Pickard, Tanguay lead Avs past Sabres

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Rookie Calvin Pickard made 28 saves to
backstop the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on
Saturday night.

Erik Johnson and Cody McLeod scored in the first period for the Avalanche, who
have earned at least a point in four straight games (2-0-2). In the third
period, Alex Tanguay scored twice and set up John Mitchell for a power-play
goal.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 18-of-22 shots for Buffalo, which has been outscored
10-2 while dropping its last two on the heels a four-game winning streak.

Johnson joined the rush, gathered a feed from Nathan MacKinnon and fired the
puck past Enroth’s right pad 2:23 into the game.

McLeod tapped in Ryan O’Reilly’s pass through the legs of Enroth for a short-
handed goal at the 7:07 mark of the first.

Tanguay took a feed from Jarome Iginla and beat Enroth high on the glove side
with a wrist shot at 1:51. He then dished to Mitchell, who buried a shot from
the slot at 5:09.

Mitchell was back in the lineup after missing seven games with a leg injury.

Johan Larsson spoiled Pickard’s shutout bid with his first NHL goal at 13:27.
Larsson was recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League to replace
Matt Moulson, who was a late scratch because of an illness.

Tanguay scored into an empty net with 26 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

The Avalanche have won eight straight meetings with the Sabres … Iginla
collected three assists … Buffalo forward Tyler Ennis played in his 300th
career game … Avalanche forward Patrick Bordeleau made his season debut
after recovering from a back injury … Colorado forward Maxime Talbot picked
up his 100th career assist … The Avalanche wrap up their three-game road
trip Sunday in Detroit.