Cody Hodgson picked up two assists and notched the shootout winner, lifting the Sabres to an upset win over the Sharks on Tuesday 5-4. Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons also recorded two-point nights for Buffalo. Ryan Miller stopped 47 saves in the win.
Martin Havlat opened the scoring at 8:48 of the opening period with his first goal of the season. Havlat backhanded a Patrick Marleau rebound past Miller, putting San Jose ahead early 1-0. Buffalo evened the score 2:36 into the second frame on a Stafford goal. The Sabres forward slipped the puck between Antti Niemi's pads to tie things up 1-1.
Moments later, Cody McCormick put Buffalo ahead with his first goal of the season. Taking a pass from Stafford, McCormick snapped a shot into the Sharks net, giving the Sabres a 2-1 advantage. Ennis made it 3-1 early in the third on a power play opportunity. Streaking to the net with Hodgson on a 2-on-0 break, Ennis one-timed a pass past Niemi for his second goal of the season.
Just 1:59 later, San Jose made it 3-2 when a diving Tyler Kennedy shoveled home a Marc-Edouard Vlasic rebound. Only 1:10 after Kennedy's goal, Tomas Hertl tied the score 3-3 with his wrap-around chance. Buffalo took the lead right back about three minutes later on Henrik Tallinder's second of the year. Tallinder capped a flurry of activity in front of the Sharks net, blasting the puck past Niemi and putting the Sabres ahead 4-3 with 12:32 to play. Tommy Wingels' game-tying goal came at 16:14 of the final frame, ultimately sending the game to overtime.
In OT, replays appeared to show a goal for San Jose however, the play was not reviewed and the two sides skated to a shootout.
Logan Couture and Matt Moulson opened the shootout with goals for their respective teams before Hodgson picked up the game-winner in the fourth round. The Sabres improve to 3-13-1 on the year while San Jose falls to 10-1-4. Buffalo's California road swing continues on Thursday in Los Angeles. The Sabres and Kings will faceoff 10:30 p.m. Hear the call with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on WGR 550.
8:48 - SJ - Martin Havlat (1) (Patrick Marleau, Brad Stuart)
1:25 - BUF - Cody McCormick (5 min., fighting)
1:25 - SJ - Mike Brown (5 min., fighting)
14:03 - BUF - Ville Leino (2 min., hooking)
16:31 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., roughing)
16:31 - SJ - Mike Brown (2 min., slashing)
2:36 - BUF - Drew Stafford (2) (Jamie McBain, Zemgus Girgensons)
5:53 - BUF - Cody McCormick (1) (Drew Stafford, Zemgus Girgensons)
5:50 - SJ - Tyler Kennedy (5 min., fighting)
5:50 - BUF - Johan Larsson (5 min., fighting)
7:39 - BUF - Rasmus Ristolainen (2 min., interference)
14:18 - BUF - Johan Larsson (2 min., high sticking)
1:20 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (2) (PPG) (Cody Hodgson, Matt Moulson)
3:19 - SJ - Tyler Kennedy (2) (Marc-Edouard Vlasic)
4:29 - SJ - Tomas Hertl (9) (Scott Hannan, Joe Thornton)
7:28 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2) (Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson)1
16:14 - SJ - Tommy Wingels (4) (Tomas Hertl, Justin Braun)
1:05 - SJ - Dan Boyle (2 min., hooking)
8:49 - SJ - Tyler Kennedy (2 min., interference)
9:28 - SJ - Scott Hannan (2 min., hooking)
14:11 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (2 min., hooking)
SJ - Logan Couture - GOAL
BUF - Matt Moulson - GOAL
SJ - Joe Pavelski - MISS
BUF - Tyler Ennis - MISS
SJ - Patrick Marleau - MISS
BUF - Drew Stafford - MISS
SJ - Tomas Hertl - MISS
BUF - Cody Hodgson - GOAL
BUF - Ryan Miller (47 saves, 51 shots)
SJ - Antti Niemi (32 saves, 36 shots)
BUF - 1 of 3
SJ - 0 of 4
1.) BUF - Tyler Ennis (1 G, 1 A)
2.) SJ - Tommy Wingels (1 G, 0 A)
3.) SJ - Tomas Hertl (1 G, 1 A)