BERLIN – The Buffalo Sabres were in no hurry to leave Europe after sweeping their first two games.
“The only tough part about coming over here is now we’ve got to go back,” coach Lindy Ruff said.
Luke Adam scored twice in a 2:20 span early in the second period to help the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Saturday night in the first NHL game in Germany.
Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo, coming off a 4-1 victory over Anaheim on Friday night in Helsinki. Ryan Miller made 31 saves, and Austrian star Thomas Vanek had two assists, giving him two goals and three assists in the two games in Europe.
“It’s been great,” Vanek said. “We came here with the goal of playing good hockey and winning two games and we did. But it’s only two games in a year, there’s a lot of work left.”
With two Germans and Vanek, the Sabres enjoyed better support in Berlin despite forward Jochen Hecht being unavailable because of a head injury sustained in practice.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere,” said Sabres defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, one of Buffalo’s Germans.
Anze Kopitar scored twice for Los Angeles. He had a goal and an assist Friday night in the Kings’ 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Stockholm.
After killing off a penalty, Buffalo took control at the O2 Arena with three-second period goals.
Adam opened the scoring with a wrist shot over Jonathan Bernier’s glove, and made it 2-0 when he tapped in Vanek’s pass from in front of goal. Gaustad made it 3-0 with 6:41 left in the period, deflecting Nathan Gerbe’s shot past Bernier.
The Kings finally beat Miller with 39 seconds left in the period when Kopitar snapped a shot past the goalie’s glove on a power play. Stafford beat Bernier on a power play at 3:58 of the third, and Kopitar completed the scoring with 4:14 left.
Because of flight delays, the Sabres arrived at their Berlin hotel at 4:30 a.m. local time.