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November 16, 2007

SABRES NOTEBOOK: MacArthur’s goal ends Buffalo’s ugly streak

BUFFALO — Clarke MacArthur’s first goal of the season was a big one, as the Rochester callup scored the winner in overtime against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 7.

But MacArthur’s second goal might have been more significant. His tally on Friday helped the Sabres end a string of 14 games in which they didn’t score the first goal.

Brian Campbell started the play with a nifty spin in the offensive zone, then found Derek Roy, who fired a shot on Cristobal Huet. After the Montreal goalie made the save, MacArthur knocked in the rebound.

MacArthur has also seen some time on the power play, a move that’s hardly surprising considering the winger’s success with the man advantage in the American Hockey League.

Five of MacArthur’s eight goals with Rochester this season came on the power play and 10 of his 21 markers last year did, as well.

“We’re looking for someone who can come off the half-wall and make a play,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “He’s been excellent.”

The Buffalo winger banged in another one in the second period, giving him his first multiple-goal game in the National Hockey League.

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For Roy, who missed a wide-open net in the first period against Ottawa on Thursday, Friday night’s game gave the winger a chance to relive the horror.

After Thomas Vanek’s sneaky move around a Montreal defender, he hit Huet with a weak shot from the side of the net. The puck jumped out to Roy, who had another open look. The puck hopped off Roy’s stick and sailed over the crossbar.

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With Nolan Pratt healthy and in the lineup, the Sabres sent defenseman Andrej Sekera back to Rochester on Friday. Sekera had one assist and six penalty minutes in 11 games with Buffalo. He was also a minus-7.

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