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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Minnesota

(Saturday, December 13th)

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Buffalo 2

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Jim Dowd scored the game-winning goal with 24 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Wild over Buffalo, 3-2 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Antti Laaksonen scored the game-tying goal for the Wild with five minutes left, as Minnesota improved to 3-2-1 in its last six games.

Miroslav Satan scored a goal and assisted on one for the Sabres, as Buffalo dropped its second game of the season to Minnesota.

Mika Noronen made 21 saves for the Sabres, while Manny Fernandez made 15 stops for Minnesota.

Buffalo took a 2-1 lead less than two minutes into the third period when Chris Drury took a pass from Satan and fired a wrist shot past Fernandez.

Before giving up the final two goals in the last five minutes, Noronen had a strong second period as he stopped 11 shots.

Both teams swapped goals in the first period. Buffalo got on the board first when Satan scored to make it 1-0. The Wild answered six minutes later when Jason Wiemer scored to tie it a 1-1.

Game Notes

Buffalo lost for the first time in three games at the Xcel Energy Center...Minnesota has won three of the last four meetings in the series with the Sabres...The Wild went 2-0-1 in its three-game homestand...The Wild failed in five opportunities on the power play, while Buffalo could not take advantage of the chances with the extra skater...Dowd's goal was his first since October 18...Minnesota won after trailing in the third period for the first time this season...Wild opponents are 0-for-28 in their last 28 power- play opportunities...Fernandez has not allowed more than two goals in his last six starts.

12/13 23:28:14 ET

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