Buffalo Sabres

Ales Kotalik Sets New NHL Shootout Record

Brandon K.Correspondent IJanuary 20, 2009

Buffalo Sabres forward, Ales Kotalik, set a new NHL Shootout Record, Monday night, in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Kotalik was able to beat Florida goaltender, Thomas Vokoun, with his patented forehand to high backhand deke.

Kotalik's goal was his 10th game deciding goal in a shootout. Which is now, for the time being, first all-time.

Kotalik has been the Sabres best shooter in the shootout by far in the post-lockout era. He also ranks third all-time in shootout goals with 17 behind Slava Kozlov (19) and Jussi Jokinen (20).

It is no secret Sabres coach Lindy Ruff likes to use his skillful winger in the shootout. Ruff has chosen Kotalik to shoot first for the Sabres in all eight shootouts so far this season. Kotalik has cashed in on five of eight attempts, including his league leading four game deciding goals. Subsequently the Sabres have only lost two games this season in the shootout.

The Sabres know all too well the importance of having successful shooters in the shootout. Last season the Sabres were only able to win four of 13 games decided by the shootout.

This year, with the emergence of Kotalik and excellent play of goaltender Ryan Miller, the Sabres are one of the best in the league when the game ends in a shootout.

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