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BERLIN -- The Buffalo Sabres were in no hurry to leave Europe after sweeping their first two games. "The only tough part about coming over here is now weve got to go back," coach Lindy Ruff said. Luke Adam scored twice in a 2:20 span early in the second period to help the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Saturday night in the first NHL game in Germany. Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo, coming off a 4-1 victory over Anaheim on Friday night in Helsinki. Ryan Miller made 31 saves, and Austrian star Thomas Vanek had two assists, giving him two goals and three assists in the two games in Europe. "Its been great," Vanek said. "We came here with the goal of playing good hockey and winning two games and we did. But its only two games in a year, theres a lot of work left." With two Germans and Vanek, the Sabres enjoyed better support in Berlin despite forward Jochen Hecht being unavailable because of a head injury sustained in practice. "It was a fantastic atmosphere," said Sabres defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, one of Buffalos Germans. Anze Kopitar scored twice for Los Angeles. He had a goal and an assist Friday night in the Kings 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Stockholm. After killing off a penalty, Buffalo took control at the O2 Arena with three-second period goals. Adam opened the scoring with a wrist shot over Jonathan Berniers glove, and made it 2-0 when he tapped in Vaneks pass from in front of goal. Gaustad made it 3-0 with 6:41 left in the period, deflecting Nathan Gerbes shot past Bernier. The Kings finally beat Miller with 39 seconds left in the period when Kopitar snapped a shot past the goalies glove on a power play. Stafford beat Bernier on a power play at 3:58 of the third, and Kopitar completed the scoring with 4:14 left. Because of flight delays, the Sabres arrived at their Berlin hotel at 4:30 a.m. local time. cheap jerseys wholesale . "I thought it was a good first step on the road to redemption, I guess you could say," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Friday before the start of a series against the Cincinnati Reds. Braun released a statement Thursday night acknowledging for the first time that he used a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while recovering from an injury in 2011, when he won the National Leagues MVP award. cheap jerseys .C. - Family was the prevailing theme as NASCAR inducted its third, and most diverse, class into the Hall of Fame. LOUIS -- Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier were both out of the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for Game 2 of the NL championship series Saturday because of injuries. wholesale jerseys usa . He spent the rest of the game making up for lost playing time. Green scored a career-high 36 points, including eight in overtime, and the Phoenix Suns beat Denver 112-107 on Tuesday night to hand the Nuggets their fifth consecutive loss. wholesale jerseys free shipping . -- Phoenix got so many power-play chances, one was bound to be successful.MIAMI - Jose Fernandez walked into the Miami Marlins clubhouse four hours before game time and extended his left arm to shake hands with teammates. His right arm rested in a sling and was encased in a cast from above the elbow to his hand. "Im excited," Fernandez said with a grin. "Im throwing a bullpen tomorrow lefty." That would be the only way last seasons NL Rookie of the Year would be able to pitch anytime soon. Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow Friday, and he is expected to be out 12 to 18 months. He rejoined the Marlins on Tuesday for the start of their six-game homestand, but only as a spectator. He also spoke to reporters for the first time since the operation. Fernandez said he felt a pinch in his elbow during a start against the Dodgers on May 4, and was at less than 100 per cent in his final start May 9 at San Diego. He said he didnt tell anyone because missing a start wasnt an appealing option. "I said, I cant do this to my team. Were in first place. I cant let them down right now," Fernandez said. "Its nobodys fault. It happened. Its sad it did. I dont blame anybody, and I dont regret not saying anything. That was my call. Probably it wasnt the smartest thing, but this is my team, and I give my life for my team." An attorney for Fernandez released a statement last week saying the pitcher changed his delivery for his final start, but Fernandez said it was nothing his team or manager could detect. "I was trying not to let anybody see that I was in a little pain,"t; he said.dddddddddddd Fernandez said the ligament came off the bone, leaving him no choice but to undergo surgery. At the time he led the majors in strikeouts, and was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA. "It was sad not because I got hurt, but because I felt like I let my team down," he said. "That was the tough part. I felt bad, but I can take care of this and be back and strong." Tuesday would have been Fernandezs day to pitch as the Marlins opened a series against the Phillies. "Hes going to be out a long time, but we know hes on the road to recovery," manager Mike Redmond said. "We know a lot of guys come back and either pitch the same or better. Its tough to see him in the sling, but we know hes going to be back." Fernandez underwent surgery in Los Angeles. He plans to return there next week to have his cast and stitches removed, before the long rehabilitation process begins. The Cuban defector said hes eager to get started. "To me this is just a little bump in the road," he said. "Ive been through a lot more stuff, tougher things. This is just something Ive got to learn from." At age 21, Fernandez has a 16-8 record with a 2.25 ERA in 36 career starts. Does he anticipate hell be able to pitch as well when he returns? "I hope better," he said. "Im going to be out for a year. Id better learn a lot of things and get a lot stronger. I cant wait to get back on the mound. Its going to be a special day. Its far away, but we have to take the little steps to get there." ' ' '


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