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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Buffalo

(Friday, March 9th)

Final Score: Minnesota 5, Buffalo 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Dominic Moore scored twice and Josh Harding stopped 35 shots as Minnesota upended Buffalo, 5-1, at HSBC Arena.

Pavol Demitra, Keith Carney and Todd White also tallied for the Wild, who have won back-to-back games and moved two points ahead of Calgary into second place in the Northwest Division. Brent Burns picked up a pair of assists, his third multi-point game of the season.

Michael Ryan scored for the Sabres, who have lost two in a row for the first time since late January. Ryan Miller stopped 18-of-22 shots before being pulled in the third period. Ty Conklin made eight saves in his Buffalo debut.

Moore's first period goals staked the Wild to a 2-0 advantage.

At 4:55, Sabres defenseman Dmitri Kalinin gave the puck away deep in the Buffalo zone, where it found Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the left side at the goal line. He turned and fed Moore for a scorching one-timer from the left circle that sailed over Miller's shoulder.

Moore followed with 5:41 left in the period, as he beat two defenders to Martin Skoula's lead pass and scored with a backhand shot.

Marian Gaborik was awarded a penalty shot with 5:27 to play in the second, as Nathan Paetsch dragged him down from behind on a partial breakaway. Miller came up big by dragging his pad on the right side to prevent Gaborik's low shot from slipping in.

The stop did little to lift the Sabres' play, and Demitra boosted the lead to 3-0, 3:31 into the third, when his bank shot off Miller's back from behind the goal line on the left side fooled virtually everyone on the ice, who thought he would center the puck to Demitra waiting in the slot.

It was 4-0 for the visitors at the 7:32 mark when Carney's left point floater deflected off a Sabres forward and dipped past Miller. Following the goal, Miller was yanked and Conklin made his first appearance in a Sabres uniform.

Ryan finally broke through for the home team with 3:59 left in regulation, when he took the puck away from Skoula at the bottom of the right circle, skated in, and roofed a backhander over a fallen Harding.

White capped the scoring on a shorthanded goal with 46 seconds to go on a shot that rang off the right post and veered inside the crossbar.

Game Notes

Buffalo dropped just its third home game in its last 12...Minnesota is 4-2-0 against Buffalo in the last six meetings...Moore's goals were his first points since his acquisition from Pittsburgh last week...Minnesota was not awarded a power-play chance in the game...The Wild host Colorado on Sunday, and the Sabres host New Jersey on Saturday in the finale of their three-game homestand.

03/09 23:03:50 ET

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