Jason LaBarbera Solid, But Coyotes Fall To Sabres In OT

LaBarbera's 30 stops weren't enough for the Coyotes, who fell 2-1 to the visiting Sabres.

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Shane Doan's Point Streak Snapped As Coyotes Fall In OT

The Phoenix Coyotes' woes in overtime continued on Saturday night, losing a heartbreak, 2-1, to the visiting Buffalo Sabres. The loss was the Coyotes' ninth in the extra frame this year, with just two wins after being one of the top teams in overtime and shootouts last season.

Phoenix's loss comes despite another solid performance from goaltender Jason LaBarbera. Just two nights after shutting out the Colorado Avalanche, "Barbzilla" nearly had another win on Saturday. The Coyotes couldn't muster up any offense to back their goalie, despite his 30 saves.

The lone goal for Phoenix came from Scottie Upshall, who extended his team lead in goals to 12. Shane Doan is second with 10.

Upshall's goal came after a Jordan Leopold power play goal midway through the second period. The seldom seen Wojtek Wolski was hit with a tripping penalty, leading to the Buffalo goal just eight seconds later. Drew Stafford scored the OT winner for Buffalo.

The Coyotes outshot the Sabres all game, with the exception of its most crucial part. Phoenix managed just one shot in the overtime, compared to four from Buffalo. They outshot the Sabres 34-32 for the game, but Ryan Miller wouldn't allow any offense for Phoenix.

After losing seven overtime games all of last season, the Coyotes have now lost nine here in early January. They've won just two games decided in the extra frame.

The Coyotes will now hit the road for a pair of matchups against Central Division teams. They'll meet the St. Louis Blues on Monday and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Both teams currently trail Phoenix in the Western Conference standings.


Phoenix Coyotes Host Buffalo Sabres In Glendale, 6 P.M. AZT

(Sports Network) - Goals have been coming in bunches for the Coyotes and Sabres as of late, but both clubs are coming off strong defensive efforts as well.

Phoenix may be the one that sees its offense shut down tonight as it looks to halt a four-game slide to Buffalo at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes have scored 20 goals over their last five games, but got just a pair from Taylor Pyatt in Thursday's 2-0 victory over Colorado. It was Phoenix's second victory in a row following a 2-4-1 stretch.

With Ilya Bryzgalov having left the team for a family medical situation, Jason LaBarbera stepped up with 34 saves for his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career.

"We did a good job of not turning pucks over in our zone," said LaBarbera. "That sure makes my job a lot easier -- it feels good when I can help the guys get the win."

Phoenix did reassign goaltender Matt Clime to San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Friday, so Bryzgalov should dress tonight. He is 1-3-0 with a 3.57 goals-against average versus the Sabres, while LaBarbera is 0-2-0 with a 4.37 GAA when facing them.

Captain Shane Doan had an assist against Colorado to run his point streak to eight games. He has six goals and seven helpers over that run as well as five goals and 14 points in 20 career games against the Sabres.

Doan will try to lift his club tonight to its first victory over Buffalo since Jan. 21, 2008. Phoenix has been outscored, 16-4, in four losses since and was blasted, 7-2, when the teams last met on Jan. 18 of last year in Phoenix.

Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht both had a goal and two assists in that win, while Vanek has a pair of goals and four assists in six career games versus the Coyotes.

Buffalo has won two straight and four of its last five in Phoenix, and is coming off Thursday's 3-0 triumph in San Jose. Ryan Miller made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season and 20th of his career.

Miller is a perfect 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and one shutout in his career versus the Coyotes.

Vanek scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season and both Hecht and Luke Adam also tallied for the Sabres, who have won three of four and gave head coach Lindy Ruff his 500th career victory.

Ruff, who was hired prior to the 1997-98 season, is by far the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL and tied legendary Montreal Canadiens coach Toe Blake for third on the all-time list of wins with one team.

Buffalo is 1-0-1 on a three-game road trip but has still lost eight of its last 11 as the guest.

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