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Jets Hold Off Sabres 2-1



Jhonas Enroth came up with 37 saves Monday night against Winnipeg, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Jets from skating away wtih a 2-1 victory. Thomas Vanek scored Buffalo's lone goal, his 18th.

The two sides were both kept out of the net in the first period, but not for lack of trying -- especially by the Jets. Winnipeg racked up 14 opening period shots, but Jhonas Enroth stopped each, including a penalty shot attempt by Evander Kane.

Buffalo fell behind 1-0 at 7:42 of the second on Aaron Gagnon's 3rd of the season. Gagnon was left alone in front of the Sabres' crease and tipped a Derek Meech pass over Enroth's left shoulder to put Winnipeg ahead. Thomas Vanek tied it up with a power play goal 4:15 later. Vanek redirected a Tyler Ennis pass into the Jets' net for his 18th, making it a 1-1 game.

Winnipeg regained the lead at 12:24 of the third period thanks to Antti Miettinen. Enroth appeared to get most of the shot, but the puck dribbled under his pads and over the goalline to put the Jets ahead for good 2-1.

Playing in his first game since March 12, Mikhail Grigorenko saw 15:18 of ice time over 15 shifts, with one shot on net. Grigorenko was a healthy scratch for Buffalo's last two games after rejoining the team from QMJHL Quebec.
 
The Sabres have just two games remaining, including Tuesday's postponed road trip to Pittsburgh. Faceoff against the Penguins will be 7:30 p.m. on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period
Goals

None

Penalties
11:18 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., cross checking)

2nd Period
Goals
7:42 - WPG - Aaron Gagnon (3) (Derek Meech, Dustin Byfuglien)
11:57 - BUF - Thomas Vanek (PPG) (18) (Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford)

Penalties
3:48 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., high-sticking)
11:38 - WPG - Blake Wheeler (2 min., hooking)
19:34 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., roughing)
19:34 - BUF - Steve Ott (5 min., fighting)
19:34 - WPG - Andrew Ladd (5 min., fighting)

3rd Period
Goals

12:24 - WPG - Antti Miettinen (3) (James Wright, Mark Stuart)

Penalties
None

Goaltending
WPG - Ondrej Pavelec (24 saves, 25 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (37 saves, 39 shots)

Power Plays
WPG - 0 of 3
BUF - 1 of 1

Three Stars
1.) BUF - Jhonas Enroth (37 saves)
2.) WPG - Antti Miettinen (1 G, 0 A)
3.) BUF - Tyler Ennis (0 G, 1 A)

 


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