Paul Gaustad had two goals and an assist, Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves to help lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
Cody McCormick had a goal and two assists, and Jason Pominville also scored for Buffalo, which has won four of six. The Sabres are 14-1 at home against the Sharks.
Rookie center Logan Couture had a goal and assist, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Douglas Murray also scored for San Jose.
Antti Niemi made 31 saves for the Sharks, who went 3-2 on a five-game road trip.
San Jose had a letdown one night after a dramatic shootout win over Philadelphia in which the Sharks overcame a three-goal, third-period deficit for the first time in franchise history.
Up by a goal after 40 minutes, Buffalo went ahead 4-2 on McCormick’s fourth of the season just 31 seconds into the third period. At the doorstep, McCormick jammed home Gaustad’s feed from the right circle.
Murray cut the Sharks’ deficit to 4-3 with 10:34 left by firing in a slap shot from the top of the left circle.
Gaustad iced it with an empty-net goal with 27 seconds to go. Vanek made it 6-3 with his second of the game, scored with 8.7 seconds remaining.
Gaustad gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead with his second of the season with 7:42 remaining in the first period. Off the faceoff in the left circle, McCormick’s shot went in off Gaustad’s stick.
Vanek pushed Buffalo’s lead to 2-0 with his team-leading 12th goal at 6:48 of the second. After Derek Roy sent a slick behind-the-back pass from below the goal line into the slot, Vanek teed off with a one-timer that went between Niemi’s legs.
Pominville made it 3-0 with a short-handed goal with 6:34 remaining in the second. At the Buffalo blue line San Jose defenseman Jason Demers whiffed on a pass before Pominville picked up the loose puck and went on a breakaway.
The Sharks cut the deficit to 3-2 after two periods with a pair of goals 3:25 apart. Couture started the surge with his team-leading 14th of the season on the power play. Vlasic’s wrist shot from the slot made it a one-goal game with 45 seconds remaining in the second.