NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Buffalo|
(Saturday, March 24th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Minnesota 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Marcus Foligno scored the game-winning goal
early in the third period as the Buffalo Sabres continued their charge toward
the playoffs with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at First Niagara Center on
Thomas Vanek and Cody Hodgson scored and Ryan Miller posted 24 stops for the
Sabres, who have won four straight.
With the victory, Buffalo moved into the eighth and final playoff position in
the Eastern Conference with 84 points, two ahead of the idle Washington
"I wasn't surprised that they had better legs early on," Sabres head coach
Lindy Ruff said. "But we dug in with shorter shifts and came out at the start
of the second period and started to make a difference."
Steven Kampfer scored the lone goal for the Wild, who had their brief two-game
winning streak snapped. Josh Harding gave up two goals on 36 shots.
Minnesota opened the scoring at 6:51 of the first period after Kyle Brodziak
picked the puck up in the neutral zone on the right wing, beat two checkers
and went in on a 2-on-1 down low with Kampfer. Brodziak looked up and sent a
saucer pass right to the tape of Kampfer, who one-timed it past Harding.
The Sabres tied it just 1:12 into the second period after Hodgson jumped on a
loose disc behind the net, cut out in front and tried to stuff it home from in
close. Harding made the first save, but Vanek was able to poke the puck home
amid a scramble in front.
Skating on the power play, the Sabres took the lead for good at 1:45 of the
third frame when Tyler Myers blasted a slap shot from the point that was
tipped past Harding by Foligno in front to make it 2-1.
Hodgson added an empty-netter while on the power play with less than a second
remaining to seal the victory for Buffalo.
"They have a lot of skill up front and their defensemen are solid," Harding
said. "I thought we came out strong, but kind of let our foot off the gas in
the second period. It's too bad we didn't come out on the winning end."
Saturday marked the only meeting of the season between the teams. Buffalo
defeated Minnesota, 3-2 in overtime in the only matchup between the sides last
year...Buffalo improved to 2-4-0 at home all-time against the Wild...Buffalo
also improved to 30-3-2 when allowing two goals or fewer and 28-4-4 when
scoring three or more...The Sabres finished 2-for-4 with the man advantage,
while the Wild failed to score on two power-play chances...The Sabres will try
to extend their winning streak against the Caps on Tuesday, while Minnesota
will visit Washington on Sunday.
03/24 23:28:27 ET