The 0-5-1 Sabres played host to the Minnesota Wild and are still looking for their first win of the season. Off to a very disappointing start, the Sabres are looking for not only their new guys to get into scoring mode, but they are also looking towards the veterans to start getting my opportunity, neither of which was evident in this contest.
In a rather uneventful game, the Wild took control from the opening face-off and never looked back going on to win 2-1. Goalies Josh Harding and Jhonas Enroth did not see too much action in this game facing only 23 and 20 shots, respectively. This teams have only played each other 13 times and it shows as they did not seem to have problems with each other and just played their game.
Minnesota got on the board first within the first 5 minutes of the game on a wrist shot by Kyle Brodziak, his first of the season. Buffalo was able to get on the board with a goal by Brian Flynn, also his first of the season. Things were starting to look up for Buffalo and they appeared to have a little more life in the game, until Drew Stafford was penalized for hooking. Playing his first game back in Buffalo since being traded to Minnesota before last season, Jason Pominville was able to capitalize and give Minnesota a power play goal, his second of the year. The third period saw no scoring and no real opportunities and Minnesota seemed to have this game easily in hand throughout the last 10 minutes.
While the Sabres are still looking for their first win, the Wild will continue their first extended road trip of the season with a game against the hot Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The Sabres will hop on a plane to NY to play the Islanders, also on Tuesday.