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Buffalo Sabres' Drew Stafford (21) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

Conacher Leads Sabres to 3-1 Win in Edmonton

Cory Conacher scored his first two goals as a Sabre and also picked up an assist, leading Buffalo to a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Thursday. The victory snaps a seven-game losing skid, giving the Sabres their first win since March 6.

Taylor Hall opened the scoring with a power play goal late in the first. David Perron worked the puck from behind the net to Justin Schultz, who then found a wide-open Hall. The former number one overall pick snapped his 24th goal of the season past Matt Hackett for the 1-0 lead.

The Sabres tied things up at 9:16 of the second period on Conacher's first goal with the team. With Hall in the penalty box for hooking, Conacher got his stick on a Jamie McBain slapshot, deflecting the puck into the Edmonton net. Conacher's second of the evening came just 1:09 into the final period, another tipped shot that found its way past Ben Scrivens. Drew Stafford stayed red-hot, picking up his fifth goal in seven games, later in the period. Tyler Ennis spun a nice backhand pass to Stafford, who roofed a shot over a sprawling Scrivens to put Buffalo up 3-1.

Hackett, making his first start with the Sabres, was solid with 35 saves in the win. His counterpart, Scrivens also faced 36 shots, stopping 33 of them. The Sabres look to make it two wins in a row in the final leg of their Western Canada journey. Buffalo and Vancouver will face off at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Hear all the action on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period

17:48 - EDM - Taylor Hall (24) (PPG) (Justin Schultz, David Perron)

4:43 - EDM - Luke Gazdic (5 min., fighting)
4:43 - BUF - Zenon Konopka (5 min., fighting)
13:40 - BUF - Cory Conacher (2 min., roughing)
13:40 - EDM - Ben Scrivens (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct served by Tyler Pitlick)
13:57 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., slashing)
16:48 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (2 min., high-sticking)

2nd Period

9:14 - BUF - Cory Conacher (5) (PPG) (Jamie McBain)

2:06 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., boarding)
4:09 - BUF - Torrey Mitchell (2 min., hooking)
7:56 - EDM - Taylor Hall (2 min., hooking)
12:52 - EDM - Ryan Smyth (2 min., slashing)
16:14 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (2 min., tripping)

3rd Period

1:09 - BUF - Cory Conacher (6) (Torrey Mitchell, Cody Hodgson)
4:44 - BUF - Drew Stafford (15) (Tyler Ennis, Cory Conacher)

7:03 - BUF - Mike Weber (5 min., fighting)
7:03 - EDM - Matt Hendricks (5 min., fighting)
13:18 - BUF - Cory Conacher (2 min., tripping)

BUF - Matt Hackett (35 shots, 36 saves)
EDM - Ben Scrivens (33 saves, 36 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 1 of 2
EDM - 1 of 6

Three Stars
1.) BUF - Cory Conacher (2 G, 1 A)
2.) EDM - Taylor Hall (1 G, 0 A)
3.) BUF - Matt Hackett (35 saves)

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