Buffalo's Ryan Miller was pulled after giving up
three goals in the first 6 minutes and Jim Slater's third-period
goal gave the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the
Northeast-leading Sabres on Tuesday night.
After Miller's early exit, Patrick Lalime shut out the Thrashers
until Slater's tiebreaking goal with 6:44 remaining.
Niclas Bergfors' third assist set up Slater's shot in front of the net.
The Sabres have lost three straight and fell to 0-2 on their
five-game road trip. Buffalo began the night three points ahead of second-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division.
The Sabres trailed 3-1 after the first period before tying the
game early in the third period.
Tim Kennedy deflected Steve
Montador's shot past Johan Hedberg for a 3-3 tie.
Matt Ellis and Jason Pominville also scored for the Sabres.
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