Thrashers 5, Sabres 4
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Jason Botterill scored with 1:09 to play as the Atlanta Thrashers overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Botterill scored his first goal of the season when he got behind Buffalo goalie Martin Biron and tapped the puck in.
Ray Ferraro and Ed Ward scored in the second period to draw the Thrashers within a goal, and Denny Lambert tied it on a partial breakaway 18 seconds into the third.
Miroslav Satan scored two goals, and Stu Barnes and Brian Holzinger added goals for the Sabres, who found themselves embroiled in another shootout after splitting a home-and-home series with Toronto that produced 17 goals.
The Sabres scored two power-play goals after entering the game with a league-worst 8.8 percent success rate.
The expansion Thrashers have won just two of their last 13 games, including two ties and two losses in overtime. They also lost six straight in that stretch.
Buffalo, which has won one of its last five games, scored three goals in the first period.
Satan was standing near the post on goalie Scott Frankhouser’s glove side when he one-timed Michal Grosek’s pass from the corner for his 18th goal at 1:40.
Satan scored a nearly identical goal on a power play at 11:47, snapping in a pass from the corner by Stu Barnes.
Shannon, a former Buffalo player, made it 2-1 with a slap shot over Biron’s glove on a power play with 5:40 left in the first.
Barnes made it 3-1 with the Sabres’ second power-play goal with seven seconds left in the first, sweeping Jason Woolley’s pass from the left circle past Frankhouser.
Buffalo seemed headed for a blowout when Holzinger scored at 8:42 of the second period.
Ferraro scored his ninth, tapping in the rebound of a shot by Shannon, on a power play with 5:15 left in the second period.
Ward added the Thrashers’ second short-handed goal of the season with 2:56 left in the period.
Lambert then tied it, scoring off his own rebound.