Burakovsky, fluke goal, spark Avalanche's 6-1 rout of Sabres

Ruben Hill
February 7, 2020

Valeri Nichushkin also had a good game with three points.

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner was in the high slot attempting to point out where the puck went when Girard turned and scored from a bad angle just before Hutton could get across.

Burakovsky scored 45 seconds later, and the Avalanche sealed the win by scoring four times on 10 shots in the second period.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots in helping Colorado improve to 4-1-2 in its past seven. Colorado is, of course, lead in goals, points, and assists by superstar Nathan MacKinnon, who has been on an absolute tear of the season. "They're not fun to play".

These two teams are going in two different directions as the Colorado Avalanche has won most of their games recently while the Ottawa Senators have lost most of their games recently.

Ristolainen also happened to play a central role in Girard's goal. "I thought if I take two of their guys down, they only have three left". Sam Reinhart was the lone Buffalo player to find the back of the net. Colorado Avalanche is fourth in the National Hockey League in goals scored and is still in the top ten in goals allowed, showing their balance and strength.

The loss came on a day Sabres general manager Jason Botterill acknowledged owners Terry and Kim Pegula are unhappy with the team's inconsistencies.

"To put it bluntly, my conversations with Terry and Kim, they're frustrated with the results", he said. "They want better results".

The Sabres had a glorious opportunity to make up some ground coming off their 10-day break last week, but lost to the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens by a combined score of 8-3.

"You can understand our fans' frustration", Botterill said.

Cale Makar had an assist, giving him 38 points, a franchise record for a rookie defenseman. He shared the record with Bruce Bell, who had 37 points for the Quebec Nordiques in 1984-85.

INJURIES: Sabres: Kyle Okposo: out (upper body), Zach Bogosian: day to day (illness), Brandon Montour: day to day (lower body). Buffalo recalled F Rasmus Asplund from AHL Rochester.

UP NEXTAvalanche: Continue five-game road trip at Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. The game prior was a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, which snapped a three-game winning streak the Avalanche were on, defeating the San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, and the Detroit Red Wings.

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