Buffalo has not been in the win column very much this season and it has been extra difficult to win in regulation. They were, however, able to play their game against Winnipeg and won for only the second time this season during regulation time, 4-2.
Buffalo was able to out shoot Winnipeg, something they haven’t done very often this year either. In true Sabres fashion, they allowed two goals before they could get themselves working together to score their own goals. It would take until the second period for either team to score but the Jets would get on the board first, and second. Both goals were scored by Mark Scheifele, his 5th and 6th of the season and both in the first minute of the second as well as both within 30 seconds of each other. The Sabres were just outworked at center ice and there was nothing Ryan Miller could do to stop either goal.
It would take to almost halfway through the second for Buffalo to get on the board and pull within one. Sabres Captain Steve Ott would score his 4th on the year on a nice play by all 5 members of the Sabres team. Hard work at the blue line and a nice read on a rebound lead to Ott’s goal.
The third period was all Buffalo as they would score three goals to secure the win over Winnipeg. Just under a minute into the period, Marcus Foligno would score his 4th of the season to tie the game at 2. A nice play off the board with Foligno parked in front of the net pulls Buffalo back in this game. Just two minutes later, while on the power play, Matt Moulson would deflect a shot from the point and get his 12th of the season and put Buffalo in the lead for the first time. Recalled Matt Ellis would score his first of the year to secure the win for Buffalo. Ellis has been tremendous for Buffalo’s AHL Affiliate, the Rochester Americans, but has been relatively quiet while with the Sabres, until now.
Buffalo has been unable to secure back to back wins since the middle of November but they will look to build on the momentum when Boston comes to town on Thursday. Winnipeg heads back home to play host to Florida on Friday and will look to rebound from this tough loss.