The Sabres scored four unanswered goals on Tuesday, good for a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets at First Niagara Center. The victory marked Buffalo's first regulation win since November 15th and first win when trailing after two periods.
The Sabres got off to what may have been their best start of the season, creating scoring chances and peppering Ondrej Pavelec with 19 first-period shots, but had nothing to show for it. Buffalo and Winnipeg headed to the second period scoreless, however it wouldn't stay that way for long.
Mark Scheifele beat Ryan Miller twice in the span of 36 seconds early in the middle frame, putting the Jets up 2-0. The Sabres cut the lead in half on Steve Ott's fourth of the season. The Buffalo captain slammed home a Drew Stafford rebound after Mike Weber made a nice play, keeping the puck in the Winnipeg zone.
Down by a goal entering the final period, the Sabres stunned the Jets with a pair of goals in the opening 2:31. Marcus Foligno tied things up 50 seconds into the third, tapping a Cody Hodgson pass into the net at the top of the crease. Buffalo took the lead a few moments later on a Matt Moulson power play tally. Parked in front of the net, Moulson deflected a Christian Ehrhoff shot past Pavelec, putting the Sabres ahead 3-2.
Matt Ellis made it 4-2 at 13:38 of the third, swatting a Kevin Porter pass out of the air and into the net. The goal was allowed to stand following a brief review in Toronto. Buffalo will go for two in a row, at home once again, Thursday against the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. Hear all the action on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.
9:29 - WPG - Chris Thorburn (2 min., interference)
11:00 - WPG - Tobias Enstrom (2 min., delay of game - puck over glass)
16:16 - BUF - Drew Stafford (2 min., tripping)
1:02 - WPG - Mark Scheifele (5) (Grant Clitsome)
1:38 - WPG - Mark Scheifele (6) (Unassisted)
10:16 - BUF - Steve Ott (4) (Drew Stafford, Mike Weber)
14:59 - WPG - Bryan Little (2 min., elbowing)
0:50 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (4) (Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers)
2:31 - BUF - Matt Moulson (12) (PPG) (Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Ennis)
13:38 - BUF - Matt Ellis (1) (Kevin Porter, Brian Flynn)
2:11 - WPG - Eric O'Dell (2 min., hooking)
16:02 - BUF - Drew Stafford (2 min., roughing)
16:02 - WPG - Grant Clitsome (2 min., roughing)
16:02 - WPG - Grant Clitsome (2 min., roughing, served by Chris Thorburn)
WPG - Ondrej Pavelec (27 saves, 31 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (25 saves, 27 shots)
WPG - 0 of 1
BUF - 1 of 5
1.) BUF - Matt Moulson (1 G, 0 A)
2.) BUF - Mike Weber (0 G, 1 A)
3.) BUF - Matt Ellis (1 G, 0 A)