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Connolly, Lalime help Sabres jolt Coyotes

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Tim Connolly scored a pair of

goals and set up two others and Patrick Lalime made 29 saves as

the Buffalo Sabres posted a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes

on Friday.

Defenseman Andrej Sekera recorded a goal and an assist and Jason

Pominville and Drew Stafford netted power-play tallies for the

Sabres, who have won two in a row after suffering a three-game

losing streak.

Filling in for the injured Ryan Miller, Lalime went 0-2-1 in

three starts despite allowing only six goals prior to shining in

a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, when he

notched his first win since December 13.

Since breaking that 0-5-1 skid, the 34-year-old has turned aside

67 of 69 shots he has faced in the last two contests.

Newly acquired Matthew Lombardi scored a power-play goal for

Phoenix, which had snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1

victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins on


Connolly opened the scoring at 7:07 of the first period and

Sekera collected his third tally of the season 78 seconds later,

accepting a feed from Connolly and firing a hard slap shot from

the high slot that sailed by Ilya Bryzgalov.

With 5:43 remaining in the second, Connolly converted a

power-play goal for his 13th goal of the season and a 3-0 lead.

Lombardi, who was traded along with Brandon Prust and a draft

pick from Calgary for Olli Jokinen prior to Wednesday's NHL

trade deadline, cut the deficit at 6:52 of the third to spoil

Lalime's shutout bid.

Buffalo ballooned its advantage when Pominville and Stafford

scored power-play goals in a 37-second span late in the session.

Bryzgalov finished with 26 saves for the Coyotes, who fell for

the 13th time in 17 games since the All-Star break.


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