home ice eclipsed a 9-2 defeat to Chicago earlier this season.

"We didn't think that this could happen to us again," Edmonton assistant captain Steve Staios said. "Especially the way that we were playing of late. Hopefully the experience we have from trying to shake it off last time is the way to do it because we started playing better and got ourselves into a playoff position. You can't sugarcoat how tough a night it was but we have to put this behind us quickly and move on."

Edmonton had a disastrous start to the game as a mix-up between Lubomir Visnovsky and Ales Hemsky led to a goal just 10 seconds in. Vanek picked up the errant puck and fed Stafford who beat Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson for his 10th of the season.

Stafford, the nephew of longtime Oilers equipment manager Barrie Stafford, made it a nine-goal game with two goals just 1:18 apart midway through the third to record the hat trick.

"It was pretty ironic. I was pretty nervous before the game," Stafford said. "You don't get too hyped up and look into things too much, but this one was special for me, it was my first time here playing in front of my uncle seeing me live. Growing up and hanging out with him and that team, it was pretty special, pretty unique."

Just 61 seconds after Stafford started the scoring, Clarke MacArthur swung around from the back of the net and fed the puck to a pinching Paetsch for his first of the season.

The Sabres took a three-goal lead midway through the first on a goal sent in through Roloson's legs by Roy for his 19th. Roloson was replaced with rookie backup Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers after allowing three goals on eight shots.

Edmonton actually outshot the Sabres 18-11 in the first.

Two minutes into the second, the Sabres made it 4-0 when Pominville made a return pass to Hecht in close to the Oilers net, and Hecht was able to sweep the puck under a sprawling Deslauriers.

Edmonton got on the board with the game's first power-play goal with 6:37 to go in the second. Robert Nilsson found Cole streaking toward the net and his wrist-shot went in off of Ryan Miller.

Less than a minute later, Connolly scored a power-play goal for Buffalo.

The Sabres would make it 7-1 in the second on goals by Vanek, his 29th, and Spacek on the power play.

Nilsson scored with just 2:08 to go for Edmonton, but Connolly scored a short-handed to increase the lead.


  • The Oilers announced on Tuesday that they will be without center Sam Gagner for up to two weeks. Gagner has been hampered by a bum ankle that did not improve much during the All-Star break.
  • Bruising forward Zack Stortini returned to the Edmonton lineup from a leg injury.
  • Out with injuries for the Sabres were Patrick Kaleta (neck), Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Andrej Sekera (undisclosed), Teppo Numminen (jaw) and Henrik Tallinder (shoulder).
  • It was the Sabres' first appearance in Edmonton since Oct. 16, 2003.
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With a hat trick in a Buffalo rout, Drew Stafford has three personal reasons to smile and 10 in all. (AP)
With a hat trick in a Buffalo rout, Drew Stafford has three personal reasons to smile and 10 in all. (AP)
Buffalo  (25-18-5) «34310
Edmonton (24-20-3)0112
Three Stars
D. Stafford

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
T. Vanek

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
D. Roy

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
10.0Drew Stafford (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Vanek
01:11Nathan Paetsch (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: MacArthur
10:17Derek Roy (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Paetsch, Pominville
02:02Jochen Hecht (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Pominville, Roy
13:23Power Play - Erik Cole (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Nilsson, Grebeshkov
14:19Power Play - Tim Connolly (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Vanek, Roy
17:40Thomas Vanek (28), Tip-In. Assist: Rivet
18:59Power Play - Jaroslav Spacek (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Rivet, Kotalik
11:22Power Play - Drew Stafford (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Gaustad, Kotalik
12:40Drew Stafford (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Connolly, MacArthur
17:52Robert Nilsson (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Souray, Gilbert
18:45Short - Tim Connolly (7), Backhand Shot. Assist: Hecht
Penalty Summary
07:44Stafford, 2 min, Cross-Checking
11:30Paille, 2 min, Hooking
02:29Staios, 2 min, Hooking
08:29Cole, 2 min, Hooking
08:46Souray, 2 min, Slashing
09:41Roy, 2 min, High-Sticking
11:45Rivet, 2 min, Hooking
14:03Pouliot, 2 min, Hooking
14:35Kotalik, 2 min, Hooking
18:43Moreau, 2 min, Cross-Checking
09:43Reddox, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
13:07Rivet, 2 min, Hooking
18:06Paille, 2 min, Slashing
18:53Spacek, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Ryan Miller59:27362
Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers49:30227
Dwayne Roloson10:1753
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
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Referees - Steve Kozari, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Mark Wheler
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