NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Buffalo
(Tuesday, October 28th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Alexandre Daigle and Andrew Brunette each scored power-play goals to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Wes Walz added a shorthanded tally for the Wild, who won for just the second time in their last eight game (2-5-1).
Manny Fernandez allowed just one goal on 33 shots as Minnesota held its opponent under two goals for only the second time in 10 contests this season.
Dmitri Kalinin scored the only goal of the game for Buffalo, which had its three-game win streak come to an end. The Sabres had won the final three games of their West Coast road trip before the loss.
Martin Biron made 18 saves in the losing effort for Buffalo.
The Wild's first goal came while shorthanded in the first period. As they were killing off a bench minor, Walz rushed down the ice on a 2-on-1 break and snuck the puck between the pads of Biron for the club's first shorthanded tally of the season.
Minnesota then opened a two-goal lead when Daigle scored his team-leading fourth goal of the young campaign. He took a pass from Willie Mitchell at the right circle and fired a perfect shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net at 7:07 of the middle period for a 2-0 lead.
Early in the final period Brunette scored a power-play goal of his own to make it a 3-0 game. The goal was Brunette's first of the season.
Buffalo finally got on the board at 7:03 of the third period when Kalinin jumped on the rebound of an Adam Mair shot and lifted the puck over the glove of Fernandez. Kalinin's second tally of the season reduced the deficit to 3-1 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the contest.
The Sabres dominated the final period and continued to apply pressure on Fernandez. However, the Wild netminder was up to the task and denied 13 Buffalo shot attempts in the stanza to help preserve the victory.
The game marked the return for left wing Pascal Dupuis, who ended his holdout Sunday when he signed a new three-year deal. Dupuis, who last season led the Wild with a plus-17 rating and finished tied for second on the team in points with 48, played just under 12 minutes and recorded one shot in his season debut.
Minnesota, however, is still without its leading scorer from last season, as All-Star right winger Marian Gaborik is currently without a contract.
Minnesota has now scored with the man advantage in seven straight games...The Wild placed forward Brent Burns on the injured list to make room on the active roster for Dupuis...Buffalo's Chris Drury had a seven-game point streak come to an end...Buffalo fell to 1-3 at home this season...The Sabres honored Rob Ray during a pregame ceremony.
10/28 21:53:47 ET